Organizing Notes

Bruce Gagnon is coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space. He offers his own reflections on organizing and the state of America's declining empire....

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I grew up in a military family and joined the Air Force in 1971 during the Vietnam War. It was there that I became a peace activist.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

NATO protest in Brussels



There were more than 3,000 people at the NO to NATO protest during its recent meeting in Brussels, Belgium.

Just after the 4:40 mark in the video is Dave Webb, board convener of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space.  He also chairs the UK's Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.

The interviews are in English and German.

NATO is the offensive military arm of corporate capital.  It is repeatedly being used to take down nations that won't comply with corporate dictates.  NATO is also expanding into the Asia-Pacific by setting up 'Partnership' relationships with Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, and more.

See the full list of 'Partners' here

It was during the presidency of Bill Clinton that the US violated its promise not to expand NATO toward the east.  Today NATO has set up military operations all along the Russian border and has turned Norway and Poland into major weapons depots.  US-NATO war games are regularly held throughout the Nordic region, eastern Europe and the Baltics.  US 'missile defense' launch facilities aimed at Russia have been deployed in Romania, Poland and Turkey.  US Navy Aegis destroyers, outfitted with 'missile defense' systems, are regularly cruising in the Black Sea.

When Russia responds with military exercises inside their own country they are accused by NATO of being aggressive.

While having been created as a 'North Atlantic' alliance aimed at the then former Soviet Union, NATO has now become a global military alliance and is trying to essentially replace the United Nations as the leading international organization that deals with conflicts.

The US controls NATO and uses it as a bludgeon to get its way where it wishes.

Bruce

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