Need a bulwark against Putin's land grab. Small nations such as Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania are defenceless from an attack by Putin attempting to win loyalty of their Russian mother tongue populations. Cyber attack on Estonia.
Need a united force to combine hi-tech collaborative resistance to ISIS and other terrorists’ threats.
Present NATO dominated by personality of Obama – who opposed the Iraq War and is reluctant to resort to military force. He is a force for restraint and moderation on other NATO countries.
65-year record of providing mainly defensive bulwark against the spread of communism by military means.
Backed valuable humanitarian campaigns against wars in Sierra Leone, Bosnia & Kosovo and against barbarism of Idi Amin, Gadhafi and terrorism.
Impossible now to support NO TO NATO Newport campaign which has descended into an incompetent shambles of cancelled meetings, venues, flop of planned `Long March', and Newport public opinion enraged not engaged. Good idea of alternative conference to replace street sloganising has been destroyed by Stalinist insistence that only a pro-Putin view will be given a platform. In place of planned intelligent critique of NATO it will now be mainly a mindless blast of infantile rhetoric from the unelectable.
Wasteful present campaign to increase already excessive arms spending by NATO powers. UK already 4th highest in the world. Punching above our weight means dying beyond our responsibilities.
Disasters of Iraq/Helmand interventions – catastrophic in loss of human life, waste of £billions, divisive to world communities and multiplied terrorist threats.
Excessive emphasis on hard power military solutions to the neglect of soft power diplomacy.
The balanced view is that NATO has a mixed history with its conduct dominated by the policy of American Presidents – bad under Reagan or a Bush, benign with Carter, Clinton & Obama. It’s unreasonable to support an unqualified YES or NO.
Where can I get a badge saying ‘MAYBE TO NATO’?