The role of NATO in a peaceful and socially democratic Europe
Nothing is more important to the people of a nation than international relations, as this includes national security, peace and war, as well as the national economy, which is highly dependent on foreign trade.
Take, for example, the big question in Finland and Sweden, whether or not to join the US anti-Russian NATO military alliance. Joining this alliance would cause Russia to target the country as an enemy nation if there were to be a war between America and Russia – which now seems increasingly likely. These nations were not targeted by Russia in the past (neither Finland nor Sweden), as they were not Russia’s enemies after WWII. So: joining NATO would create a huge and entirely New threat to the national security of the inhabitants of this region. But, apparently, they don’t know that either; or, if they do, then they don’t think it matters; and, therefore, it does not affect their views on whether or not to join NATO – which is what their leaders are now determined to do. Apparently, the Finns and Swedes are brought to this monumental decision on the basis of ignorance, if not inattention, to the issue of the potentially serious threat to their national security that NATO membership could pose.
Judging by what is reported in the press, public opinion on the issue in both countries ignores the question of whether being targeted as an enemy by Russia even takes account, in their opinions, whether or not their country should join.
Turkish news agency AA News headlined on May 23: “Swedish public…has mixed views on country’s bid for NATO membership.” None of the respondents expressed this concern (whether becoming an enemy of Russia could reduce, rather than increase, their country’s safety and security) when asked “what they think of the sudden desire of their country to become a member of NATO”. The closest answer that was given spontaneously to this question was “if you push the Russian bear too much, he might react because Putin has no respect for the laws of war”; but no preference, one way or the other, has been cited from this individual.
The presumed experts on the subject were also unaware of the matter. On May 13, France 24 News bandied “In Sweden, concerns over rushed debate to join NATO”, and reported that,
“It’s not Sweden that decides the timing, it’s Finland, because they share a 1,300 km border with Russia,” said Anders Lindberg, political columnist at Aftonbladet, an independent social-democratic daily.
Sweden is also more accustomed to lengthy government-commissioned inquiries into major issues, aimed at fostering debate and building consensus so that decisions are broadly rooted in society.
In contrast, a security study on the pros and cons of NATO membership prepared by the parties in parliament was completed in just a few weeks.
The quick turnaround is also remarkable given that the country “built its identity on its neutrality and military non-alignment,” Lindberg added.
Support for NATO membership has skyrocketed in Finland and Sweden since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
But while a record 76% of Finns favor NATO membership, Swedish public opinion is more divided, with recent polls indicating between 50 and 60% support the idea.
On April 20, Reuters headlined “Growing Majority of Swedes Joining NATO, Opinion Polls Show” and reported
A growing majority of Swedes favor NATO membership, according to a poll released Wednesday, as Swedish and Finnish policymakers debate whether Russia’s invasion of Ukraine should end decades of military neutrality .
The Demoskop poll commissioned by the Aftonbladet newspaper showed that 57% of Swedes now favor NATO membership, up from 51% in March. Those opposed to joining fell to 21% from 24%, while those undecided fell to 22% from 25%.
The March poll was the first to show a majority of Swedes in favor of NATO membership.
Sweden has not been at war since the time of Napoleon and has built its security policy on “non-participation in military alliances”.
But like Finland, the invasion of Ukraine, which Moscow calls a “special military operation”, has forced a radical overhaul. Both countries are now seen as highly likely to join the 30-nation alliance.
The article did not even mention whether being targeted by Russian missiles could endanger the Swedes much more than protecting them from NATO.
On March 23, Business Insider headlined “Finnish people now strongly favor NATO membership, poll finds massive policy change that would enrage Russia,” and reported: “A survey of Finns revealed that a majority wanted the country to join NATO after Russia invaded Ukraine.The survey by Finland Business and Policy Forum Eva think tank found that 60% of people were in favor of joining NATO. Finland’s NATO membership, a huge leap from previous years.
Ilkka Haavisto, research director at Eva, said of the results: “Russia has shown that it does not respect the integrity of its neighbours. “The war in Ukraine showed concretely what the horrors of a defensive war on Finland’s own territory would be and made it clear that NATO countries cannot use their military forces to help defend a non-aligned country .”
No mention was made that joining NATO would make Finns the target of Russian missiles, perhaps even nuclear missiles.
On May 9, The Defense Post ran the banner “Overwhelming support for NATO bid among Finns: Poll”, and reported “Around 76% of Finns now want the country to join NATO, compared to 60% in March, according to the poll commissioned by broadcaster YLE and conducted by research firm Taloustutkimus. On the same day, YLE headlined “Yle Poll: Support for NATO Membership Rises to 76%” and reported that ” support for membership in Yle polls rose from 53% in February to 62% in March and 76% in May Prior to the Russian attack on Ukraine, a majority of Finns had long opposed the Nor was there any mention of any possible Finns’ thoughts on whether being targeted by Russia as an enemy nation could possibly create a massive new danger for the Finns, although more than any possible increase in the national security of the F inland could result from joining the enemies of Russia. .
Also, none of the alleged news reports mentioned that when Russia on February 24 invaded Ukraine, it was the result of a war that actually started eight years ago in February 2014, when the United States carried out a bloody coup disguised as a “revolution”, which replaced the neutralist government of Ukraine, with a fiercely anti-Russian government, which then quickly sparked a civil war against Russian-speaking Ukrainians , especially in the far east and south of Ukraine. Neither Sweden nor Finland is in such a situation regarding Russia – at least not Again.
How can democracy work if the public is in the dark and is kept in the dark? And are satisfied with stay in the dark? When their government takes them to war? Perhaps even dash them in a war? Maybe in WW III? Is it really democracy? who benefits no matter it is? If this is true in Finland and Sweden, then is it true in all country? Is there a way to change it – to produce a democracy that can not be manipulated into working versus the most important interests not only of foreign public, but of its own Public? Does anyone even discuss these problems? Why not?