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We Don't Need No Stinkin' NATO

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Submitted by Dave, Nov 12, 2017 at 12:18

Communism is a spent force today. Russia may have irredentist ambitions on territory with large numbers of ethnic Russians, but the messianic urge for a worldwide worker's revolution is just not there anymore. Moreover, Russia can barely afford her adventure in Syria and Ukraine due to a shrinking economy. Certainly, a big, rich state like Germany can defend herself from Russia, as can the other European countries. It's also doubtful that China will go much beyond her Asian neighborhood in acting the regional bully. NATO's traditional role is no longer needed.

I like the idea of defending civilization, but that can only be accomplished by states with enough civility and self-confidence to do the job and merit the fight, and much of western Europe has become decadent and simply not worth it. A major party in Britain, Labour, is frankly anti-Semitic. And police in Britain went years letting young adolescent girls be abused by "Asian" predators, allegedly for fear of "racism" accusations. Many European countries prosecute people who dare to even criticize Islam. The problem isn't just the lack of a First Amendment, it's lack of traditional values or national purpose. We can't defend people who won't defend themselves.

The only ideology in the world today with significant spunk that wants world domination is Islamism, and its most dangerous proponent is Iran. That threat is best countered by making opportunistic alliances with those players most willing and able to help, and that would only be a small subset of NATO.

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