NATO the flawed defender

AMERICA: Believes it has the edge on modern Russia.

OTTO Von Bismarck Germany’s Iron Chancellor, who unified Germany in the 20th Century: “People never lie so much as after a hunt, during a war, or before an election.” What about before a war, sir?

There seems to be a belief that in terms of the unthinkable NATO America has the edge on modern Russia. This is self-delusion on a par with the ‘home by Christmas’ canard spouted at the outbreak of the Great War.

NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organisation) was ostensibly created in 1949 to thwart Soviet ambitions. This marketing arm of America’s vast arms industry takes the gold medal at starting conflicts, in defiance of inter-national law. It is remarkably inept at ending them. 

Stephen Lendman, 80-year-old Research Associate for the Centre of Research on Globalisation: “I was never scared through the Cold War. I am scared now. America won’t drop its idea of waging a full size war in the region.” Ukraine is Europe’s biggest country. He speaks for many.

If America gets its eagerly sought for conflict with Russia, the battlefields do not stop at the end of your urbanisation.

You read about the Western Front: in the next war you are the Western Front. The casualty rate will be far worse and irrecoverable.

America hopes to fight Russia to the last Ukrainian, Pole, Latvian, Lithuanian, and Estonian. Dream on. The days of fighting trade wars on the soil of proxy states are over. America’s industrial heartlands, what is left of them, are firmly fixed in the cross-hairs of modern Russia’s formidable means of response. Not my opinion; I researched the beliefs of a wide range of experts on modern warfare.

NATO is a busted flush. In 1990, Germany’s hippie-army, with US military hardware, had a total of 38,300 formidable weapons, plus the back-up of the British Army of Occupation. It’s gone. Next year the last British soldier goes home too.

As in 1939, Germany’s army is now significantly smaller than is Turkey’s or Poland’s. With or without Germany, a war with Russian cannot be won. It is conceded that the Baltic States would be occupied in 24-hours. Brussels concedes that the Bloc’s (NATO) response will be enough for only two categories of missions. Limited participation in a humanitarian operation and operations (frontier customs) to enforce an embargo; Sleep well.

NATO is a paper tiger capable of little more than doing what a sniper’s bullet can do more cost effectively, but less profitably when it comes to regime change.

To bring NATO up to strength would require a drop of 20/25 per cent in European living standards. The performance of NATO’s fighter jets is an embarrassment, as is its means of submarine warfare; it is way behind that of modern Russia.

We have not heard the term MAD (Mutually Assured Destruction) since the end of the Cold War. Today, if America’s war lobby wins, as did Britain’s in 1939, we can all kiss our backsides goodbye.

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