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NATO turns 70 in 2019 and will celebrate its anniversary in Washington, DC on April 4th. The date coincides with the anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr and the day of his seminal “Beyond Vietnam” speech in which he called on us to overcome the triples evils of militarism, racism, and extreme militarism.
With the end of the Cold War, NATO should have been retired not re-purposed. NATO claims to strive for collective defense and to preserve peace and security. It has never been such a system. It is the world’s biggest military alliance with the largest military spending and nuclear stockpiles. Having expanded across eastern Europe into former Soviet republics with military troops now at Russia’s borders, its new nuclear weapons and first strike related “missile defense shield”, NATO is the key driver of the new Cold War. It has also been transformed into a global military alliance structured to wage “out of area” wars in the Middle East, North Africa, Latin America, and Asia.