‘Worse Than Useless’: NATO Unable to Protect Europe From Daesh
Politically and symbolically any attack on Belgium – the state where the political and administrative center of NATO is located – is by implication an attack on the US and its global dominance, French journalist and founder of Agora Erasmus political organization Karel Vereycken told Sputnik.
The Brussels terror attacks on March 22, 2016 have triggered a heated debate among political analysts and military experts.While some thought leaders are calling for strengthening a military alliance between the EU and the US, others have called attention to the fact that NATO has proven inefficient in mitigating and preventing terror threats. On the contrary, they argue, the Alliance has long been fanning the flames of the Islamist insurgency in Central Asia, the Middle East and North Africa.
The irony of the situation is that the NATO Headquarter is just 8 kilometers from the attack sites in Brussels, French journalist and founder of Agora Erasmus, the Belgian LaRouche movement, Karel Vereycken notes.
“Being under attack, Belgium might want to close ranks with its military ‘protector,’ namely the US and NATO. After all, NATO headquarter is located between the Brussels Zaventem airport and the Maalbeek metro station,” Vereycken told Sputnik.
The journalist recalled that on September 12, 2001, the day after 9/11 Victoria Nuland, then US Ambassador to NATO “wanted to invoke Article 5 of the Charter of the Atlantic, obliging all NATO member states to follow the US into any given war destination.”He called attention to the fact that just two days before 9/11, on September 9, 2001, “two kamikazes blew up commander [Ahmad Shah] Massoud in Afghanistan.” Believe it or not, they came from Molenbeek with Belgian passports…
“The plot was carried out by members of a European-based cell of al-Qaeda that on remote-control command from Osama bin Laden reached back to Afghanistan to destroy its prey,” The New York Times wrotein December 2001.
It is obvious that the roots of the latest tragedy are running deep in Belgium’s history.
The two September 2001 terror assaults prompted
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