If NATO wouldn't have produced so much chaos and destruction around the world, one of its most characteristic propaganda ads would make you laugh
NATO, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s 70th anniversary, was met with anti-NATO protests across the world, including Washington D.C. On April 4th 1949, the alliance’s treaty was signed by twelve organizations and today it has grown to 29 members.
Sharmini Peries of the Real News Network, spoke with Yves Engler on this occasion.
As Engler pointed out:
After World War II, the Soviet Union was not a threat to Western Europe, but indigenous, socialist, and Communist parties in Italy, in Greece, in France, had a lot of support. And they would have won an election in Italy, almost won 30 percent of the vote in France, and would have took power in Greece if it wasn’t for US intervention.
What NATO was designed to do was to blunt the European Left - and in the words of Canada’s Foreign Minister, “a conquest from within.” That was the objective of NATO, to stop a conquest within (i.e. a Socialist or Communist taking power internally).
The secondary reason for the creation of NATO and why it continues to exist today is because NATO was designed to reinforce European colonial power in Africa and Asia and bring it under a US-led geopolitical umbrella and basically to have this alliance that brings the leading capitalist countries together to dominate the world under Washington’s lead. And that’s something that Washington has continued to want to do around the world.
The end of the Soviet Union didn’t end Washington’s desire to dominate the world. And so NATO as a tool for that domination has really continued on until today and in fact, become more belligerent since the end of the Cold War.
Observe one of the most characteristic NATO ads presented during the interview above. The outrageously blatant propaganda here could be easily considered a very bad joke.
So, according to NATO that wants to justify its existence:
Today, we face a much broader range of threats than in the past. To the east, Russia has become more assertive with the illegal annexation of Crimea and destabilization of eastern Ukraine, as well as its military buildup close to NATO’s borders. During the Arab Spring, NATO led an air campaign over Libya to protect civilians being targeted by the Gaddafi dictatorship. NATO and its partners have helped to prevent piracy off the Horn of Africa and are cooperating to fight terrorism in the Mediterranean Sea. NATO has also supported international efforts to stem illegal migration and human trafficking in the Aegean Sea.
In only a few lines you can find lies, double standards and deliberately ignored facts in abundance. Brought to you by the most ruthless neocolonial force, which produces chaos and destruction around the planet for decades.