Nato now provides the US with a captive market for its weaponry, writes Anthony Matthew, while Rae Street* highlights its nuclear ambitions
*Rae Street is part of the no to NATO network and attended the international Counter summit the New World Disorder held in London last Saturday.
Here is her letter published in the UK Guardian on Thursday, 5th December (see link above).
54 Spring Thyme Fold, Littleborough, Lancs OL15 8DJ tel 01706 378043
Dear Editor, Under the heading 'What is NATO?' (G4.12.19)a few facts were missed out. NATO is a nuclear armed military alliance which has now expanded across the world to Asia and Australasia, even as far as making an agreement with Colombia which is in a Nuclear Weapon Free Zone. (Tlatelolco Treaty 1967) Despite differences between member states, its policies continue to be dominated by the USA. Under its policy of nuclear sharing, which breaches the Nuclear non-Proliferation Treaty, there are US nuclear bombs, the B61s, at bases in five 'non-nuclear' countries: Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Turkey. The latter are based at Incirlik not far from the border with Syria. At the same time, Erdogan is saying he would like Turkey to have its own nuclear capability. Currently, the US is planning to upgrade the B61 to a B61-12 which will be more accurate and earth penetrating. Already the B61 could have up to 340 tons of killing power; the bomb Hiroshima was 15 killing tons. NATO still holds a policy of first use of nuclear weapons, slavishly followed by the UK. Next year NATO will be carrying out huge military exercises, entitled 'Defender' across eastern Europe, and these will continue year on year. None of the above is likely to bring peace and security either for citizens in the member states nor across the globe. Yours sincerely, Rae Street