Olof Palme – murdered today 29 years ago • Wikipedia A politician who willed a better society, to whom politics was a calling – working for justice, international law, nuclear disarmament, against big countries bullying small countries, a person who made Sweden stand ut. Then. And it was the Palme Commission on Common Security that broke the ice towards the end of the Cold War with the idea that we can only be sure together with the other side, not against the other side. That was 1982. As relevant today as then – think Ukraine! I met him twice – the first time to criticise him for Swedish arms exports. The second for an hour-long lunch in which he constantly asked me questions about peace, nonviolence, peace research and alternative defence – and I did not get a chance to ask him a single of all the questions I had prepared… A rare combination of intellectualism and curiosity, vision and passion, self-confidence and humility – so sadly missed in today’s political world.
“Greater NATO, Why?” Some people do not understand why the crisis and war in Ukraine is the result of a long long process of counterproductive, foolish NATO expansion decisions. Neither do they understand why I have the views on it I happen to have. Instead of decent arguments they have called me all kinds of things – being paid by Putin as one of the nicer ones. No less than 17 years ago I warned against NATO’s expansion – 3 years after Ms. Clinton’s husband had begun what is among the largest blunders of triumphalism in modern times. That is why this PressInfo ends with the prediction of “souring the relations with Russia.” And this is one among many articles I wrote at the same time, arguing also that NATO ought to close down when the Warsaw Pact and the Soviet Union had been dissolved.