Does NATO really exist? Seriously.
As the world gets closer to a new major war this question is worth asking.
Now, it may sound like a strange question… What do you mean with “does NATO exists?”, everyone knows it exists? It’s an official organisation. It does exist, right?
Well, yes, on paper. It exists as a structure, rather complicated structure but still, it’s there.
There are 28 member states in it, each of which has agreed to follow certain political and military conditions and agreements in the name of the “common security and prosperity of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization” members.
All the NATO countries pay membership fees and participate in joint military drills.
But that put aside, we have a reason to believe that NATO in its true purpose does not exist.
Here is why…
NATO was created in 1949 and during the whole cold war it served as an organization that had to protect militarily the Western European counties from the “evil Soviets”.
At least on paper it was supposed to be a defensive treaty that guarantees a mutual protection of any state member in case of a foreign military intervention against that state. Pressured by the Western super powers and fearing the Eastern powers many countries have agreed to be part of NATO.
So far NATO is quite successful, no member country has been attacked (even though 9/11 officially was considered such an attack) and while some people can argue that they would’ve been attacked anyway, the good feeling of NATO keeping the peace somehow exists.
As a side note: In 1974 Turkey and Greece (both members) had a conflict over Cyprus which is not resolved to this day. And NATO has done nothing for it.
Now, after the end of the Soviet Union and the Cold War, NATO had to justify its existence because the “big evil enemy” was gone. So it was decided that it’s time to use the potential of the alliance in operations for democracy and against terrorism.
In the early 90s NATO intervened in Bosnia and Herzegovina and in the late 90s NATO conducted “peaceful humanitarian bombings” over former Yugoslavia. These were the first NATO interventions as a whole united force.
After that there were Afghanistan and Libya.
How does it all relate to the main question?
Well, it’s simple. None of all matters.
The rules, the shared values, the solidarity – they are all crap.
NATO is a geopolitical tool used by the United States. Nothing more.
The NATO army is basically the US army. The administration does whatever they are told by the US. And most NATO members (not all) serve as nothing more but a territory for the US.
US political interests run the show. There are rarely some common decision taken there.
The Russians do not protest over the NATO expansions because they are bad communists who don’t won’t democracy and security in those countries, but because their main geopolitical opponent is grabbing strategic land right next to them putting military bases.
NATO is US run fairy-tale in which only the newest member states believe.
We see it today.
There is obviously a military build up of NATO forces close to the Russian borders. The US wants to start a war. Now, they say that they protect those new member states from Russia, which is naive, but you know, the world is full of fools, so most people buy into it.
However except for the new fresh NATO blood (Poland, the Baltic states and Romania) the other members of the organization do not seem trilled by the idea to fight against Russia.
The US and the Brits think they are away from the battle zone and they are all for it but other countries like France, Germany, Italy do not want it.
And unless something really extraordinary happens those countries will not participate in a war against Russia.
Turkey and Greece are also not likely to participate. Keep in mind Turkey has the second largest army in NATO.
So it’s really the United States and the new Eastern European puppets.
That’s not NATO.
It doesn’t make the war scenario any less dangerous though.
We will discuss this another day.