Friday, 4 April 2014

65 Years Of NATO

The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) celebrates its 65th birthday today, an organisation that spent the first 42 years keeping its armies at home but since the implosion of the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact in 1991, found a renewed willingness to send them in to battle for the next 23.
Iraq, Bosnia, Serbia, Macedonia, Afghanistan and Libya have all been on the receiving end of NATO weaponry since 1991 as well as the Chinese embassy in Belgrade.
With the rapidly changing nature of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) into a military alliance between China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, maybe an opposing alliance with just as much firepower is when is needed to cool NATO heels and send it back to being the kind of non-warmongering alliance that it was for the first 42 years.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

don't think that will work lucy. the alliances and super powers are already situationally constrained. an asian alliance doesn't change that.

examples: we are not going to get into it with russia over ukraine. poland, probably. germany for sure.

will not get into it with china over those islands near japan. ditto vietnam.

messing with taiwan, bad choice china.

the reverse is also true. if we messed with cuba or mexico, russia and china would make noise but no action. but, if we messed with Vietnam or Thailand, china would act. If we messed with finland, Russia would engage.