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NATO seeks to reassert its hegemonic status

Founded in 1949, under the pretext of containing the danger of the Soviet Union, barely four years after the victory of the anti-fascist alliance in World War II, the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) is adding new ingredients in order to present itself as relevant.

 

The organisation is now looking for a new face for another decade of work, now in the middle of a campaign to recapture the Russian threat as a meaning of its existence.

The Secretary General of the military bloc, Jens Stoltenberg, mentioned nine development points for the organisation until 2030.

When speaking about the alliance as a forum for coordinating security matters, Stoltenberg referred to Syria, Iran and North Korea, namely countries that are far beyond the organisation’s natural borders.

Allegedly, this demonstrates the conviction of NATO’s 28 member states that they have some kind of divine permission to act in every corner of the world, as if they were UN peacekeeping forces.

Without any UN Security Council approval to act on behalf of the international community, since its debut in this role against Yugoslavia in 1999, the Atlantic Alliance is once again appropriating the right to act whenever it desires.

To embellish the geopolitical reasons of the Trans-Atlantic organisation lead by the United States, its Secretary General referred to the innovative technology and the need to level the playing field among member states.

“We have to play our role in maintaining international order, based on rules, by presenting ourselves in one voice that defends our values and interests”, he stated.

In other words, the UN is apparently redundant, as that is what NATO is for, ironically, according to some media outlets in the capital, referring to the bloc’s mission as world’s policeman, something they put in their development plan.

Apparently, given the differences that arose within NATO, like those between the United States and Turkey over the latter’s purchase of Russian S-400 [missile] systems, or between Ankara and Athens in the Mediterranean, Stoltenberg is talking about internal unity.

“We have to ensure the reinforcement of the principle of joint defence against all threats”, the military bloc’s Secretary General stated, amid complaints from Russia that the organisation is dangerously closing in to its borders.

“As of 2014, we have carried out the biggest reinforcement of our collective defence in recent times”, the NATO leader stated, after several manoeuvres involving around 20,000 soldiers in 2020.

One of the tasks that Stoltenberg himself has been strongly advocating for almost half a decade is the increase in defence investments.

Military expenses in the context of the Atlantic alliance were a bone of contention between the United States, during the Republican’s Donald Trump term, and European countries.

Now, despite Trump’s departure from the White House, the demand for more military expenditures remains.

Analysts here claim that this translates into more orders for the US military industry.

In this manner, the concept of a decade-long development on the Trans-Atlantic bloc most likely seeks to reaffirm the dominant character of its essence and the aim of maintaining overall pressure over other powers, like in the case of Russia. (PL)

(Translated by Cristina Popa – Email: gcpopa83@gmail.com) – Photos: Pixabay

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