By Pepe Escobar
September 06, 2014 "ICH"
First thing we
do, let's kill all the myths. The North Atlantic
Treaty Organization is nothing but the Security
Council of the Empire of Chaos.
You don't need to be a neo-Foucault hooked on
Orwellian/Panopticon practices to admire the
"ring of steel" crossing average roads, parks
and even ringing castle walls to "protect" dozens of
NATO heads of state and ministers, 10,000 supporting
characters and 2,000 journalists from the real world
in Newport, Wales - and beyond.
NATO's summit in Wales also provides outgoing
secretary-general Anders "Fogh of War" Rasmussen the
chance to display his full attack dog repertoire.
It's as if he's auditioning for a starring role in a
remake of Tim Burton's epic
Fogh of War
all over the place, talking "pre-positioning of
supplies, equipment" - euphemism for weapons;
boosting bases and headquarters in host countries;
and touting a 10,000-strong, rapid reaction
"spearhead" force to respond to Russian
"aggression" and deployable in a maximum of five
in a bad cop-bad cop routine, outgoing president of
the European Commission, outstanding mediocrity Jose
Manuel Barroso, leaked that Russian President
Vladimir Putin told him over the phone later last
week he could take Kiev in a fortnight if he wanted.
Well, Putin could. If he wanted. But he doesn't want
it. What matters is what he told Rossiya state TV;
that Kiev should promote inclusive talks about the
future statute of Eastern Ukraine. Once again, the
Western spin was that he was advocating the birth of
a Novorossiya state.
Here, The Saker analyzes in detail the
implications of what Russia really wants, and what
the Novorossiya forces really want.
With Lithuanian president Dalia Grybauskaite
predictably spinning that Russia is "at war with
Europe", and British Prime Minister David Cameron
evoking - what else - Munich 1938 (Chamberlain
appeasing Hitler), Fogh of War has had all the ammo
he needs to sell his Einsatzgruppen. Cynics
are excused to believe NATO's spearhead force is
actually The Caliph's IS goons raising hell in "Syraq".
Warmongering, though, is not an easy sell in a
crisis-hit EU these days. Not only Germany, but also
France, Italy, Spain, Romania, Hungary and even
Poland have expressed "reluctance" one way or
another to back NATO's strategy of a more "robust"
presence in Eastern Europe and the Baltic. Moreover,
the Empire of Chaos and its Brit junior partner in
the "special relationship" want everyone to shell
out more cash (a minimum of 2% of GDP). Even as the
EU is facing no less than its third recession in
The bottom line is there will be no more rotation on
NATO's Eastern front. Legally, the set up cannot be
defined as "permanent", because it will go against a
1997 NATO-Russia pact. But it will be permanent.
That applies to Szczecin, in Poland, near the
Baltic, and the so-called multinational Corps
Northeast - land, air and sea. Estonia and Latvia
for all practical purposes are being touted as
"Putin's next targets". And defending them from
"Russian aggression" is NATO's new red line.
Additionally, Finland and Sweden may sign NATO Host
Nation agreements. This implies NATO forces may use
Swedish and Finnish territory in the future on the
way to what's hazily referred to as "operations". At
least deployment of foreign troops still needs
parliamentary approval - and Swedes and Finns are
bound to raise eyebrows.
No R2P for you, buddy
Even with all this Mars Attacks! hysteria,
NATO in thesis won't discuss Ukraine in depth in
Wales - or an imminent R2P ("responsibility to
protect") Ukraine from the remixed "Evil Empire"
(copyright Ronnie Reagan). But there will be
"military consultations" and a bit of cash shelled
out to the Kiev military - who are having their
(bankrupt) collective behind solemnly kicked by the
federalist/separatist forces in Eastern Ukraine as
much as NATO had theirs kicked by a bunch of
Pashtuns with Kalashnikovs in Afghanistan.
By the way, the latest US$1.4 billion the
International Monetary Fund shelled out to Ukraine -
the Mobster-style interest will hit much later -
will be used by an already bankrupt Kiev mostly to
pay for a bunch of T-72 tanks it bought from
Hungary. Money for nothing, tanks for free.
Ukraine, it must be stressed, is not a NATO member.
Technically, every NATO bureaucrat in Brussels
admits that a candidate country must request
membership. And countries with regions mired in an
international dispute are not accepted. So Ukraine
would only be considered if Kiev gave up Crimea.
It's not going to happen.
Still, Washington's obsessive play to annex Ukraine
to NATO will keep marching on (in the matter of
accession, by the way, the European Union would
issue a firm "no"). Outgoing Prime Minister Arseniy
“Yats” Yatsenyuk as well as President Poroshenko,
are desperate for a NATO intervention, or at least
Ukraine being accepted as some form of privileged
ally. Yats expects "monumental decisions from our
Western partners at the summit". In vain.
NATO somehow is already in Ukraine. A NATO cyber
center group has been in Kiev since March, operating
in the building of the Council of National Security
and Defense. So it is a bunch of NATO bureaucrats
who actually determine the news agenda in Ukraine -
and the non-stop demonization of all things Russia.
Ukraine is all about Germany now. Berlin wants a
political solution. Fast. Berlin wants Russian gas
flowing via Ukraine again. Fast.
Berlin does not want US missile defense in
Eastern Europe - no matter what the Baltic states
scream. That's why Poroshenko's latest "Invasion!
Invasion! Invasion!" craze is nothing but pure
desperation by a lowly, bankrupt vassal of the
Empire of Chaos. Of course that does not prevent
Fogh of War - who got the NATO job because he was an
enthusiastic cheerleader of the rape of Iraq - to
keep crying "Invasion!" till all Danish retrievers
And then there's NATO's recent record. An
ignominious defeat in Afghanistan. A "humanitarian"
bombing that reduced once-stable Libya to a
miserable failed state immersed in total anarchy and
ravaged by rabid militias. Not exactly fabulous PR
for NATO's future as a coalition assembly line with
global "vocation", capable of pulling off
expeditionary wars all around the world by creating
the appearance of a military and political consensus
unified by - what else - an Empire of Chaos
doctrine: NATO's "strategic concept" approved at the
2010 Lisbon summit. (See
US a kid in a NATO candy store, Asia Times
Online, November 25, 2010.)
Since those go-go "Bubba" Clinton years; through the
"pre-emptive" Dubya era; and now under the R2P
dementia of Obama's warring Medusas (Rice, Power,
Hillary), the Pentagon dreams of NATO as global
Robocop, dominating all the roles embodied by the UN
and the EU in terms of security. This has absolutely
nothing to do with the original collective defense
of NATO signatories against possible territorial
attacks. Oh, sorry; we forgot the attacks by those
(non-existent) nuclear missiles deployed by evil
The Ukraine battleground at least has the merit of
showing the alliance is naked. For the Full Spectrum
Dominance Pentagon, what really matters above all is
something that's been actually happening since the
fall of the Soviet Union; unlimited NATO expansion
to the westernmost borders of Russia.
The real deal this September is not NATO. It's the
SCO's summit. Expect the proverbial tectonic shifts
of geopolitical plaques in the upcoming meeting of
the Shanghai Cooperation Organization - a shift as
far-reaching as when the Ottoman empire failed at
the gates of Vienna in 1683. On the initiative of
Russia and China, at the SCO summit, India,
Pakistan, Iran and Mongolia will be invited to
become permanent members. Once again, the battle
lines are drawn. NATO vs SCO. NATO vs BRICS. NATO vs
Global South. Therefore,
Pepe Escobar is the author of
Globalistan: How the Globalized World is Dissolving
into Liquid War (Nimble Books, 2007),
Red Zone Blues: a snapshot of Baghdad during the
surge (Nimble Books, 2007), and
Obama does Globalistan (Nimble Books, 2009).
- He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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“buying into the Russian propaganda”.