Thursday, February 11, 2016

Is US-Dominated NATO Planning War on Russia?

Is US-Dominated NATO Planning War on Russia?

by Stephen Lendman

Given America’s bipartisan criminal class, the unthinkable is possible - the madness of launching catastrophic nuclear war, a strategy only lunatics would support.

When NATO defense ministers meet, America’s imperial agenda dominates discussions, other alliance members pressured to go along, even when harming their national interests.

After meeting in Brussels on Wednesday, US-appointed NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said they “agreed on an enhanced (multinational) forward presence in the eastern part of our alliance…to make clear that an attack against one ally is attack against all allies, and that the alliance as a whole will respond.”

Fact: US and other NATO members face no threats, imminent or otherwise - especially from Russia, Putin the preeminent world peacemaker.

Fact: NATO’s only threat is internal, member states going along with US imperial policy, raping one nonbelligerent country after another, risking direct confrontation with Russia.

NATO forces plan rotational deployments close to Russia’s borders, the same scheme begun months earlier, escalating it to a more provocative level.

Russia protested the move to no avail, blasting what it called “the false pretext of (nonexistent) ‘aggressive behavior’ by our country.” 

Is Washington daring Putin to respond militarily? He’s obliged to protect Russian national security, at the same time intending no foolish actions. 

His longstanding policy pursues peace and stability, going all-out to avoid greater war, wanting ongoing conflicts resolved diplomatically.

Provocative US-led actions based on a nonexistent Russian threat coincide with Pentagon commanders lobbying Congress for increased military spending, along with pressuring other NATO members to increase their own.

All this at a time when invented threats alone exist, when Washington is hellbent for endless war - Russia and China perhaps its ultimate targets.

Imagine if adversarial foreign forces deployed along America’s northern and/or southern borders, if their warships patrolled off its Atlantic and Pacific coasts close to its territorial waters.

Full-scale war might follow, Washington claiming a major threat. Russia shows remarkable restraint in the face of US actions perilously close to naked aggression, posing a real threat to its security.

US-dominated NATO’s increased military buildup along its borders risks becoming prelude to direct confrontation, the unthinkable possibility of catastrophic nuclear war.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

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