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Adriatic Charter and the Balkans: Smaller Nations, Larger NATO

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“We’re honored to be here during this historic time of renewed independence in Montenegro’s proud history.

“I’m also proud to have worked regularly with many of the visionary leaders of your great nation in the last year.”  [12]
Members of the cigarette smuggling and sex-slave trafficking cabal of Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic have been called many names, but it took the US Navy chief in Europe to elevate them to the status of "visionary leaders."

The Pentagon conducted a "three day military-to-military familiarization seminar: in the Montenegrin capital of Podgorica in August of the same year."

"Historic time of renewed independence," indeed.

The same Ulrich, "responsible for NATO-led missions in the Balkans, Iraq and the Mediterranean," had paid a visit to Macedonia in September of 2006 to recruit troops for deployments abroad. News reports of the time spared readers further examples of his inflated oratory.

Not to ignore any former Yugoslav entity, in December of 2008 it was reported that "NATO foreign and defence ministers have prepared a Partnership for Peace action plan to expand co-operation with Serbia." [14]

This March NATO summoned the defense ministers and other defense officials of Albania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia and Turkey to the Croatian capital of Zagreb to "discuss regional security challenges and trends and new possibilities for regional cooperation within the Adriatic Charter...." [15]

The Adriatic Charter was crafted by Washington and personally supervised and implemented by Colin Powell and the Pentagon with the purpose of turning the entire Balkans into a US and NATO military "forward base" and recruiting ground for wars in the so-called Broader Middle East and former Soviet space in the Caucasus and elsewhere.
From the onset of the breakup of Yugoslavia the NATO powers have had ambitious and permanent plans for the Balkans. The expanded - and still expanding - Adriatic Charter is the culmination of those designs.
1) Xinhua News Agency, May 9, 2009
2) NATO International, May 8, 2009
3) U.S. Department of State, January 20, 2009
4) Xinhua News Agency, May 9, 2009
5) Macedonian Information Agency, May 9, 2009
6) Makfax, May 7, 2009
7) Balkan Insight, February 27, 2009
8) Kosova Information Center, February 9, 2009
9) B92, January 21, 2009
10) Associated Press, October 23, 2006
11) Associated Press, April 3, 2007
12) United States European Command, May 24, 2007
13) United States European Command, August 7, 2007
14) Southeast European Times, December 5, 2008
15) Xinhua News Agency, March 3, 2009

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Rick Rozoff has been involved in anti-war and anti-interventionist work in various capacities for forty years. He lives in Chicago, Illinois. Is the manager of the Stop NATO international email list at:
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