NATO’s duplicity in its attacks on Russia and other states of Eastern Europe after the fall of the Berlin Wall have all the hallmarks of Hitler’s Europe (where he repeatedly said he had “no more territorial claims” even as he continued his conquests) and the European Union (where the European Court of Justice sees itself as a political organisation expanding EU power and claims politicians’ words and “mere Declarations” have no force).
The great symbol of the Cold War was the Wall that divided Berlin between communist East and the democratic West. It fell in 1989 because the Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev allowed it to. And it was precisely the words of leading western politicians during 1990 which gave assurances to Russia that enabled the peaceful collapse of Soviet Communism and the end of the division of Europe. They enabled Moscow to end the Cold War and to release the former Warsaw Pact countries to become independent nation states.
Proof of the strong words of commitment given by NATO countries to Mikhail Gorbachev in 1990 are in the release of 30 crucial documents by the US National Security Archive.
In February 1990, George H. W. Bush’s secretary of state, James Baker, assured his Soviet counterpart, Eduard Shevardnadze, that NATO would be
“less of a military organization, much more of a political one, (and) would have no need for independent capability.”
“iron-clad guarantees that NATO’s jurisdiction or forces would not move eastward.”
Baker further promised Gorbachev that NATO would not move
“one inch to the east.”
On February 10, 1990, Helmut Kohl told Gorbachev
“We believe that NATO should not expand the sphere of its activity. We have to find a reasonable resolution. I correctly understand the security interests of the Soviet Union, and I realize that you, Mr. General Secretary, and the Soviet leadership will have to clearly explain what is happening to the Soviet people,”
Later that month, talking with Czechoslovakian President Vaclav Havel, (yes that country still existed then!) President George H. W. Bush said:
“Tell Gorbachev that… I asked you to tell Gorbachev that we will not conduct ourselves regarding Czechoslovakia or any other country in a way that would complicate the problems he has so frankly discussed with me,”
In other words the newly independent East European countries would enjoy the independence and sovereignty which the fall of the Soviet Union and the end of the Warsaw Pact had given them. Indeed these were precisely the freedoms which the anti Nazi Allies, including the Russians, had achieved in 1945.
Of course what did happen and continues to happen is that all these promises were broken and NATO moved military bases ever further Eastward, a united Germany became a member of NATO (not only one of Russia’s principal worries but also France’s President Mitterand’s) and then each of the Eastern European countries for whose independence Gorbachev sought and got assurances were not only absorbed by NATO but were taken over by the political constitutional arm of NATO – the all conquering European Union which tolerates neither nationhood nor independence nor even democracy!
Bush, having assured both Gorbachev and the Czech President that there would be “no more territorial claims”, then, like Hitler’s armies and fascist Europe of the 1930s and 1940s, marched in anyway.
NATO’S FASCIST RESPONSE:
But perhaps the most ugly and frightening aspect of these lies and deceit by NATO and the EU (disgracefully supported by a decadent British political class who have not the slightest idea of why we went to war in 1939 nor what we achieved in the name of democratic nationhood in 1945) was the subsequent rationalisation and justification of these betrayals.
In the face of the above devastating evidence of reneging on these commitments NATO now claims:
“NATO allies take decisions by consensus and these are recorded. There is no record of any such decision having been taken by NATO. Personal assurances, from NATO leaders, cannot replace alliance consensus and do not constitute a formal NATO agreement,”
Sieg Heil! Will anyone ever believe a word of NATO’s leaders again?
While it has been evident to informed observers for years that the real aggressors in Yugoslavia, Eastern Europe and now Ukraine have been NATO and the expanding imperialists of the EU, the peoples of the West have been bombarded with mass media propaganda of a kind Goebbels would have been proud. But so perverse has this propaganda been that millions in Europe and the USA have not believed it.
Now that far more can read these words and these promises given – and broken – on their behalf by their “democratic” leaders the angry minority should become a seething majority.