!NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organisation) leaders, including Donald Trump and Boris Johnson, are meeting in Britain to plan more military offensives. The NATO Secretary General is Jens Stoltenberg, former Labour Prime Minister of Norway.
WHAT IS NATO?
In 1949 it was the British Labour Government which took the lead in setting up this anti-Soviet alliance including the USA and France. Its aim was “to keep the Russians out, the Americans in, and the Germans down”. The growing hostility between the Western imperialist powers towards the then socialist Soviet Union generated a frantic arms race with both sides stockpiling massive amounts of nuclear weapons. In 1954 the new Soviet leaders tried to defuse the situation by applying for membership of NATO. They were rudely rebuffed so in 1955 the Warsaw Pact alliance of the Soviet Union and East European countries was set up as a counterweight to NATO. The frantic arms race continued and by the 1980’s American cruise missiles and Pershing 2 rockets were being deployed in Britain and Western Europe.
With the collapse of the Soviet bloc in 1989 to 1991 the claimed reason for NATO’s existence had gone. The NATO leaders assured the new Russian government that they had no desire to incorporate the East European countries into NATO. Yet since then most of these countries—such as Poland, Czech Republic, Baltic states, etc.—have become members, often against the wishes of the people in those countries. NATO has largely achieved its original aim of surrounding Russia on its western borders and now it is trying to grab Ukraine. The Russian-speaking population in Eastern Ukraine have seen their rights trampled on by reactionary governments in Kiev which are strongly backed by NATO and the European Union..
Following the 9/11 attack by Al Quaeda NATO launched invasions and occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq even though the governments of those countries were not responsible. In Afghanistan the people fought back against the foreign invaders and the defeated NATO forces are pulling out. NATO left Iraq in a mess which provided the extreme Muslim fundamentalist Islamic State an opportunity for domination.
NO TO IMPERIALISM, NO TO NATO!
Quite clearly NATO’s aim is to defend and advance the interests of the ruling classes of the Western capitalist countries. In doing so it consumes 70% of total world armaments expenditure and Donald Trump wants it to spend even more. NATO is an enemy of the great mass of people in both its own countries, such as Britain and Norway, and the rest of the world.
PEOPLE OF THE WORLD,
UNITE AND DEFEAT NATO IMPERIALISM !