What NATO the North Atlantic Treaty Organization has become
NATO or the North Atlantic Treaty Organization is an intergovernmental military alliance, and for its first few years, NATO was not much more than a political association. Over the past 12 years, NATO has been involved in full-fledged wars in three continents.
After the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, the organization became drawn into the Breakup of Yugoslavia in the 1990s which resulted in NATO’s first military operations in Bosnia from 1991 to 1995, and later Yugoslavia in 1999. After 11 September, troops were deployed to Afghanistan under the NATO-led ISAF and the organization continues to operate in a range of roles sending trainers to Iraq, assisting in counter-piracy operations] and most recently (2011) enforced a NATO-led no-fly zone over Libya, which morphed into NATO planes flying 9,500 strike sorties against pro-Gaddafi targets, with massive destruction and killings resulting.
With 28 full members at present, after a 75 per cent increase between 1999-2009, and over 40 partners around the world, the North Atlantic bloc has integrated the militaries of a third of the world’s nations for deployments to war and post-war zones in the Balkans and South Asia, with Africa the next destination. (Members include Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States, though only a few participate in combat operations.)
NATO’s latest trophy is the battered, bloodied and brutalized body of Muammar Gaddafi, murdered after a U.S. Hellfire missile and French laser-guided bombs struck his convoy outside Sirte on October 20. Russian representative to NATO Dmitry Rogozin lambasted this regime change and destruction of Libya as emblematic of sadistic triumphalism, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin denounced them as disgusting and Deputy Speaker of the State Duma Ivan Melnikov characterized the first as “a striking illustration of American and their NATO allies’ policy in the North-African country.”
Meanwhile, NATO ground, air and naval forces continue their murderous rampages in Afghanistan, across the border into Pakistan, in Kosovska Mitrovica, and off the coast of Somalia in the Gulf of Aden and adjoining waters (where NATO killed the captain of a Taiwanese fishing vessel and wounded two Iranian fishermen in separate attacks earlier this year).
The time is ripe … to demand the disbanding of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization as the gravest threat to world peace.
[Excerpts of an article by Rick Rozoff]