The Ukrainian conflict has given the Swedish reactionaries a God-send opportunity to revive the dear old Cold War, demand more money to the military and insist on Sweden joining NATO. Russia has finally become a threat to our existence again; weâ€™re back in the good old days! Never mind that Russia hasnâ€™t the conventional military resources necessary to harm Sweden in any way and of course nor the slightest intention or motivation to do so. It doesnâ€™t even want any part of Ukraine (except the thoroughly Russian Crimea, where a large military base threatened to be captured by NATO).
There is still a slight majority of Swedes not wanting a NATO membership, but the propaganda machinery works on all cylinders to change that. After a public debate recently on the subject one propagandist (in Dagens Nyheter) dismissed his opponents with the ironic sentence: â€œThere is obviously a kinder universe where there is no need for NATO. I wish I had a visa that allowed me in thereâ€.
That self-delusion is breath-taking; most universes must be kinder than NATOâ€™s, asÂ we learn from scanning just briefly over the records achieved by this military alliance. During its relatively short existence one or more members of this organization has accomplished a number of things, such as:
- waging numerous illegal, immoral and horrible wars with millions of innocent people killed
- overthrowing a large number of democratically elected governments, usually because they wanted to implement some social reforms to help ordinary people and the poor
- replacing these overthrown governments with dictators, often military ones, sometimes of more or less Nazi character
- supporting other dictators economically, militarily and politically â€“ as long as they obeyed orders, not bothering if they tortured and harassed their populations
- subjecting a country like Cuba to more terrorist attacks than any other country has suffered
- training and equipping death squads in vassal states to kill politicians, union leaders, priests and anyone else with the wrong kind of ideas
Letâ€™s save some space and halt there. If this happens to be the flip side of the coin, what about the positive achievements by NATO that this journalist considered self-evident?
We learned already in school that NATO was established to counter the â€œSoviet empireâ€ and its ambition to conquer the whole world. We have had some scholars trawling through Leninâ€™s voluminous writings to find a sentence revealing the Communist goal of spreading over the entire globe. (There was of course no need to distinguish between Soviet foreign policy and Leninâ€™s speculations in the philosophy of history.)
â€œThe Russians are coming!â€ vindicated all the horrible actions that NATO countries undertook. The fact that the Russian crimes against other nations, at least before the attack on Afghanistan, were completely insignificant compared to NATOâ€™s was easily concealed.
During the first Cold War every sane person realized that the Soviet Union had no interest whatsoever to move beyond the borders of the Warsaw Pact, and no capability to do so. The threat faced by the whole world was that of nuclear obliteration, a horror that sooner was enhanced by NATO expanding its power. That â€œthe Russians are comingâ€ was a fake pretext for the existence of NATO was bluntly revealed by its own leaders when the Soviet Union disappeared. Instead of then dissolving NATO, it was enlarged and expanded!
NATO-countries once created the mujaheddin that later procreated into even tougher Muslim groups who like Frankensteinâ€™s monster turned against their creators. Then with a couple of meticulously brainless wars the whole Middle East was set on fire and we got the ultimate terrorists, IS (and subsequentlyÂ todayâ€™s flood of refugees over Europe).
For every terrorist killed ten more are enrolled, nowadays from every corner of the world. It means that there is no permanent solution to the problems to be achieved by violent means (Russia is wrong there too). A giant reconciliation is the only way out. The way to get there is nowhere in sight today. Probably we will have to await a totally intolerable situation before anything can turn around. But the human capability to use the brain has historically achieved the most unbelievable things, and everything is possible!