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Letter: Reasons to oppose NATO

Chicago Sun-Times
April 2, 2012

Reasons to oppose NATO

Regarding Neil Steinberg’s April 1 column [“Is NATO a big problem?”], the writer resorted to several variants of ad hominem attacks on opponents of the world’s only and history’s largest military bloc, NATO. The only thing he left out are the facts.

When the Soviet Union, the alleged rationale for NATO’s founding, dissolved in 1991, the U.S.-led alliance consisted of 16 members and no partners.

Twenty-two years after the fact it now has 28 full members and at least 50 partners, in all 80 nations on all six inhabited continents; is in charge of the longest war in American history in Afghanistan (and of late in Pakistan); has now waged wars on three continents (Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Libya); is responsible for housing U.S. tactical nuclear weapons on air bases in five European nations, and is at the center of the Pentagon’s “Son of Star Wars” interceptor missile system in Europe and beyond.

The above seems more than ample justification for being aware of and opposing NATO, Mr. Steinberg’s diversionary snideness notwithstanding.

Rick Rozoff, Andersonville

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  1. rosemerry
    April 3, 2012 at 7:10 am

    Of course Rick is right. Gorbachev unwisely accepted GHWbush’s spoken words that NATO would not expand eastward; Clinton continued the job when NATO should have been abolished like the Warsaw Pact, no longer needed. All the “fear of communism” is shown to be false; Russia still demonised and encircled as an enemy despite the fall of communist rule in the USSR.

  2. April 14, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    “He left out everything except the facts.” Don’t you mean he included everything except the facts?

    • richardrozoff
      April 16, 2012 at 2:37 am

      You’re correct. Thanks for the correction.

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