Will this summit be NATO’s funeral ceremony or a new beginning? - YASIN AKTAY

Will this summit be NATO’s funeral ceremony or a new beginning?

This year London will play host to NATO, which is celebrating its 70th anniversary, but will it bear witness to what may be the end of the alliance? That is yet to be seen.

Will the summit be a funeral ceremony for NATO, which French President Emmanuel Macron described as being “brain dead, or will it be an opportunity for revitalization and a fresh start?

There are two reasons for Macron’s outburst: the first is his being against Turkey’s Peace Spring operation and the fact that the alliance is standing by and watching it progress; and the second is Trump expressing that the U.S. contributes a lot more than it should to NATO’s budget, which amounts to approximately 2.1 billion dollars, and that he called on fellow members to allocate more of their GDP to its budget.

So Macron is throwing a huge fit in an attempt to defy Trump’s request. Germany, in its turn, found this request reasonable and said it would comply.

All of Macron’s reasons opposing this request could be interpreted, as Turkish President Erdogan said, as a sign of his own “brain death.”

Macron does not only disregard all values of the NATO alliance by protecting the PKK/PYD, which openly threatens a member country’s security and is considered a terror group, he also has the audacity to call the alliance “brain dead” when it doesn’t agree with him.

Not to mention, as Trump rightly pointed out, it is France who needs NATO the most.

NATO is seen as an organization which is to be exploited and serves secret agendas instead of one that takes into consideration the common values and benefits of all member countries; and this approach has turned into a grave issue of NATO and it needs to be resolved one way or another at the London summit.

It is not possible to even administer a criminal group with such an approach, let alone an international organization.

France attempting to exploit NATO without contributing at all has now become a typical situation.

It wants all of NATO’s capabilities to be used to serve its own personal interests in the Mediterranean.

In 2011, at the very beginning of the Libya crisis, France was the first to propose seizing the country’s resources by using NATO’s capabilities.

As time went on, it was once again ascertained that what France was looking for in Libya was nothing other than petrol.

Even though the support it’s given former general Khalifa Haftar has rendered Paris the partner of all the crimes Haftar has committed against humanity in the coup against the will of the Libyans, Macron is still under the protection of the EU and NATO; but for how long?

Now France is trying to rile up NATO by partnering up with Greece against Turkey, which signed the “Restriction of Marine Jurisdictions” agreement with Libya.

Of course, there is nothing NATO can do concerning this deal.

They will consider themselves lucky if they can put forth a common stance and a publish a condemnation while they have all congregated in London, but there is nothing further they can do.

Turkey is in possession of the second largest army in the alliance, and also in the top eight countries which make the largest contribution to NATO.

Furthermore, it is in the top five countries contributing to regional and global peace and stability within the scope of NATO’s various operations and missions.

Turkey, which no longer allows the exploitation of its rights that are the result of its contribution to the alliance with its high participation, can now make the necessary demands from the bloc and wants to have a say in its future.

The fact that member countries do not stand in solidarity with Turkey against the terror threat it faces, that it even supports this threat are harbingers that NATO is harboring a serious disease.

It owes NATO nothing in the existing balances of trade; on the contrary NATO is greatly indebted to Turkey.

Turkey has never violated the laws of the alliance, on the contrary, alliance members are constantly disregarding Turkey’s rights and concerns within the bloc.

In the past maybe, Turkey lacked the capabilities to make itself heard or was forced to turn a blind eye to the follies committed against it.

However, the Turkey of today will never allow its rights to be violated, nor will it overlook the offenses committed against it.

Turkey’s stance and opinion on NATO’s future and on whether its plug will be pulled are also of grave significance. Whatever the end result may be, there is no doubt that Turkey will have a determining role in shaping the world of the future.

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