NATO Is the Antithesis of National Security – Colorado Daily

One of the greatest contributions to world peace would be the complete abolition of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

NATO is a military alliance created in 1949 on the initiative of the United States, supposedly to prevent Soviet aggression in Europe. In reality, the Soviet Union, which had lost 27 million people in World War II, was neither able nor motivated to expand militarily.

When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, NATO did not dissolve as its stated mission would imply. Rather, it expanded to include Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Romania, Lithuania and other Eastern European countries that were within the sphere of Soviet influence. NATO currently has 30 member states and regularly adds new constituents.

NATO was never what it claimed to be. It has always behaved like an instrument of American imperialism. It now functions as a military branch of US efforts to establish global economic and political hegemony. NATO’s current strategy is to encircle and weaken both China and Russia, the main obstacles to US global dominance.

NATO enlargement is one of the main sources of the perilous situation in Ukraine. The existence of NATO promotes international antagonism, militarizes the world and greatly increases the likelihood of war, including nuclear war. But that rarely, if ever, improves a nation’s security.

NATO’s sphere of operations has continued to expand, both territorially and operationally. Initially confined to Europe, NATO has operated over the century in Afghanistan, Libya, Georgia, Colombia and the Horn of Africa.

NATO has even appropriated space as a field of operation. It also claims authority to deal with counterterrorism, cybersecurity, and the proliferation of chemical and biological weapons. Recently, NATO leaders announced that cyberattacks against NATO members may warrant a military response. This option is particularly worrisome because determining the source of a cyberattack is often difficult.

NATO insists that its members spend at least 2% of their national income on defence. Yet the main threats to national security are non-military: for example, climate change and pandemics. Two percent of the national income is a waste of desperately needed resources elsewhere.

And speaking of resources both wasted and threatening, NATO brazenly proclaims that the nuclear weapons under its control will be upgraded to make them more “usable”. Currently, NATO is stationing about 150 thermonuclear gravity bombs (B1 nuclear bombs) in five European countries (Belgium, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Turkey). In each of these countries there is strong opposition to the presence of these appalling weapons.

NATO repeatedly rejects a policy of no first use of nuclear weapons and implicitly claims the right to start an atomic war. Moreover, NATO’s actions are contrary to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NNPT). It has located nuclear weapons in states that are signatories to the NNPT and therefore obligated to remain nuclear-weapon-free.

More recently, NATO entered into a partnership agreement with Colombia that apparently violates Latin America’s choice to be a “nuclear-weapon-free zone” under the 1967 Treaty of Tlatelolco.

There are many reasons to abolish NATO; see the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament briefing at cnduk.org/resources/no-to-nato. NATO is the antithesis of true national security. It truly constitutes a nuclear trap implanted at the heart of international relations.

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