The Dissolution of NATO May Be the Only Way to Prevent WWIII
MILITARISM, 17 Jul 2023
10 Reasons Why NATO Ought to Be Disbanded
11 Jul 2023 – The proxy war of the US vs. Russia in Ukraine could easily develop into World War III. The litany of dangerous weaponry presaging a direct, full-scale war between the U.S. and Russia is instructive: The most advanced tanks, F-16s, depleted uranium munitions, cluster bombs, and even discussion of “tactical” nuclear weapons are thrown into an already toxic admixture, always open to further miscalculation.
This is not to absolve Russia of the invasion. One cannot ignore the dialectic of conflict, which left unchecked, will lead to a greater disaster than has already befallen the people of Ukraine.
Key to this miasma is NATO, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, whose principal European members are committed to a total war with Russia, but on the U.S.’ tab.
NATO military strategies have lacked cohesion and coherence and have led to stasis on the battlefield. Victory over Russia has occurred in the western media, but not on the battlefield. There will be no ceasefire because trickery is no longer an option.
NATO officials will look to escalate the war. The U.S. knows it cannot. Clearly Europe needs a new security architecture which includes Russia with security guarantees for all member states. How can this be achieved with NATO resistance to an end to the war?
As the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) gathers to deliberate in Vilnius, Lithuania, one item that should be on the agenda is the sunsetting of the treaty which established NATO.
The dissolution of NATO itself may be the only way to prevent wider war and to stop the United States and the world from being plunged into the abyss of a wider, cataclysmic war.
Here are (at least) 10 reasons why NATO ought to be disbanded:
- NATO, formally known as the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, (headquartered in Brussels, Belgium) was formed April 4, 1949, to protect Europe against the Soviet Union. The Soviet Union ended on December 25, 1991. NATO fulfilled its founding purpose thirty-two years ago.
- NATO, has far exceeded the geographical boundaries of the North Atlantic. It has expanded its membership to include nations in the Baltic Sea, the Mediterranean Sea, the Adriatic Sea, the Aegean Sea and the Black Sea.
- As an expansionist military organization, NATO has extended its military activities far beyond the North Atlantic to Afghanistan, the Gulf of Aden, Iraq, Libya, Darfur, Sudan, and off the Horn of Africa. It has even flown airborne early warning and control systems (AWACS) over United States air space.
- The founding purpose of NATO was as a defensive alliance. Article One from the North Atlantic Treaty, which established NATO, reads as follows: “The Parties undertake, as set forth in the Charter of the United Nations, to settle any international dispute in which they may be involved by peaceful means in such a manner that international peace and security and justice are not endangered, and to refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force in any manner inconsistent with the purposes of the United Nations.”
- NATO is an instrument of war, contravening the founding purpose of the 193-member United Nations, formed in 1948 “to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war.”
- NATO operates under the color of international authority, while threatening to bring “the scourge of war” to the world. It has aggressively asserted itself, in reliance on the assets of the United States of America, without which it would be a nullity. NATO’s rejection of diplomacy, its unbridled commitment to regime change, its support for ongoing escalation, is a threat to the peace of the region.
- NATO’S global pretensions are on full display. On July 10, 2023, it presumed to deliver a warning to China.NATO’s Secretary General Jen Stoltenberg, said “The Chinese government’s increasingly coercive behavior abroad and repressive policies at home challenge NATO’s security, values and interests.”
- NATO is not an independent body. More than 50% of NATO’s budget is paid for by the U.S., yet NATO’s Brussels leadership presumes to implicate the U.S. in wider war, a matter of Constitutional concern to the U.S. Congress.
- NATO members are required to pay 2% of their GNP for NATO membership. This has turned NATO into an arms bazaar, at the expense of the social and economic needs of the people of its member states, leading to the militarization of Europe.
- NATO is helpless to protest policies which are antithetical to European social and economic concerns. The destruction of the Nordstream Pipeline, has enabled US interests to price-gouge Europeans for energy. US sanctions policies have cut off European access to markets, further crippling economic growth.
Dennis Kucinich is a former presidential candidate (D) who was in the US Congress for 16 years. He focused on pressing domestic issues, jobs, housing, health care, workers’ rights, retirement security, and environmental protection. He also works to avert or to end wars that undermine US domestic priorities. Author Site
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