Thursday, March 20, 2014

NATO Chief Calls Russia’s Actions Grave Threat to Europe’s Security

WASHINGTON — The NATO secretary general, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, said on Wednesday that Russia’s military intervention was the “gravest threat” to European security since the end of the Cold War.

“This is a wake-up call, for the Euro-Atlantic community, for NATO and for all those committed to a Europe whole, free and at peace,” Mr. Rasmussen said in a speech at the Brookings Institution on Wednesday afternoon.

Mr. Rasmussen conferred here Tuesday evening with Secretary of State John Kerry, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Susan Rice, President Obama’s national security adviser.

Mr. Rasmussen said that the Russian intervention was serious for three reasons: the size of it, the fact that it affected a nation of 45 million and because the crisis was right on NATO’s doorstep.

“We had thought that such behavior had been confined to history, but it’s back and it’s dangerous because it violates international norms of accepted behavior,” he said.

Apparently, international norms of accepted behavior comprises bombing the heck out of a country based on concocted reports of weapons of mass destruction, but if a country takes over another after something called a vote, that is suddenly, unacceptable?

Mr. Rasmussen said that the alliance had put the range of NATO cooperation with Russia under review and had suspended its plans to escort Russian ships that are ferrying chemical weapons stocks from Syria.

Ahh. Now, I can think of many who would beam with happiness at this decision. Bravo, NATO.
Lesson in life:

1. If you're a superpower, you can steal, plunder, rape and murder. All's okay. If somebody else tries to emulate you, yell the roof down and slap sanctions right and left. 

So long folks