Our cherished NATO

NATO: On its 70-year birthday, the NATO-led military-industrial complex can congratulate itself with a world that spends more than 1800 billion dollars in preparation for war.
Truls Lie
Editor-in-chief, Modern Times Review
Published date: April 4, 2019

Isn’t it all a big sham in the end, The North Atlantic Treaty Organization? Secretary general of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg insists for its member nations to raise their defense budgets. And President Trump, NATO’s chief promoter, asks for a doubling from two percent of the GDP to four. Is this how we are going to celebrate the 70 years anniversary this April, applauding two of the well-paid lobbyists for the arms industry?

The fresh report, NATO at Seventy, from Harvard Kennedy School is subtitled «An alliance in crisis». The world’s «most successful alliance» apparently confronts its most complex challenges ever. Really? Yes, some are afraid that the American president might not acknowledge «article number 5» – the «one for all and all for one» of the 29 member nations. Also, there are the challenges of bio-weapons, information weapons, and artificial intelligence, which will lay claim to 20 percent of defense budgets to cover costs of surveillance, intelligence, and new tech. A third challenge for NATO is the EU, The African Union, and The Arab League – which they want to get more deeply involved in the race.

On its 70-year birthday, the NATO-led military-industrial complex can congratulate …

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