Pohjois-Atlantin liitto perustettiin vuonna 1949. Sillä ei ollut mitään tekemistä Neuvostoliiton aggressioon vastaamisella, sillä varsovan sopimus allekirjoitettiin vasta 1954. Aina syntymästään saakka Nato on sanonut puolustavansa demokratiaa, mutta tosiasiassa Natolla ei ole mitään tekemistä demokratian kanssa kuten pikainen katsaus sen perustajajäseniin paljastaa.
Belgialla oli siirtomaina Ruanda, Burundi ja Kongo. Belgia soti voimakkaasti niitä vastaan, jotka halusivat Kongosta itsenäisen ja yhdessä Yhdysvaltojen kanssa oli mukana Patrice Lumumban, uuden Kongon ensimmäisen demokraattisesti valitun pääministerin salamurhassa ja Joseph Mobutun asettamisessa diktaattoriksi. (Lisää Yhdysvaltojen toimista Kongossa täällä)
Ranska taisteli siirtomaasotaa Vietnamissa ja viiden vuoden sisään aloitti sodan Algeriassa.
Italian jäsenyys Natoon oli seurausta lahjonnasta ja kiristyksestä. (Lisää Yhdysvaltojen harjoittamasta kiristyksestä täällä) Se oli painostettu hyväksymään äärioikeistolainen hallitus sekä Vatikaanin, että Yhdysvaltojen toimesta. Kuka tahansa, joka olisi äänestänyt Italian sosialistipuoluetta tai kommunistipuoluetta olisi ollut vaarassa joutua erotetuksi kirkosta ja sitä pidettiin vakavana rangaistuksena erityisesti tuohon aikaan. Yhdysvallat uhkasi myös Marshall-avun eväämisellä, jos vasemmisto olisi voittanut vaalit.
Naton perustamishetkellä Hollannin hallitus yritti yhä estää itsenäisyyttä Indonesiassa sodalla, joka vaati lukemattoman määrän ihmishenkiä. Vapaus Indonesialaisille ja heidän maalleen, joka oli maailman suurin muslimimaa, ei ollut tärkeää Naton perustajille.
Portugalin tapaus on ehkä selvin todiste siitä, että Naton halut puolustaa demokratiaa eivät ole totta. Vuonna 1949 Portugalia johti fasistinen diktaattori Salazar, ja diktatuuria kesti käytännössä neilikkavallankumoukseen asti vuonna 1974. Portugalilaiset hallitukset sotivat Naton aseilla ja Naton jäsenmaiden tuella Angolassa, Mosambikissa ja Guinea-Bissaussa yrittäen estää näitä maita itsenäistymästä.
Käännös on kesken.
"The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation was formed on 4th April 1949: it had nothing to do with resisting ‘Soviet aggression’ since the Warsaw Pact was not founded until 1954, a full five years after the creation of NATO. From its inception NATO claimed, and has always claimed, to be defending democracy: that is a cynical lie. NATO had nothing to do with defending democracy, as a quick glance at some of its founding members reveals.
In April 1949:
Belgium ran a brutal colonial empire in Rwanda, Burundi and especially Congo. It waged a violent, repressive campaign against those fighting for national independence in Congo and, along with the United States, was involved in the murder of Patrice Lumumba, the first democratically elected Prime Minister of the newly independent Congo, installing the dictatorship of Joseph Mobutu;
France was fighting a colonial war in Vietnam and within five years would be launching a full-scale, utterly brutal war in Algeria;
Italy’s membership of NATO was the result of bribery and threats. Italy had been bullied into accepting a right-wing Christian Democratic government by a combination of the Vatican and United States. Anyone voting for the Italian Socialist Party and Communist Party coalition was threatened with excommunication from every pulpit in Italy. The US threatened to withhold Marshall Aid from Italy if the left-wing coalition won the elections. Italian-American singers and film stars such as Frank Sinatra were used to reinforce the message. And if any Italians were still too stupid to understand what the US wanted American warships patrolled off the Italian coast. Meanwhile Christian Democracy embarked on its long-term love affair with the Mafia – brought back as an anti-Socialist/Communist force by the United States . A year after the founding of NATO a May Day march in Sicily was fired upon by Mafiosi, with many deaths;
At the time of the founding of NATO the government of the Netherlands was still trying to suppress the independence movement in Indonesia in a bloody war that claimed countless lives; freedom for the people of Indonesia, the biggest Muslim country in the world, was clearly not of any concern to the founders of NATO;
Portugal provides the clearest proof that NATO’s claims to be defending democracy are nothing more than cynical lies. In 1949 Portugal was still run by the fascist dictatorship of Salazar, a dictatorship that would stay in place until the Carnation Revolution of 1974. Portuguese governments waged extremely brutal wars in Angola, Mozambique and Guinea-Bissau to try to prevent independence: all with NATO weapons and support from NATO member states;
The UK military fought wars against liberation movements in Vietnam and Indonesia immediately after the end of the 2nd world war, before handing responsibility back to French and Dutch armies respectively. Britain opposed liberation movements in Greece, Malaya & Kenya and helped the US overthrow the democratically elected government of Iran in 1953. Further imperialist adventures took place in Korea, Aden, Ireland right up to the current wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya etc;
The list of anti-democratic crimes of the government and military of the United States is virtually endless. The threats against Italy in the post 2nd world war period were followed by support for the right-wing forces in Greece (taking over from Britain’s Labour government) and war in Korea – followed by wars in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. Overthrow of democratically elected governments took place in Iran (1953), Guatemala (1954), Congo (1961), Chile (1973) as well as in countless Latin American states, Thailand, Iraq (bringing Saddam Hussein to power) etc. The US supported the most vicious right-wing dictatorships – Mobutu in the Congo, Somoza in Nicaragua, Pinochet in Chile, Marcos in the Philippines and many others. The claim that the US supports democracy is one of the most blatant lies of all time.
Of the remaining founder members of NATO:
Canada oppressed the First Peoples while the French speaking population was discriminated against:
Denmark committed the Faroe Islands and Greenland to NATO – though the views of their populations were never sought:
Iceland was the only member that didn’t have an army – though its coastguard was militarised. It mainly served as a US air base:
Luxembourg is clearly too small in both territory and population to have any independent role in NATO;
Norway was also too small in terms of population and economically poor - (before the discovery of oil Norway was one of the poorest countries in Europe) - to be able to play any significant role
So of the 12 founding members of NATO:
6 (Belgium, France, Netherlands, Portugal, UK and US) were involved in imperialist wars against national liberation movements at the time of NATO’s founding;
1 (Portugal) was a fascist dictatorship;
1 (Italy) had a government forced upon it by military and economic threats by the United States, a government that was soon hand in hand with the Mafia (which the US had also foisted on the people of Italy, particularly Sicily);
3 (Iceland, Luxembourg and Norway) were relatively blameless – though they failed to speak out against the colonial wars, support for right wing dictatorships etc – as well as Norway’s appalling record in killing whales;
All 12 oppressed national minorities within their states.
Within three years 2 more repressive regimes (Greece and Turkey) had been admitted to NATO and in 1954 the German Federal Republic was admitted. It was the admission of West Germany (and the refusal of NATO membership to the USSR) that led, at least partly, to the formation of the Warsaw Pact.
There was also serious discussion in NATO circles in the 1950s about admitting Spain – Spain run by fascist dictator Franco. Although Spain was not admitted until 1982 the fact that senior figures in NATO could seriously consider admitting Franco’s Spain shows they had no commitment to democracy whatsoever."