‘There’s a Threat Far Worse Than Islamic Terror’ Warns General
General Mark Carleton-Smith. (Wikimedia Commons)
A British general is warning his country and the West about Russia—a threat he calls “indisputably” worse than anything posed by ISIS or al-Qaeda, the BBC reports. General Mark Carleton-Smith tells the Telegraph:
“The Russians seek to exploit vulnerability and weakness wherever they detect it. Russia today indisputably represents a far greater threat to our national security than Islamic extremist threats such as al-Qaeda and [ISIS].”
Carleton-Smith, who led Britain’s fight against ISIS and in June became head of the British army, says military action has weakened Islamic militants. But in the wake of alleged poisoning and cyber-attacks, Russia looms large.
“Russia has embarked on a systematic effort to explore and exploit Western vulnerabilities, particularly in some of the non-traditional areas of cyber, space, undersea warfare,” he says.
He opposes, however, any notion (perhaps like French President Emmanuel Macron’s
) that would weaken the military strength of NATO. He says the “center of gravity of European security” should hold fast.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov derided Carleton-Smith’s remarks while visiting Lisbon:
“In my experience, we should reinforce success. We cannot influence the British government’s decisions as to whom they trust to head its armed forces. I hope they check the appropriateness of such decisions.”
The Trump administration has dismissed the general’s remarks, which should surprise exactly no one.