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NATO's 70th Anniversary: Spreading Sorrow, Suffering, and Death Across the Globe

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WASHINGTON D.C. – April 5, 2019

NATO foreign ministers met Thursday in Washington D.C. to mark 70 years since the alliance’s founding amid rifts between members over security and trade issues.

Canada's Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland took the opportunity of the NATO meeting to register Ottawa's displeasure with being labeled a potential national security threat by the US in relation to steel production. She called the designation, which has led to the imposition of tariffs on Canadian steel, "absurd" and pointed to her presence at the NATO meeting as proof that Canada is not a threat to the US

President Trump has questioned the value of the alliance many times and suggested that some members are nothing more that freeloaders. Thus, in the seventh growth of NATO, which took place in 2017, the Alliance adopted tiny Montenegro. This curious fact is connected with "replenishment": the official armed forces of this tiny country count only 1850 people (incomplete brigade, and even divided between "land forces", "naval forces", "air forces" and "headquarters"), and its military expenses are only 50 million euro, or less than 1.3% of Montenegro's budget - the lowest percentage among NATO member countries. Montenegro's Air forces conducted its last flight in 2010, they have no fleet, the country’s land forces have one tank T-55, preserved as a museum exhibit.

Stoltenberg, in an address to Congress on Wednesday and again on Thursday, acknowledged serious divisions within the alliance and called for bigger defense budgets to cope with global challenges such as “Russian assertiveness.”

It is worth noting, however, that it’s not Russia that constantly expands its presence in foreign countries, having nearly 800 military bases in more than 70 countries and territories abroad.

NATO has added a partnership with Colombia, abandoning all pretense of its purpose being in the North Atlantic. NATO is used to free the US Congress from the responsibility and the right to oversee the atrocities of US wars. NATO is used as cover by NATO member governments to join US wars under the pretense that they are somehow more legal or acceptable. NATO is used as a cover to illegally and recklessly share nuclear weapons with supposedly non-nuclear nations and to assign nations the responsibility to go to war if other nations go to war, and therefore to be prepared for war.

Over the past 70 years since its foundation, NATO has gradually evolved from a security organization in Europe into a purely police military structure whose members openly ignore international law. The aggressive actions of the member countries of the alliance directly contradict the objectives set out in the organization’s charter "to ensure stability and well-being in the North Atlantic area" and "preserve peace and security."

Since 2016, the new NATO mission proclaims "containment of Russia," for which further expansion of the bloc and the active participation of member countries in US-led military actions far beyond the borders of Europe are being held. Often these operations lacking either the unanimous support of all members of the alliance, or the necessary resolutions of the UN Security Council as well as the consent of the legitimate government of the country in whose territory military operations are carried out. During their missions member states of NATO actively use tactical and strategic bomber aircrafts, as well as a wide arsenal of missiles. As a result of airstrikes, including night operations, when industrial facilities, infrastructure, and hospitals located in densely populated areas of cities are heavily bombed, it is civilians who suffer the greatest losses. The most inhuman means of extermination of people are used: cluster bombs, guided bombs, and missiles containing depleted uranium, phosphorus bombs.

Despite larger strategic failures in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya, the Obama years were the golden age of the gray zone. The 138 nations visited by US special operators in 2016, for example, represent a jump of 130% since the waning days of the Bush administration. Although they also represent a 6% drop compared to 2015’s total, 2016 remains in the upper range of the Obama years, which saw deployments to 75 nations in 2010, 120 In 2011, 134 in 2013, and 133 in 2014, before peaking at 147 countries in 2015.

When Obama left office, he had bombed 7 Muslim countries. When Trump took over, he continued bombing those same countries and also seems eager to expand a list which currently includes Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, Syria, and Libya by perhaps adding Iran and others.

A US-led coalition of the member states of NATO is actively participating in several conflicts across the globe. One of the most recent is the military operation of the United States and its allies in Syria, where the coalition of 60 countries including the United Kingdom, France, Australia, Bahrain, Belgium, Germany, Denmark, Jordan, Canada, Qatar, Turkey, Netherlands, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia fruitlessly have been “fighting against terrorism” since September 2014, although the official authorities of the country have never invited or agreed to their presence.

Over the nearly five years of its attempts to overthrow the legitimately elected president of the Syrian Arab Republic, Bashar al-Assad, the Western coalition has caused about 30,000 airstrikes. In addition to military targets, strikes were also inflicted on oil industry facilities, power plants and military bases, which could later be used by the Syrian government forces that had gone on the offensive. According to representatives of the coalition, since August 2014, strikes by the United States and its allies on Syria and the territories bordering Iraq have led to the death of more than 1,000 civilians. According to the Syrian human rights organization SNHR, since the beginning of the coalition operation led by the United States, 2,286 civilians have been killed in Syria, including 674 children and 504 women.

On September 22, 2014, the United States Air Force and its allies launched night bombardment of territories occupied by Islamic State militants. The airplanes of Bahrain, Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates joined the first attacks on terrorist training camps located in the Syrian provinces of Racca and Aleppo. The Central Command of the US armed forces took the coordination of airstrikes.

On September 17, 2016, units of the United States Air Force and its allies launched a series of airstrikes against positions at Deir ez-Zor airport. The strike was delivered by four military aircraft, in particular, by two A-10 Thunderbolt attack aircraft, supported by two F-16 fighters from the air.

The Royal Danish Air Force issued a statement saying that two F-16 Danish air forces participated in the airstrikes, and the British said that their attack drone Reaper also took part in the operation. Australian Defense Forces released a statement stating that two Australian Royal Air Force aircraft (F / A-18A) participated in the air raid.

During the airstrike on April 14, 2018, 19 AGM-158 JASSM missiles were fired at Damascus and Homs with two B-1B Lancer bombers from the US Air Force, 8 SCALP missiles from Tornado fighters from the Royal British Air Force and 9 SCALP missiles from The Dassault Rafale fighter jet from the French Air Force.

On April 14, 2018, coalition forces from the United States, Britain and France attacked the Syrian Arab Republic from a British military base with F-15 and F-16 aircraft of the US Air Force and Tornado aircraft British Air Force. In addition, the strategic aviation of the US Air Force (B-1B Lancer) launched cruise missiles at T4, Khalkhala, Mezzeh and Duvali airfields, as well as at two Damascus civilian targets.

On July 19, 2016, as a result of airstrikes by the French Air Force on the territory of Syria, 120 civilians were killed.

An airstrike on September 17, 2016 at Deir ez-Zor airport resulted in the death of approximately 106 people (62 of them were government troops), and about 110 people were injured.

On April 12, 2017, the planes of the US-led international coalition struck the armory of terrorists of the Islamic State group in Deir ez-Zor province. As a result, dozens of civilians were also hit.

At least 43 people, most of whom are women and children, were victims of coalition air force strikes led by the United States in the Syrian city of Rakka on June 3, 2017.

On July 13, 2018, the anti-Syrian coalition of Western states, led by the United States, attacked the villages of Baghouz al-Fakhani and Al-Soussa near the border town of Iraq with Al-Bukamal in the Syrian province of Deir ez-Zor. As a result of the bombing, according to the Syrian national agency SANA, more than 30 civilians were killed and dozens were injured.

Another example of an ongoing NATO operation is “Resolute Support Mission” in Afghanistan, which started on January 1, 2015 right after the “completion” of the 13-years long “Operation Enduring Freedom.” Despite the fact that the operation was declared as “non-combat,” in fact, the fighting continued, but with the leading role of the Afghan military under the command of the United States.

As always, the US- led coalition includes most of NATO members and their “support team”: Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, United Kingdom, Germany, Georgia, Denmark, Spain, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Slovakia, Slovenia, Finland, Estonia, and of course, Ukraine.

American fighters, bombers, attack aircraft and UAVs dropped 7362 weapons on targets throughout Afghanistan in 2018, according to the latest statistics released by the US Air Force Central Command. This is more than in the last three years, and much more than in 2011, the second largest year in history, when American aircraft dropped 5411 bombs.

In general, according to the data, in 2018, American aircraft made 8,196 sorties (966 of them with the use of weapons), which is almost twice as many as in 2017. Most airstrikes were carried out in September and November.

During one of the airstrikes on March 23, 2019, 13 people from the civilian population died in Kunduz province, 10 of whom were children. Three more were injured. On November 30, 2018, in the district of Garmsir, Helmand Province, the United States bombarded and killed more than 23 Afghans / Pashtuns, mostly women and children. The recent American bombing of Afghan/Pashtun villages in the provinces of Nangarhar, Logar, Maidan-Wardak and Helmand led to the deaths of hundreds of civilians. At least six times since 2015, American airstrikes in Kunduz have killed civilians. In 2016, an American airstrike hit a Taliban prison in the Chardar area and killed 16 prisoners who fought on the side of government forces. And as a result of the American bombing of the Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz in 2015, 42 people died.

“The Yankee Empire’s ‘aggressive abroad’ foreign policy is always implemented behind the façade of good intentions, removing some form of evil, and of course providing democracy for the world. The world is not typically improved by this ‘aggressive abroad’ foreign policy but the portfolios of those connected to what President Eisenhower called the Military-Industrial Complex is always greatly enhanced,” wrote James Ronald (Ron) Kennedy, co-author of 13 books, in his essay “Greed & Arrogance—Origin & Evolution of the Globalist Yankee Empire.”

Since its founding in 1949, the US-led NATO has been the world's deadliest military alliance, causing untold suffering and devastation throughout Northern Africa, the Middle East, and beyond. Hundreds of thousands have died in US/NATO wars in Iraq, Libya, Somalia, and Yugoslavia. War is a leading contributor to the growing global refugee and climate crises, the basis for the militarization of the police, a top cause of the erosion of civil liberties, and a catalyst for racism and bigotry.

Author: USA Really