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[Disarmo] La Scandinavia di Palme aderisce alla NATO - Fwd: [stopnato] Digest Number 5028




La Scandinavia di Palme aderisce alla NATO, avanza l'accerchiamento a Russia e Cina nella nuova Guerra Fredda (già caldina in Ukrajna, nell'Oceano Indiano, in Estremo Orienta ...)

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[stopnato] Digest Number 5028
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1. NATO, U.S. Seek to Consolidate Western Military Blockade of Russia i
From: Rick Rozoff

2. Video: Libya Conflict Legacy Of NATO War
From: Rick Rozoff

3. NATOites Exploit Ukraine For Sweden's, Finland's NATO Bids
From: Rick Rozoff


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1. NATO, U.S. Seek to Consolidate Western Military Blockade of Russia i
Posted by: "Rick Rozoff" rwrozoff at yahoo.com rwrozoff
Date: Mon May 19, 2014 5:57 am ((PDT))

http://en.ria.ru/world/20140519/189932699/OPINION-NATO-US-Seek-to-Consolidate-Western-Military-Blockade-of.html


RIA Novosti
May 19, 2014


OPINION: NATO, US Seek to Consolidate Western Military Blockade of Russia in Finland
Rick Rozoff




MOSCOW: The defense minister of Finland, Carl Haglund, recently reiterated, and evidently gave more concrete form to, the call by Atlanticists in his country and neighboring Sweden for the accession of both Scandinavian countries into the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.


Haglund is in some manner particularly entitled, in his own mind at any rate, to speak of the dual incorporation as he is simultaneously Finland's defense chief and the chairman of the country's Swedish People's Party.


The other three Nordic nations - Denmark, Norway and Iceland - are founding members of NATO, so Finland's and Sweden's largely surreptitious but incontestably accelerating movement towards full membership in the U.S.-led bloc would solidify Western military control of Russia's northwest environs. American warships and submarines would thus be provided freer rein in the Baltic, Barents, North and Norwegian Seas and that part of the Arctic Ocean north of Scandinavia.


Toward the end of last month Finland's Haglund revealed that his nation had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with NATO allowing the latter to station military aircraft and vessels in the country and to supply troops and equipment to "assist" Finland if the latter - presumably - requests it. In other words, Finland will enter into an Article 5-style partnership with NATO that obligates the entire 28-nation Alliance to enter the fray if Finland is under threat or claims that it is; correspondingly, the Scandinavian nation will be compelled to go to war with NATO whenever the Article 5 mutual defense clause is activated in relation to any other country or region.


According to Paavo Arhinmäki, leader of the opposition Left Alliance party, the above provisions were never discussed while he was a member of the federal cabinet and the Foreign and Security Committee in parliament and, in his own words, "We were left in the dark, and I was very surprised to learn of this NATO pact" [the Left Alliance left the governing coalition in March], an aspect of which is also rumored to be Finland's purchase of American F-35 Lightning II fifth-generation warplanes.


A comparable integration arrangement has recently been reached with Sweden, which abandoned the last remnant of its historical policy of conscription four years ago in keeping with NATO membership demands. All Sweden military personnel now have to sign a waiver allowing overseas deployment. Defense analysts not infrequently remark that Sweden's armed forces are more NATO-compatible than are those of many NATO member states.


In the past half decade or so Finland has supplied as many as 200 and Sweden 500 troops for NATO's war in Afghanistan, serving under the International Security Assistance Force in the north of the conflict-ridden nation. Both nations' forces have engaged in lethal combat operations there, the first time since World War II in the case of Finland, the first time in two centuries in that of Sweden.


Finnish Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen's political party, the National Coalition Party, has lately been beating the drum for full NATO membership. His party's leadership candidate and Social Services and Health Minister Paula Risikko has issued a call for a referendum on NATO membership.


Prime Minister Katainen, however, realizes that there is no popular support for joining the military bloc; indeed that there is overwhelming opposition to doing so - in recent polls only a fifth of Finns support membership, but he nevertheless asserts that this opposition is "an insufficient reason" not to forge ahead with the covert corralling of the nation into history's first global military formation.


He has been quoted affirming:


"It cannot be presumed that the public is able to draw conclusions on such a major question, since many people don't even have a chance to familiarize themselves with these things to the extent the politicians do."


The nation's largest newspaper, Helsingin Sanomat, has been subjecting its readers to a barrage of pro-NATO propaganda, particularly in light of the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.


Finland has a 1,200-kilometer border with Russia and coastlines on or near three seas: the Baltic, Barents and Norwegian. Moving U.S. and NATO military forces into place along the land border and in the above seas would, in addition to analogous plans for Ukraine and Georgia, in effect consolidate the Western military blockade of the entire western frontier of Russia, from the Arctic Ocean to the Black Sea and the Caucasus.


Even before the brief war between Georgia and Russia in August of 2008 - so that that conflict, or the current one in Ukraine, cannot be legitimately cited as the reason for it - Finland agreed to contribute troops for NATO's Response Force, an international strike force inaugurated in the massive Steadfast Jaguar war games in the West African island nation of Cape Verde in 2006.


As such, Finland is one of only four non-full NATO members to have committed to joining the Response Force. The others are, both predictably and revealingly, Sweden, Georgia and Ukraine.


To further indicate how little subsequent developments, especially the post-coup military campaign being conducted by the junta in Kiev against civilians in the east of Ukraine, have served as anything other than an ex post facto pretext for the further integration of Finland by NATO (and, behind NATO, the Pentagon), current Finnish Defense Minister Haglund's predecessor once-removed, Jyri Hakamies, stated during a visit to the Pentagon in 2007 that the largest security challenge was: "Russia, Russia, and Russia! And not only for Finland, but for all of us."


The next year Jan-Erik Enestam, then the general secretary of the Nordic Council - a post-World War II cooperation group consisting of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden - spoke in a similar vein:


"NATO is the only important international organisation of which Finland is not a member. It would seem as if the time is now ripe for membership. Meanwhile it would be sensible to enter into closer defense co-operation with Sweden and Norway. Norway is after all a NATO country."


In the same year Juhani Kaskeala, at the time Chief of Defence of the Finnish Defence Forces, announced plans for his nation to join NATO's Early Warning Air Surveillance System, specifying that "Finland, Sweden and Norway are at present looking at the establishment of joint air surveillance...if these three Nordic countries decide to team up in this field, Sweden and Finland would have to take part in the NATO air surveillance system."


Also in 2008, Defense Minister Hakamies, speaking at the Atlantic Council of Finland, said: "With Denmark, Norway and Iceland already serving as NATO members...the joining of Finland and Sweden would make the Nordic bloc an influential force within the military alliance" and to make the intended target of that expansion more transparent, added, "NATO membership would further the Nordics' position in the face of Russia's growing power."


Russia's growing power...Six years ago. Is it because of "Russia's growing power" that Finnish troops have fought and died, fought and killed in Afghanistan? Perhaps it is. NATO has provided dozens of partnership nations combat experience in a real-life war zone for later use near their borders. Finland is one of them. NATO's encroachments along Russian's flanks are not solely designed to enrich Western arms manufacturers, particularly as the Alliance's fifty-nation war in South Asia is being wrapped up and combat-hardened troops return to their respective homelands to put their training to use.
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2. Video: Libya Conflict Legacy Of NATO War
Posted by: "Rick Rozoff" rwrozoff at yahoo.com rwrozoff
Date: Mon May 19, 2014 6:09 am ((PDT))

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/05/19/363255/libya-conflict-legacy-of-nato-war/




Press TV
May 19, 2014


Libya conflict legacy of NATO war: Analyst


Video at URL above


Press TV has interviewed Rick Rozoff, the manager of Stop NATO Network, to talk about the situation in Libya.


Below is a rush transcript of the interview.


Press TV: Now, looking at the situation in Tripoli at the moment, it’s quite clear that there is nothing but chaos ensuing there. What do you make of it? Is this the legacy of what NATO did to topple Muammar Gaddafi?


Rozoff: It is exactly that. What we are seeing of course is the two most populous cities in the country, in Libya, engulfed in violent uprisings where it’s very difficult to know what the various factions are, so that we’ve seen not only the kidnapping of parliamentarians in the capital and brutal fighting which accounts for, by the reports that I’m familiar with, at least for 70 deaths in Benghazi.


This is precisely the legacy of the first African war by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). I’m talking about the six-month-long so-called Operation Unified Protector. Well, let’s recall that that was preceded for 19 days by the first war launched by the US Africa Command, which was referred to as Operation Odyssey Dawn. That lasted most of the month of March of 2011.


So, the after-affect is very much as it is in any other part of the world where the US and its NATO allies have launched unprovoked attacks and wars, which is to say the integration of a country, the deterioration of the social fabric of the country, in an almost endless series of internecine civil conflicts that we see escalating to a perhaps unprecedentedly dangerous degree in Libya, as you have remarked. And all the more reason to oppose, then, military action by NATO and the United States in nations like Syria and Ukraine, because we know already from Libya, Afghanistan, the former Yugoslavia what to expect.


Press TV: Mr. Rozoff, there are those that say that NATO is no longer bombarding Libya. There is an interim government in place, which has been trying to demilitarize these missions as well. So, how have these militias survived ever since the ouster of Muammar Gaddafi? Who has been funding them? Who has been supporting them and what incentive do they have to continue on like this instead of bringing together a stable Libya?


Rozoff: That’s a good question you raise. In a more equitable and reasonable world, we’d be able to sit down, various parties would be able to sit down and discuss this. I suspect by the very nature of covert arming and funding of groups, it’s difficult to determine who ultimately is providing the arms and the finances to purchase the arms.


But we do know that three years ago, the United States and its European NATO allies and their military allies, linked through what is called the Istanbul Cooperation Initiative between NATO and the Persian Gulf monarchies, allies of NATO in the Persian Gulf – Qatar, United Emirates, Saudi Arabia and so forth – arming extremist elements in several countries as in Syria now and Libya three years ago. So one would have to suspect those entities I just mentioned to you as being the most likely suspects. But again, it’s difficult to really determine.



Nevertheless, I think we can say that, once having opened the Pandora’s Box of civil discord and national disintegration in Libya, as the US African Command and NATO did three years ago, all of this is unfortunately logically to be expected. You create chaos and the most anti-social and self-interested parties are going to exploit it. I’m afraid I don’t see an imminent resolution of this conflict in Libya.
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3. NATOites Exploit Ukraine For Sweden's, Finland's NATO Bids
Posted by: "Rick Rozoff" rwrozoff at yahoo.com rwrozoff
Date: Mon May 19, 2014 6:18 am ((PDT))

http://yle.fi/uutiset/haglund_sweden_and_finland_closer_to_nato_than_ever/7247730




Finnish Broadcasting Company
May 17, 2014


Haglund: Sweden and Finland closer to NATO than ever




Finland’s Ministry of Defence Carl Haglund says he believes Russia’s actions in Ukraine have brought Finland and Sweden closer to NATO now than they ever were in the past.


During his party’s conference in the southern coastal city of Hanko on Saturday, the Swedish People’s Party (RKP) Chair Carl Haglund spoke of the Ukraine crisis and its ramifications, defending Ukraine’s right to sovereignty and self-determination.


“In a free Europe, every country is free to decide on its own development, without an army situated behind the border threatening to barge in,” said Haglund.


Haglund says he is of the opinion that the crisis in Ukraine has added momentum to the NATO debate in Finland.


“It is a bit of a paradox that Russia’s actions have pushed Finland and Sweden closer to NATO membership than ever before. I doubt that was the Russian intention,” he said.


In his speech, Haglund said he hopes that discussion regarding the defence policy of the country will continue until the next parliamentary election, as Finland needs to engage in a serious debate on the country’s defence and security solutions.


Haglund indicated that he expected his own RKP party to decide its official position on these matters by next year’s party conference at the latest.
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