US Imperialism by Proxy Falters as the EU Regains Control

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Putin(L), Hollande, Merkel and Poroshenko in negotiation at Independence Palace, Minsk, Belarus, 12 February 2015. Courtesy: Nikolay Lazarenko

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 14 February 2015

On the 4 April 1949 the founding North Atlantic Treaty (NAT) document of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) was signed in Washington D.C. and a twelve nation intergovernmental military alliance was created. Its purpose was to counter a perceived threat of an armed attack by the former Soviet Union, as envisaged by the Treaty of Dunkirk in 1947 and the Treaty of Brussels in 1948 which were the first treaties to invoke the mutual self-defence clause in the wake of World War II.

Similarly, the European Union (EU), a political and economic union formed by six countries in 1952, in the guise of the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC), and further developed in 1958 by the emergence of the European Economic Community (EEC), sought to integrate the nations of Western Europe into a cohesive community. Like NATO, the EU was instituted to address another perceived threat: the extreme forms of nationalism that were thought to be one of the precursors to World War II.

However, it is now clear that the remit of these organisations have been irrevocably changed: their focus is no longer the noble and lofty notions of collective self-defence and the creation and maintenance of cohesive communities. The EU has since expanded, predominately eastwards, swallowing up a further 22 nations closely followed by NATO who have added another 16 countries to its ranks. The vast majority of new member states to these organisations were once satellite nations of the former Soviet Union.

The notion that the growth of these organisations is a natural organic process is patently absurd: in truth, nation states are initially courted and coerced to join the fold but if there is any hint of being recalcitrant or at worst having an independent spirit, the full weight of the US Imperialist machine will bear down upon them. The latest victims of their nefarious activities in Europe, in the wake of ventures further afield in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and Libya, are Georgia and Ukraine.

Naturally, no sitting European Head of State, Chancellor or Prime Minister would dare to publicly articulate the remit of the US Imperialists although Francois Hollande, the French President, came close to denouncing their expansionist policies on 7 February 2015 when he said, of Ukraine:

Hollande These people [Russian Ukrainians] have gone to war, it will be difficult for them to share a common life [with Kiev].

Hollande's implication was clear: the ethnic Russian Ukrainians are determined they are not going to be marginalised, disenfranchised and ethnically cleansed from their homelands. The US imperialist policy of subsuming yet another European state into its fold had faltered.

A day earlier, Mario Monti, the former Prime Minister of Italy, was speaking much more freely and unconstrained by the politics of office when he said, of the Ukraine debacle:

Monti For now it's a limited war, but be careful, you [who advocate arming Ukraine] are creating among Europeans a climate of mistrust and mutual misunderstanding that could take us too far.

And specifically on US involvement:

Monti I believe that the United States does not always realise that Europe has its problems, and cannot be seen only as a tool of the global interests of the United States.

A few days later, on the 8 February 2015, the former French Prime Minister Francois Fillon was even more direct on the issue of US interference in Ukraine:

Fillon The US are attempting to unleash a war in Europe which would end in a catastrophe.

Fillon's comments were joined on the same day by those of a fellow countryman and former President of France, Nicolas Sarkozy, who made it abundantly clear the US were responsible:

Sarkozy We are part of a common civilisation with Russia. The interests of the Americans with the Russians are not the interests of Europe and Russia. We do want the revival of a Cold War between Europe and Russia.

Thus, while the majority of the current incumbents in office in Europe are at least reticent, but mostly tight-lipped on the Ukrainian issue, there is a growing consensus among those not so constrained to not only identify who is responsible but to clearly state that it is contrary to the interests of Europe and its people.

In truth, the US Imperialist machine has hijacked both the EU and NATO into becoming executors of its foreign policy. It is also true that the growth of its empire, in the form of the European Union has not only offered considerable opportunities but also irreconcilable challenges to its authority. These challenges have usually been countered by mounting operations under the cover of USAID, and other supposedly non-governmental US aid agencies, who have a history of subversion, insurgency, terrorism, torture and coup d'état's. NATO has since become its weapon of last resort when all other avenues have been explored as recent events in eastern Europe proves. Georgia, another former satellite nation to the Soviet Union with a significant population of ethnic Russian Georgians, is already in the grip of NATO while it is common knowledge that Ukraine has simply become the latest target of this step-by-step policy in action.

Of course, it is also common knowledge that the EU is now considered a serious threat to US interests in the region as it flexes its economic and political muscles throughout an enlarged Union. Nonetheless, there can be no doubt about US policy towards this threat: Georgia, and the Ukrainian debacle in particular, have presented the US with a perfect opportunity to divide and conquer and thus maintain its position of power and authority. The fact that NATO, its military wing, is already involved in Georgia, that it is providing material support to the Ukrainian Junta, and that it plans to begin training the Ukrainian military in March 2015, is widely acknowledged as US Imperialist policies.

However, if the events of the last round of peace talks held from the 11-12 February 2015, involving Hollande, Merkel, Poroshenko and Putin in Minsk, Belarus, are an indication of the future, both the EU and NATO may be about to regain some of their founding principles.

That the EU and NATO have emerged from the hegemony of US Imperialism remains to be seen.

The brief pauses between periods of authoritarian despotic rule are known as peace.
Ann-Marie de Veer