NATO was founded in April 1949 with the signing of the North Atlantic Treaty
, the ostensible purpose of which was to keep the "Free World" safe from the Soviet menace. What was never mentioned indeed what was known only to a few people at the time is that it was the West that had built that menace in the first place. This was documented thoroughly by Antony C. Sutton
, whose seminal works are routinely ignored in both academe and political discourse.
The original purpose of NATO is now somewhat obsolete, with the collapse of the Soviet Empire under its own weight and Russia now being in some senses more free than many Western countries, it could be scaled down, but that seldom happens with quangos, NGOs or international bodies of this nature.
Next year, NATO will be holding a major conference in the UK, at Newport, Gwent, and the Stop-the-War Coalition
will be opposing it. According to their latest mailing:
"NATO has been at the forefront of disastrous wars in Afghanistan and Libya and at the centre of the planned intervention in Syria and the expansion of its nuclear armed bases has a destabilising impact from Eastern Europe to Central Asia.
Our protests in Wales next year will be expressing the point of view of the vast majority of people who want an end to these foreign wars and to the massive arms spending that goes with them."
That sounds very reasonable, although NATO may not think so. Like most big organisations, NATO produces a fair amount of PR material and has its own channel on YouTube. Take a gander at this recent video
. Listen to what the narrator says: in the Bosnian War over a hundred thousand people lost their lives, "including over 10,000 women and children". That's right over a hundred thousand "people", not 90,000+ men and 10,000+ women and children. And now guess what, NATO is giving its troops lessons in "gender awareness".
The figures given for the mass rape of women and children are horrific, but are they genuine? Not everybody thinks so. Did those so-called rape camps
Men's rights activists, especially in the US and Canada, will recognise this as the feminist
doctrine of male disposability
, although naturally feminists
never call it this.
The spokeswoman in this video could have been a victim of mass rape, but it is admitted here that although she lived for months in a military camp fearing she would be so assaulted, nothing terrible happened to her. Now she makes her living explaining to NATO soldiers how they must all be terribly good chaps and not commit gender-based violence when invading sovereign nations.
Here is an alternative view, our old friend Alex Jones railing against Angelina Jolie
, and for once he might just be right, not about this airhead actress, but about NATO, the US military, the whole shebang. It is their so-called humanitarian intervention in the Middle East, Bosnia and now Africa that is the cause of all this misery. We should allow these people to get on with it, even if they are killing each other, because every conflict we enter makes the problem worse. Of course, if it is only men who are being sent home in body bags or with their bodies shattered and their minds broken, why should anyone care?