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NATO descends as a tool of US

Editor: Li Kun 丨CCTV.com

12-29-2015 16:47 BJT

By Han Xudong, National Defense University

A suicide car bomb attack killed six and injured three foreign soldiers in the Bagram air base in northern Afghanistan on Dec. 21, which had drawn international attention. The nine soldiers belonged to the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

(For reference: Bagram, Dec 21 : At least six service members of the NATO-led Resolute Support (RS) mission were killed as a suicide car bomb attack occurred in northern Parwan province of Afghanistan, media reports said.)


Apparently, the international community not only focuses on the assault itself, but keeps a watchful eye on NATO's station in Afghanistan. Despite NATO completing its mission in Afghanistan in 2014, its 13,000 soldiers stayed - 9,800 American soldiers and 4,000 soldiers from other NATO member states.

On Dec. 1, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg announced that 12,000 NATO troops will station in Afghanistan in 2016. Afterwards, "Taliban" radicals attacked NATO troops frequently, "reminding" them they should withdraw.

On Dec. 18, Ash Carter, United States Defense Minister, visited Afghanistan to meet American troops and Afghan officials. The media said Carter's trip was intended to pacify the NATO troops. However, NATO has descended to become a tool of Washington.

US has led NATO expansion.

NATO was an outcome of the Cold War, which was used to confront the Warsaw Pact military bloc. The Warsaw Pact later dissolved, but NATO still exists and has expanded from 16 member states to 28. Except the US and Canada, 26 member states hail from Europe, but Washington continues to dominate Europe's security situation. 

Washington uses NATO for its own purpose.

During the Cold War, the US and Soviet Union had conducted military rivalries with Europe as the main battlefield. NATO carried out military actions within its defense area. Washington and Moscow had fought for strategic plots by exploiting agents.

After the Cold War, Washington instigated NATO to act outside its defense perimeter, such as getting involved in the Bosnia and Herzegovina war, Kosovo war and Afghan war. The US had incited NATO to interfere over Georgia affairs in South Caucasia regions and confronted Moscow.

Washington had encouraged the NATO general-secretary to visit South Korea and Japan in 2013 to express concerns over hot-button issues in Northeast Asia. Obviously, NATO has maneuvered towards Washington.

NATO cleans up US mess in Afghanistan.

The United Kingdom (UK) and Tsarist Russia had attacked Afghanistan several times, but they failed. In the end, they delimited the Wakhan Corridor as a buffer zone. In Dec. 1979, the Soviet army invaded Afghanistan, fought for 10 years, and had to withdraw in 1988.

36 days after the 9-11 terror attack, the US announced its assault on Afghanistan. Although US President Obama declared an end to the 13-year Afghan war on Dec. 29, 2014, combat actions between the United States and terrorists in Afghanistan linger on.

Washington held NATO together to end the dilemma. According to the No. 1386 resolution of the United Nations (UN) Security Council, NATO organized the ISAF to enter Afghanistan in Dec. 2011. In 2012, the peak number of army troops had surged to 130,000, and then they have kept withdrawing.

When Obama announced the end of the war, the American army pulled out while the ISAF remained. The ISAF included 9800 American soldiers and 4000 soldiers from other countries.

Washington wants the American army to stay in Afghanistan through NATO ISAF, meanwhile the US has pinned other member states to offer service. Yet, it is still too early to discuss the withdrawal of ISAF from Afghanistan. 


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