Why Do We Treat NATO as Anything Other Than the US's Poodle?
The US has whipped the Europeans into line, ensuring that there are no more de Gaulles, Chiracs and Schroders
The author is a military observer for the official Russian news agency TASS
A meeting of the Russia-NATO ambassadors' council took place in Brussels after a two-year break. The members laid claims on each other again and left, having agreed on further consultations to take at some point in some places. It’s about the same as in 1999, when Russia broke all ties with NATO because of its war against Yugoslavia, or after August 2008, when Russian troops beat back Georgian army attacks on its peace keepers and the population of South Ossetia. I wonder why we agreed to take part in the Nato/Russia Council meeting?
It’s clear for me, as it probably is for many other people, that NATO is not an independent organization, a political/military/defense alliance of 28 sovereign, independent states. The alliance is a US vassal, intended to control Europe.
As a simple example, 75% of NATO’s budget is American. I remember only a few "mutinies": In 1967, when de Gaulle withdrew France from NATO’s military and closed its Paris headquarters. And during the second Arabian Gulf war in 2003, when French President Jacques Chirac and German Counselor Gerhard Schroder refused to send troops to Iraq.
Since then, Washington has done its utmost to preserve European countries from people like de Gaulle, Chirac and Schroder. Besides, in order to maintain its influence in the Old World, Washington not only spares no expense, but uses every tool in the book, propaganda scares about a ‘Russian military threat’ being one of the most harmless.
Of course, we need to have a dialogue with NATO, but it would be naïve to hope that we can agree on anything, much less obtain guarantees. We need to have a conversation with the European vassals’ overlord – Washington.
We also need to call on the US and its European allies to revise the 1997 NATO-Russia Founding Act, since the alliance, foremost the US, regularly violates it - for example by positioning ‘significant contingents of troops at the Russian borders’. We need to refuse small talk in the Nato-Russia Council and organize a Russia-US Council. We’ve already had a two-plus-two format with Washington, with Foreign and Defense Ministers of both sides. I think we need to put it on a regular basis, either with Obama or his successor.
We need to have a Moscow-Washington dialogue with no middlemen involved. We’ll call for Stoltenberg & Co if we need them.
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