NATO IS OBSOLETE

Long before he won the U.S. Presidential election, Donald Trump described NATO as “obsolete”. That exactly describes it. After the end of the Second World War, NATO was established in order to confront the Soviet Union and its allies in the Warsaw Pact. The United States stood with Western European allies. An attack on any of those states of Western and Northern Europe would result, via Article 5 of the NATO treaty, in a response, including possible nuclear response, from all NATO members including, crucially, the USA.

Half a century after NATO was founded, socialism died. The Soviet Union imploded. At that point, a genuinely new relationship might have been established between Russia and the United States and its dependent allies. As it was, Russia was invaded by a horde of carpetbagging business chancers (often Jewish) and similarly-staffed US and UK (mainly) corporate entities. The West took the chance to loot, batten upon and spy the bejesus out of Russia.

The result, a quarter-century on, is that Russia, having to some extent regained its self-respect and strength, now confronts the West, including NATO. Meanwhile, NATO has expanded far from its Atlantic roots and interferes far and wide. Its membership has expanded to include states such as Poland and Lithuania. At the same time, NATO (USA) has established bases and stationed missiles on the ground of some of the former Warsaw Pact and now NATO members.

It is important to understand what this means: if any NATO member is attacked, all other NATO states are obliged to retaliate to defend that member. What that now means is that a small conflict between Poland and Russia or even between, say, Lithuania and Russia, could and probably would draw in the USA and UK, leading to a major war, which war might, in all probability, go nuclear.

The absurdity and the danger is clear. A border skirmish or a misunderstanding might trigger a short but devastating war, the ultimate consequences of which are incalculable. The worst-hit country might be the UK, which still hosts numerous U.S. bases.

Russia is not the Soviet Union. The Soviet Union was an aggressive and (despite “Socialism in one country”) expansionist entity, founded on a premise of world Marxist-Leninist revolution; its military doctrine favoured attack. Russia now is completely different, has no wish to take over the world and has no ideology beyond that of patriotic nationalism. It is not the same threat as was the Soviet Union.

The conclusion is obvious: NATO must disband. In the meantime, the USA should either leave NATO or demand removal (or at least the softening) of Article 5 of the NATO treaty.

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