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NATO: Critical Analysis


BASIC (British American Security Information Council)
BASIC can arrange interviews with Admiral Sir James Eberle, former NATO commander-in-chief; Otfried Nassauer of the Berlin Information Center for Transatlantic Security; and other NATO experts.
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Foreign policy analyst at the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, Ibish said: “The Clinton administration has made it perfectly clear that it regards ethnic cleansing as a legitimate tool of statecraft. The U.S. backed ethnic cleansing when the Croatians did it to the Serbs [in 1995], Turkey to the Kurds [throughout the 1990s] and Israel to the Palestinians [in 1948]. In fact, what this war is all about is the future of NATO, America’s role in European defense structures in coming decades and continuing the original purpose of NATO: ‘Keeping the Americans in, the Russians out, and the Germans down.’ Germany may be allowed economic dominance, but Europe is to remain dependent on the U.S. militarily.”
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Senior research fellow at the World Policy Institute who wrote “Beyond Kosovo: Preventive Diplomacy” in the current issue of The Nation, Hartung said: “Last year at this time, the discussion in Washington by the Clinton administration was about how NATO expansion would reduce the cost of providing security in Europe. Now, less than a year after the Senate voted to admit Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary, the downside of too much dependence on NATO is painfully evident.”
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Legislative organizer for Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, Gilhool said: “President Clinton chose bombs, rejecting avenues for political resolution in Yugoslavia, ignoring opportunities to help Balkan countries and to address human rights issues through the United Nations and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.”
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Co-author of the just-released Corporate Predators: The Hunt for Mega-Profits and the Attack on Democracy, Mokhiber said: “Who benefits from the war in the Balkans? Big U.S. military contractors. The stock of Raytheon, which makes the Tomahawk cruise missile–used to destroy and kill in the Balkans–is up 17 percent in the past two weeks. One defense industry stock analyst told USA Today recently: ‘Some of the performance is driven by excitement in Kosovo and renewed interest in their products.’ No wonder twelve big military manufacturers– including Ameritech, DaimlerChrysler, Boeing, GM, Honeywell, Motorola, and TRW– have ponied up $250,000 each to underwrite NATO’s big shindig in Washington this weekend. How convenient to meet the leaders of NATO ‘democracies’ and sell them more weapons of mass destruction. What’s the difference between such arrangements and run-of-the-mill bribery and mass reckless homicide? With NATO and the military contractors, it’s all legal.”
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For more information, contact at the Institute for Public Accuracy: Sam Husseini, (202) 347-0020 or (202) 332-5055; David Zupan, (541) 484-9167