Much stronger than during the First Cold War: Why is NATO so irrational today?

By Jan Oberg The third article in the TFF series on The New Cold War We are witnessing a remarkable increase in tension between the US/NATO and Russia these years – and it can not only be explained by whatever we choose to think happened in Ukraine and Crimea. We find a totally new effort on both sides to use social and other media to tell how dangerous “they” are to “us”. There is a clear tendency to “fearology” – to instill fear in the citizens on both sides about the capabilities and intentions of the other side. We find deeply concerned articles about the possibility of war between the two parties – a quarter of a century after the Berlin Wall tumbled. Why is the new tension rising in Europe between US/NATO and Russia so manifestly dangerous and – with the exception of the Cuban Missile Crisis worse than during the First Cold War? On a series of indicators, the political Western world – US/NATO/EU and Christian (Orthodox, Protestant, Catholic with sects) – is becoming weak relative to other players in the global society. The West has engaged in a series of wars that turned into very costly fiascos – from what followed from Sykes-Picot which turned 100 in May 2016 over Vietnam to the destruction of Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria. The West is still the largest economic bloc and the 28 NATO members cover about 70% of […]

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The Western moral decay

The World Humanitarian Summit held in Istanbul, May 23-24, 2016 failed to achieve its fund-raising goals. No one from the richest countries – except Angela Merkel – or of the UN Security Council attended – writes eminent observer Baher Kamal for InterPress Service, IPS. The richest and most powerful, the most militarized and the most greedy on earth of course […]

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Danskerne vil ikke have nye kampfly!

Politiko.dk fortæller torsdag den 21. april at det står sløjt til med befolkningens støtte til nye kampfly til en anslået indkøbspris på 30 milliarder kroner – eller 5,300 kroner per mand, kvinde og barn i vort land. Opinionsundersøgelsen, foretaget af Wilke for Jyllands-Posten, viser 53% imod, 31% for og 16%, der ikke véd hvad de skal mene. Selv med en antaget stor fejlmargen er der altså ingen tvivl om at danskerne i overvejende grad er imod at bruge pengene på disse fly – som for øvrigt anslås at ville koste yderligere 60-70 milliarder at bruge og vedligeholde i de cirka 30 år, de skal kunne fungere i. Det er da en meget positiv nyhed. Giver håb. Og hvis forsvarsministeren ikke kan komme med bedre argument end dem, han disker op med hér af intellektuelt slappeste type, så står vi ret godt “rustet.” Det er jo den traditionelle historie om at russerne er en trussel – til forskel fra da Sovjetunionen var faldet sammen og Warszawapagten blev opløst. Ja tænk! – russerne har rejst sig lidt siden da! Og hans andet argument er at vi må gøre som de andre – det vil sige USA i første række, nemlig at opruste og stå sammen. Men han glemmer at sige at Ruslands militære udgifter stadig er omkring 8% af NATOs! Selv om målingen ikke skulle vær helt præcis er der i hvert fald noget at bygge modstanden på. 
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