The results of this recent survey must have made Vladimir Putin very happy indeed:
A survey published by the Pew Research Center on Wednesday showed that the majority of Germans would be against their country using military means to defend a Nato ally against Russian aggression. Despite the notion that an attack on one is an attack on all being enshrined as Clause 5 in the Nato Charter, 58 percent of Germans said they would be against helping a Nato member on the border with Russia militarily.Only 38 percent of Germans said they would agree with the triggering of clause 5 under such circumstances.
Fortunately for the people of Estonia, Latvia and Poland the majority of Americans (and Canadians) DO support NATO and Clause 5. And the United States is prepared to show its support not just with words:
In a significant move to deter possible Russian aggression in Europe, the Pentagon is poised to store battle tanks, infantry fighting vehicles and other heavy weapons for as many as 5,000 American troops in several Baltic and Eastern European countries, American and allied officials say.[...]It would be the most prominent of a series of moves the United States and NATO have taken to bolster forces in the region and send a clear message of resolve to allies and to Russia’s president, Vladimir V. Putin, that the United States would defend the alliance’s members closest to the Russian frontier.
This move by the US was condemned by many on the Left as a "provocation"; among the critics are Sahra Wagenknecht, Putin's representative in the Bundestag, and Jakob "Appease Putin Now!" Augstein, columnist for Der Spiegel. Still, there were a few brave souls, such as Clemens Wergin, who dared to express appreciation for the US acting against Russian aggression in the region:
Europa hat es sich komfortabel eingerichtet mit seiner verfrühten Friedensdividende und seinem latenten Antiamerikanismus. Doch die Wahrheit ist, dass Europa ohne Amerika als Sicherheitsgarant nicht in der Lage ist, Russlands imperialen Gelüsten glaubhaft die Stirn zu bieten.
("Europe feels good about itself with its premature peace dividend and its latent Antiamericanism. But the reality is that without America's guaranty of security Europe would hardly be in the position to counter Russia's imperial designs.")