Who or what is NATO?
The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation is an organization for collective defence whereby its member states agree to mutual defence in response to an
attack by any external party. NATO has 28 members: Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Greece,
Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, the United
Kingdom, and the United States and last but not least, for reasons I want to explore together with you, Germany.
Libya: has NATO bitten more off than it can chew?
NATO became involved in Libya to ‘protect its citizens from Gadaffi’s regime’, which seems a far cry from its original aim of mutual defence.
Libya is not a member of NATO, nor has it attacked a NATO member. But that it not the point of this thread, so please don’t go posting your
judgments about the Libyan situation.
What IS relevant though is the way the Libya matter is splitting the alliance: is NATO in danger of crumbling and splitting up, leaving the
Anglo-Saxon nations holding the pieces? The Daily Telegraph recently reported on how France risked splitting up Nato over the war in Libya by calling
for negotiations with Colonel Gaddafi. Norway has already announced its decision to step out of the Libya ‘project’, while Italy is expressing
grave concerns about continuing the mission.
One by one, the rats seem to be leaving the sinking ship. But there is one nation that seems to thrive on crisis, bringing to mind the now famous Rahm
Emanuel quote : “Never let a good crisis go to waste”
Germany: playing the field
Germany is distancing itself from US/UK/French influence within NATO and has offered to act as a dependable mediator between the two factions in
Libya. This would enable Germany to influence the outcome as well as profit financially from ‘rebuilding’ Libya’s institutions and security
according to German Foreign Policy.
The vacuum left behind should NATO cease to function effectively looks set to be filled by the Germans.
Obama kowtowing to Germany
And it seems US President Obama is beginning to recognise this, although his motives may be rather shortsighted. As The Washington Post noticed, Obama
is beginning to see a German-led Europe as America’s most effective foreign partner.
Is Germany dangerous?
The Trumpet wrote an interesting article about Obama and the Germans, quoting Winston Churchill and George Friedman of StratFor:
Winston Churchill once believed that a strong Germany was always dangerous—even if the world looked peaceful. In his book on World War i titled The
World Crisis, he criticized the people who argued that a civilized Germany was no threat to the West:
They sound so very cautious and correct, these deadly words. Soft, quiet voices purring, courteous, grave, exactly measured phrases in large, peaceful
rooms. But with less warning cannons had opened fire and nations had been struck down by this same Germany. … It is too foolish, too fantastic to be
thought of in the 20th century. … No one would do such things. Civilization has climbed above such perils. The interdependence of nations in trade
and traffic, the sense of public law, the Hague Convention, liberal principles, the Labor Party, high finance, Christian charity, common sense have
rendered such nightmares impossible. Are you quite sure? It would be a pity to be wrong. Such a mistake could only be made once—once for all.
George Friedman: “Geography does not change, and therefore neither does history. The same patterns keep emerging.”
Winston Churchill warned us, and George Friedman agrees. A strong Germany is a threat. But according to the Trumpet, President Obama wants Germany to
play an assertive, dominant, and even aggressive role in the world. www.thetrumpet.com...
What do you think? Is Obama right to woo Germany into a loving partnership? Can Germany be trusted to fill the void NATO is leaving in its wake? Or
should we listen to wise men like Churchill and Friedman and never let Germany rise to a position where it can assert its power over the nations