RUSSIA TO NATO!

By William Markiewicz

"BRUSSELS, Apr. 15 - If you can't beat them, join them, goes an old saw. Who would have thought that one day Russia would become a NATO country? Yet that's exactly what the NATO secretary general, Lord George Robertson, and Russia's foreign minister, Igor Ivanov, officially announced today in Brussels, beaming ear-to-ear." (from Truth in Media, The Wall Street Journal, Apr. 15 excerpt).

What a surprising turn in history! Nato, which over fifty years ago was created precisely to deter the appetites of Soviet Russia, now accepts Russia into its circle. Russia, realistically and openly, recognizes its present secondary geopolitical position that is, in sum, very dangerous to her because it has become too weak to hold on to its natural wealth and territory for much longer. Now Russia escapes its fatal isolation by heading toward, not only Nato, but more important, the European Union.

This situation evolved from the EU, which wanted to attract Russia to its circle to counter American domination. For some time Europe has felt uneasy facing its temperamental ally on the other side of the ocean. Slowly the elements of discord built up:

1) The American-German-English alliance against the Serbs pulled the rest of Europe into the Balkan war even if Europe didn't share the German, Croat and Balkan Muslim antagonism toward the Serbs. To keep Nato solidarity, Europe let itself get sucked in.

2) The American attitude, "nihil obstat", encourages Israel not to hurry toward peace with Palestinians and the Arab world. With the Middle East so near Europe can't afford to share America's nonchalance and also, Europe doesn't burn with American desire to avenge Muslim terror.

3) "The Bush administration, in a secret policy review completed early this year, has ordered the Pentagon to draft contingency plans for the use of nuclear weapons against at least seven countries, naming not only Russia and the "axis of evil"--Iraq, Iran, and North Korea--but also China, Libya and Syria." (William M. Arkin, LA Times excerpt).

"A SENIOR aide to Tony Blair yesterday called for a return to colonialism. Foreign affairs adviser Robert Cooper said: "What is needed is a new kind of imperialism. The opportunities, perhaps even the need for colonisation, is as great as it ever was in the 19th century." (Bob Roberts Political Correspondent, the Mirror excerpt.)

Russia skillfully broke the ice, joining Nato as an uninvited ally in the Afghan campaign. Russia knows that the European Union has no designs on Siberia or Caucasus and will not use the divide and conquer ploy to support political turmoil. Europe, for its part, doesn't want an exchange of American and Russian nuclear missiles over its head. Europe has no interest in colonial invasions of central and south Asia or in supporting military putsches, as in Venezuela recently. Even if Russia, Iraq, Iran, China, don't possess power to defend their wealth, still what could Europe gain from it? Only England deludes itself that it will remain America's privileged "smaller brother" and therefore, de facto, separates itself from the rest of Europe. Europe doesn't look with sympathy on the American-English flirtation and doesn't share English illusions.

A stronger Europe doesn't mean that America and Israel will be put down; only American, English and Israeli imperialist circles will be reined in. Chances are now that the spirit of peace will finally prevail over present or future plans of the New World Order.

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