[News] NATO occupies sweet home Chicago
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NATO occupies sweet home Chicago
By Pepe Escobar
So the anthem now goes something like this: C'mon, baby don't you
wanna go/back to that same old place/sweet home ring of steel Chicago.
Robert Johnson must be spitting fire in his bluesy grave because the
North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), for its 25th summit, is
occupying Chicago like it was Kabul - with Americans treated as
concentric circles of Taliban. The Department of Homeland Security
has branded the summit a "National Special Security Event"; that
means the Secret Service, in practice, has taken over Chicago.
It's lockdown time - complete with Iraq-style concrete barriers;
battalions sporting upgraded riot gear; "extraction teams" to snatch
and grab pinpointed protesters in a "low intensity conflict"
environment; and an Orwellian guest star, the LRAD (long-range
acoustic device) - a sound cannon bound to "ensure a consistent
message is delivered to large crowds", according to the Chicago
It sounds like a zany remake of John Landis's immortal The Blues
Brothers. So what role would US President Barack Obama, the Drone
Godfather, play? Aretha Franklin singing Think ? Or Godfather of Soul
James Brown leading the gospel choir to "see the light"? Obama, after
all, is on a Mission from God himself - the MC of the militarization
of Chicago mirroring NATO's militarization of the planet.
As for the masses of Americans who refuse to be occupied, or who are
bent on turning Occupy Chicago into Occupy NATO, their plight sounds
more like Albert King; Born under a bad sign/I've been down since I
began to crawl/if it wasn't for bad luck/I wouldn't have no luck at all.
Married to the mob
NATO's Chicago summit is essentially a celebration of the "Strategic
Concept"  adopted at the Lisbon summit in November 2010 - which is
a sort of more palatable version of the Pentagon's "full spectrum
Crucially, last month in a Pentagon/NATO funfest in Norfolk,
Virginia, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton  stressed the
Chicago summit would "recognize the operational, financial and
political contributions of our partners across a range of efforts to
defend our common values in the Balkans, Afghanistan, the Middle
East, and North Africa".
One wonders what kind of "common values" are inbuilt in a bogus fight
against a ghostly "al-Qaeda" in Afghanistan - which has meant in fact
NATO getting its ass kicked for interminable 11 years by hordes of
enraged nationalistic Pashtuns with Kalashnikovs and rocket launchers.
And what kind of "common values" were packaged in the "humanitarian"
bombing of Libya by the NATO/AFRICOM combo - when the end product,
NATO rebel-controlled Libya, turns out to be a racist, hardcore
Islamist heaven-cum-militia hell, now exported to neighbors such as Mali.
Not to mention that NATO adamantly refuses to acknowledge it killed
scores of civilians in Libya as part of its R2P (responsibility to
protect) mission on behalf of ... civilians.
Yet, when it comes to NATO "partners", things are as sweet as cherry pie.
Becoming a "partner" to NATO, especially for smaller countries, is
not entirely dissimilar to being forced to a marriage with the mob.
More sophisticated techniques of extortion apply. Why don't you join
our (nom du jour) freedom coalition? Why don't you contribute with
some troops? Why don't you buy some gorgeous weapons from us? Or else ...
Have you ever loved a drone?
NATO itself says Chicago  will discuss three main topics:
The "commitment to Afghanistan". Translation; let's occupy it
forever, at least with three major bases (Bagram, Shindand and
Kandahar), but we must find a way to spin it nicely. And then we
gotta make those Central Asian "stans" give us more bases. The
"capabilities" to "defend its population and territory" - as in
defending North America and Europe by bombing and/or occupying parts
of Central Asia or Africa. This is all bundled up as "challenges of
the 21st century". NATO's "network of partners across the globe".
The NATO partnership maze stands as one of the most successful
handouts of boxes full of chocolate in history.
They include; the Partnership for Peace; the Mediterranean Dialogue;
the Istanbul Cooperation Initiative; the Kosovo Force; Operation
Ocean Shield (off the Horn of Africa); Operation Unified Protector
(in Libya); Operation Active Endeavor (across the Mediterranean); the
Troop Contributing Countries in Afghanistan, which feature
Asia-Pacific nations such as Malaysia, Mongolia, Singapore, South
Korea and Tonga; and the monstrous Partnership Cooperation Menu (with
over 1,600 main dishes and side dishes).
There is also the Russian-NATO Council (RNC); that's as fractious a
relationship as humanly conceivable, essentially because of the US
obsession with missile defense.
NATO secretary general, the unctuous Dane Anders Fogh Rasmussen,
already stressed that in Chicago NATO will announce "initial
operational capability" for the joint US-NATO interceptor missile
system in Europe. Translation; a phenomenal business venture for
Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Raytheon.
NATO spins it as a "defense system" for Europe against North Korean
or Iranian inter-continental ballistic missiles. This is absolute
nonsense. This "defense system" is bound to be integrated into the
Pentagon's first strike capability. Russian intelligence knows
exactly who's supposed to be the real target.
No wonder Russia won't be at the Chicago funfest. Nor China. Nor
Iran. Pakistan - for a still undisclosed amount of shiny metal
carrots - is back at the last minute. None of this deters NATO. There
is an internal drive to forge some sort of partnership with the BRICS
group of emerging powers (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South
Africa) - all in the name of "security on a global level". The BRICS
are not interested.
Still, "liberated" Iraq will inevitably be annexed to the Istanbul
Cooperation Initiative. "Liberated" Libya will be inserted into the
Mediterranean Dialogue. The same will happen to Syria (provided a
Mission from God installs regime change). "Evil" Iran, on the other
hand, will always be excluded. Unless a Mission from God produces
NATOspeak defines this partnership free-for-all as the need for
"improving interoperability", part of the overall plan to build a
"hub of relationships around the world". That's the Lisbon 2010
Strategic Concept in practice; Globocop NATO expanding to - literally
- reach the stars.
So Chicago is just a test run - an advanced stage, compared to Gaza
or Sadr City in Baghdad, of what the RAND corporation used to call
MOUT (Military Operations in Urban Terrain). NATO after all has seen
the future - and is immersing itself body and soul in the "war of the
drones". If you can't beat them in Pashtunistan, at least you can
corral them in the home of the blues. Woke up this morning/and I
found my baby droned.
1. <http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/LK25Df04.html>US a kid in
a NATO candy store Asia Times Online, November 25, 2010.
2. <http://www.state.gov/secretary/rm/2012/04/187392.htm>Remarks to
the World Affairs Council 2012 NATO Conference US State Department,
April 3, 2012. 3.
25th summit meeting, NATO website.
Pepe Escobar is the author of
How the Globalized World is Dissolving into Liquid War (Nimble Books,
Zone Blues: a snapshot of Baghdad during the surge. His most recent
book, just out, is
does Globalistan (Nimble Books, 2009).
He may be reached at pepeasia at yahoo.com
522 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
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