NATO: “The decomposing corpse”
Canada must kiss the corpse good bye
We live in a very dangerous unilateral world dominated by a war mongering super power. NATO should have been dead at the end of Cold War l in 1991 like its Soviet counterpart the Warsaw Pact. Now it is among the walking dead and needs to have a stake driven through its heart. That can only be done by the member states who so foolishly allow themselves to be exploited for more and greater warfare on behalf of the failing empire. The continued existence of NATO becomes a measure of the cowardice and irresponsibility of its member states as they blindly accommodate America’s lust for endless war. It is an ongoing betrayal of their populations. Its continued existence is based on lies and propaganda.
Jens Stoltenberg is NATO’s secretary-general; more accurately he is Washington’s bag man. His power is titular. He is an automaton dispensing lies and deceptions as ordered. Like his predecessor Anders Fogh Rasmussen there is only one requirement for the job. Be ready to sell your soul for Washington’s wars.
NATO has a well-rounded propaganda machine to keep its member states on message. When I addressed the issue of NATO in a letter to former Foreign Affairs minister Stephan Dion, I received the obligatory reply. I later found out it was a reformatted hand-out from NATO headquarters. So much for this government having any original thoughts on the existence of NATO.
The US has just committed 3500 more troops to a renewed war in Afghanistan. This, despite the fact that after sixteen years expert opinion says it is an unwinnable war. It is though not about war but its strategic location. Afghanistan is perfectly positioned as a pressure point for the ongoing US siege of China and Russia, as are Syria, the Ukraine, and North Korea. These countries are used to feel out and provoke preliminary to the main event which might well be nuclear war. It is all part of closing the noose.
As Russia and China are so often portrayed as the aggressors it is worth reminding ourselves the US and NATO account for 65% of annual global military spending. This is roughly 6 times that spent by Russia and China combined.
In Afghanistan Canadian Forces casualties were second only to those of the US with 24 countries participating. Canada’s Chief of Defense Staff (2005-2008), General Rick Hillier said , “NATO in Afghanistan started down a road that destroyed much of its credibility and in the end eroded support for the mission in every nation in the alliance…Afghanistan has revealed that NATO has reached the point where it is a corpse decomposing.”
When he was on the campaign trail Donald Trump shared Hillier’s concerns regarding NATO. Since becoming President, Trump has become a bellicose supporter after the generals of the junta took him for a walk in the park. He made it clear during his Fort Myers speech in announcing yet another Afghanistan escalation that he expects the NATO vassal states to contribute. Speaking to a military audience peppered with teleprompters- granting him great lucidity- he also announced the generals are going to be cut loose to do what they gotta do and allowed to operate in much more secrecy.
In his time P E Trudeau expressed his discontent with NATO: “I bear solemn witness to the fact that NATO heads of state and of government meet only to go through the tedious motions of reading speeches, drafted by others, with the principal objective of not rocking the boat.” He sidelined NATO as a priority in Canada’s defense policy; but never got around to axing our participation in it.
For those of us in our grey years we have witnessed two cold wars back to back-which in itself is alarming. Cold War II, now in progress, is much more dangerous than Cold War I.
With Cold War l the US and the USSR blunted each others power. The concept of MAD (Mutually Assured Destruction) prevailed. In other words neither could launch a major attack on the other without taking heavy loses. Where the two powers had regional rivalries and there were close calls(the Cuban Missile Crisis for one) it was a stalemate.
In Cold War ll there is no countervailing power to the US as global bully.
In Cold War l NATO was a legitimate defense alliance for the defense of Western Europe. Now it has mutated into a well-oiled propaganda machine and a proxy for American global military aggression.
Barack Obama signed off on a one trillion dollar initiative to renew and upgrade its nuclear arsenal. American war culture now talks of the use tactical nuclear weapons(8x times the power of the Hiroshima bomb), of first strike and zero retaliation strategies- so quick and devastating no response is possible.
The US continually berates NATO member states for not contributing their fair share. They are actually a key component in financing and fighting America’s wars of aggression against enemies manufactured by the US. This is really a tribute tax.
The US is addicted to militarism and endless warfare. The ensuing instability this causes is its strategy for maintaining global dominance. Left unchallenged it is entirely open-ended.
American historian Michael T. Klare reports The US and NATO are preparing for a major war against Russia.
The faint-hearted Liberals and Conservatives (aka the ConLib Clique), have failed to deal with the decomposing corpse of NATO. The NDP have had a long standing desire to take Canada out of NATO. Now is that crucial time. Now it has to become part of the agenda for real change.
History will judge harshly a witless collection of vassal states who through appeasement laid the ground work for more war, potentially nuclear.
Wars are started through both calculation and miscalculation and the NATO corpse is America’s stalking horse for both.
Canada and other NATO vassal states have it in their power to defuse a very dangerous build up for war, if only they have the political and moral courage to do so. It is time to kiss the corpse good bye-difficult as it is to kiss a corpse.
Read Brian Cloughley’s article The Decomposing Corpse of NATO.
Note also the articles following it on NATO’s preparations for war in the Ukraine and Georgia.
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