Readings on the NATO summit – 1.7.22

NATO have just finished their annual summit which this year, was held in Madrid. Below are three readings which provide some analysis of what was discussed and what direction NATO are going in. Once you start to drill into this, the conclusions are pretty bloody alarming. Which is why, now more than ever, we need an effective anti-war, anti-imperialist movement to challenge this. If an effective challenge cannot be mounted then to be blunt, we haven’t really got much of a future left…

NATO has completed its post-Cold War transformation from Europe’s guard dog into America’s attack dog – Scott Ritter | RT | 30.6.22

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization, or NATO, has just wrapped up its annual summit in Madrid, Spain. The one-time trans-Atlantic defensive alliance has, over the past three decades, transformed itself from the guardian of Western Europe into global cop, seeking to project militarily a so-called values- and rules-based posture.

Empire To Expand NATO In Response To War Caused By NATO Expansion – Caitlin Johnstone | 29.6.22

Turkey’s President Erdoğan has officially withdrawn Ankara’s objection to the addition of Finland and Sweden to NATO membership, with the three countries signing a trilateral memorandum at a NATO summit in Madrid.

The removal of Erdoğan’s objection was reportedly obtained via significant natsec concessions from the other two nations largely geared toward facilitating Turkey’s ongoing conflict with regional Kurdish factions, and it removes the final obstacle to Finland and Sweden beginning the process of becoming NATO members. Finland’s addition will more than double the size of NATO’s direct border with Russia, a major national security concern for Moscow.

NATO and a War Foretold – Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J.S. Davies | Common Dreams | 28.6.22

As NATO holds its Summit in Madrid on June 28-30, the war in Ukraine is taking center stage. During a pre-Summit June 22 talk with Politico, NATO’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg bragged about how well-prepared NATO was for this fight because, he said: “This was an invasion that was predicted, foreseen by our intelligence services.” Stoltenberg was talking about Western intelligence predictions in the months leading up to the February 24 invasion, when Russia insisted it was not going to attack. Stoltenberg, however, could well have been talking about predictions that went back not just months before the invasion, but decades.

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