This is my second talk out four at the New York Times journey in the Baltic Sea 3-17 September 2017 (www.TimesJourneys.com). Please find attached to my essay a PowerPoint presentation with maps and pictures mostly taken from Wikipedia.
René Nyberg – 7th September 2017
New York Times Journeys
In its in-depth account of Russia’s hacking of the US presidential election (June 27, 2017), the Washington Post mentions possible countermeasures. Among them, the paper noted, was a suggestion that fortunately was never acted upon – move a US naval carrier group into the Baltic Sea as a symbol of resolve. This suggestion is just plain silly. The Baltic is a shallow inland sea that is too small for a carrier group to operate. The German Kriegsmarine referred to the Baltic condescendingly as “the bath tub”, so constrained did the German Navy feel eighty years ago in the narrow confines of the Baltic.