Stop NATO: Post-Summit Digest
Compiled by Rick Rozoff
[T]he western powers are left with the one option where they rule supreme: the military. NATO is planning its new global strategy with Libya as the working model. Smothered in rhetoric of "human rights", "democracy" and "responsibility to protect", the former colonial powers are planning their new "land grabbing".
Saakashvili continued to fawn and even lashed out at the new anti-NATO, Occupy demonstrators, calling them "relics of the past" and saying that the Cold War relic that is NATO was "more relevant now than ever before." The disconnect was not only evident from the Georgian side. NATO reciprocated.
So get out those checkbooks and keep paying for the war and death that is NATO; after all, they keep shoving their missiles in Russia's face and keep protecting you against the phantom menaces that they keep telling you are threatening you.
The NATO summit put on display how we can and do conjure up foreign and domestic threats to justify government control of our society. For it is fear that justifies not just our obscene military spending, but more importantly, the official violation of our civil and constitutional rights and the concession of political power to corporations.
Poverty, inequality and militarism are forms of violence that constitute a vicious circle, which must be broken for the survival of humanity. Each of these evils is fed by the others, all must be challenged. All three are in NATO, a military alliance linked with the interests of several of the richest and most powerful nations.
The increase in military budgets under the pretext of safeguarding peace is an offense to people who lack the bare minimum to live with dignity. NATO, which has never been a defensive alliance, has invaded distant countries such as Afghanistan and Libya, with disastrous effects, and has been extended to the borders of Russia, causing the threat of a new nuclear arms race, and intends to go further, to Africa, East Asia and the Pacific.
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