Week 29 member States, “the most successful Alliance in history” will gather for a celebration in honor of the 70th anniversary of the unit. However, NATO is not so okay. Instead of “summit” on the outskirts of London will be shortened to only two days of the meeting. What caused the revision of the agenda?
The reasons are many, in particular, the allies fear that the President, trump could take the opportunity to strike another blow to the unity of the members of the Alliance – again publicly blame the Europeans love to “free banquets” at the expense of the defense budget of the United States.
The President of France Emmanuel macron on the day of the 100th anniversary of the armistice of Compiegne announced the diagnosis of the NATO – “brain death”. Today the French leader openly questioned the United States ‘ willingness to fight for Europe and leads the talk about “a truly European army” based on nuclear deterrent of France, is able “independently to protect Europe“.
They say that Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, spends 1.4% of GDP on defense and with the first days of the cold war reliance on US and NATO in tackling Russia under control, is outraged by the “destructive politics” of the French President.
Moreover, on 12 December in the UK will be an extraordinary national elections. Although the labour party declares its loyalty to NATO, the leader of the labour party Jeremy Corbyn – not Clement Attlee, to ensure the entry of Britain into NATO in 1949.
Corbin questioned the relevance of NATO in the era after the cold war. A potential supporter of the new labour government Nicola Sturgeon of the Scottish national party as a precondition of support for the labour party in Parliament requires the closure of the British base the Trident submarines in Scotland.
London will come and NATO ally – Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
After the attempted coup d’état in 2016, Erdogan has conducted large-scale purges of the army and the state apparatus, dismissed thousands of officials, have been jailed more journalists than any other authoritarian leader, and acquired anti-missile systems With-400 Vladimir Putin to strengthen the air defense of Turkey. Erdogan demanded that Americans get out of the way for the invasion in the North of Syria and the destruction of Kurdish fighters getting injured and dying in the course organized by the US-led war against ISIL.
During the cold war, NATO used large-scale support of the Americans and Europeans, and this is understandable. The Soviet Union kept the 20 divisions in Germany surrounded West Berlin and occupied the Eastern Bank of the Elbe.
But the cold war long since finished. Berlin has long been the only capital of a free Germany. The Warsaw Pact disbanded and many of its members joined NATO. The Soviet Union broke up into 15 States, and Communist Yugoslavia split into seven countries.
Communism – how to mobilize faith – long ago dead in Europe. So what, then, do we Americans?Since the end of the “cold war” we doubled the number of NATO members. We got the Alliance of the Baltic States – Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania – and Finland or Sweden. We vowed to fight for Slovenia, Croatia, Albania and Montenegro, but not Serbia, Bosnia, or Northern Macedonia.Allies NATO is Romania and Bulgaria, but not in Moldova and Belarus.
The elder Bush kept us from participating in the Russia-Georgia clash of 2008 over South Ossetia and Abkhazia. And even Barack Obama have refused to send Ukraine lethal aid for the return of the Crimea, Lugansk and Donetsk, although Senator John McCain dreamed about the USA’s participation in these two wars.
During the impeachment hearings in the Congress the representatives of the diplomatic service, talked about the threat of “Russian aggression” against our Ukrainian “ally” and claimed that at stake in the war is our national security.
But since Ukraine is an ally of the United States? Since when are we obliged to support Ukrainian territorial war with military aid (or even military intervention)?
Since when the question of the control of Kiev over the Crimea and Donbas has become critical to U.S. national security if Russia – almost without interruption – controlled Ukraine since Catherine II (the 18th century) to the period of Mikhail Gorbachev (on the sunset of the 20th century)?
Trump became President partly due to the fact that raised provocative questions about the relationship of NATO and Russia – the questions, invariably remained unanswered for three decades, since US foreign policy since the end of the cold war has not removed from the autopilot.
And these unanswered questions are incredibly serious.
Do we really believe that in case of invasion of Russia in Estonia, the United States began to attack the ships, planes and troops of the state, with thousands of pieces of tactical and strategic nuclear weapons? Do we really believe the allies Spain, Portugal and Italy declare war on Russia?
In 1914 and 1939 Canada in the related sign of solidarity with Britain declared war on Germany. And ready Canada Justin Trudeau to recall the Charter of NATO and declare war on Putin’s Russia – say, Estonia or Latvia?
Within NATO we need to declare war for 28 States. The interventionists, who had drawn us into Iraq, Syria, Libya and Yemen, wish the military guarantee of the United States spread to other countries, close to Russia.
One day we’ll be one of the military guarantees, and we may find ourselves in a situation where the American people will claim that knew nothing about the commitments we have obligations and does not want to comply with them, especially if it will be a full-scale war against a nuclear power.
Translation Of Konstantin Vasilkevich
Source – The Town Hall