Tuesday, September 16, 2008

The "Palin Doctrine" at work!

Thomas Riggins

According to today’s NY Times the US Ambassador to Georgia says the dispute with Russia over South Ossetia and Abkhazia should not stop Georgia from joining NATO. This despite the fact that NATO’s own rules state that no country with border disputes can join the organization.

In her ABC interview Palin said Georgia should be in NATO even if it led to a war with Russia. This is really crazy stuff. Russia has recognized both South Ossetia and Abkhazia as “independent states” so there is definitely a “border dispute” going on. The whole area is in fact unstable and volatile.

NATO is, and always has been, an aggressive imperialist military alliance aimed, originally at the USSR and its allies, and now being used to further imperialist policies in both Europe (the dismemberment of Yugoslavia) and the Middle East.

Some imperialist states have better sense than the USA. France and Germany are trying to block the USA from bringing Georgia (and also Ukraine) into NATO.

Bush may like the “Palin Doctrine” but European leaders realize that baiting the Russian bear in its lair is courting folly.