It seems the role of NATO has been to look the other way, first in Syria, ignoring Putin’s crimes, then in the Crimea and now in the heart of the Ukraine. NATO’s attitude of only protecting it’s members has proved to be it’s inherent weakness which has been openly exploited by Putin. To some degree you could also argue that NATO has been complicit in the suffering and deaths of many throughout the world in recent times although Russia and Putin has been the main perpetrator and aggressor.
The situation can be traced back to the situation in Syria when NATO failed to get involved and sort Assad out. Instead it let Assad seek a powerful ally of Putin and with Russia’s help the subsequent devastating consequences upon a certain section of the Syrian population is well documented. The same situation prevailed in the Crimea. Again NATO was unable to get involved and became a bystander just sitting on the fence. Now with what is unrolling in the Ukraine we are witnessing much of the same. Again this situation and reliance upon the same stoic response from NATO has again allowed Putin to unleash the might of his war machine and the make his plans and fulfill his designs.
My argument is that NATO is no longer fit for purpose because it only serves it’s own interests. NATO is no longer interested in serving humanity in it’s hour of need but instead of protecting only it’s own interests whilst it allows aggressors to go about their business unchecked. The NATO moto should be, as long as it’s not happening on our doorstep then it obviously doesn’t concern us. Putin knows and understands NATO ‘s stance and has found to his advantage that it serves him well. Again NATO are culpable in complacency. Increasingly though NATO are looking shamed and disgraced.
One reason for this is that there appears to be no strong leadership taking place in NATO. Strong leadership is much needed as well as people who can understand what is actually taking place and is willing to take tough decisions to challenge the actions of unhinged aggressors like Putin. Tough decisions have consequences such as entering a new Cold War situation with Russia and actually standing up to them. Tough decisions yes but increasingly these decisions are evidently becoming more and more necessary to protect the vulnerable in the World and stand up to aggressors like Putin.
Amassing an Army against Putin is the next and only logical step to address the unacceptable behaviour of those who have no regard for the sanctity of freedom, humanity and truth. We can’t afford to let Putin’s lies to win in Ukraine. We cannot afford to abandon the innocent good people of Ukraine and leave them at the mercy of this tyrant . NATO needs to get more involves in World affairs and not just protect the interests of it’s members. Putin is an insidious mind that will look for and exploit any complacency. It’s time for NATO to make choices about it’s ethos and reason d’ etre. Trying to protect the interests of the few is letting down the needs of humanity and of the many.
NATO has considerable force it can bring to bear in the argument. A bully that Putin is against a poorly defended country may be brought into check and obviously a long stalemate if he meets a force that his easily his equal. Putin is by all accounts already creeping towards central Europe possibly eyeing up other countries not on NATO ‘s radar as a beneficiary worthy of their support.
Surely NATO also has a duty to protect humanity and those who are weaker and vulnerable from aggressors like Putin.