With the end of the Cold War, and its expansion east, NATO found a new role for itself. That new role it might be argued has the alliance serving as what one blogger refers to as “a multilateral antidote to U.S. unilateralism.” However, that is only to some extent true as the alliance does more than just facilitate a better public perception of what is effectively illegal military intervention all over the globe.
At times this should be obvious to even the most myopic among us. In Afghanistan today NATO not only coordinates the US’s murderous war, but it also actively participates in it. Moreover, even if, it is sometimes not so blatant, there is more than enough evidence to support Craig Murray’s claim that the UK, US and other NATO countries are negotiating to “Gift” huge amounts of arms and military material to Karimov – who is accused of boiling people alive”– as they withdraw from Afghanistan and there is also more than enough evidence to support any claim that this is not some isolated incident.
Therefore, when Scotland’s first minister, and the SNP’s party leader, Alex Salmond , says that he supports the a pro-NATO policy, and when the SNP defence spokesman, Angus Robertson, declares that he will ask SNP delegates at the party’s autumn conference, which begins in Perth tomorrow, to back this new pro-Nato position, trepidation regarding the SNP among all socialists would appear well founded.
Nevertheless, the debate will just be starting here and even if a pro NATO SNP government does emerge from the conference, and indeed from the referendum in 2014, this will not be the final word on the matter. Indeed, the people of Scotland will have been shown the limitations of an independent Scotland under a capitalist SNP government, and it will be then that the realignment of politics in Scotland will take place. Nevertheless, it should be emphasised that this realignment cannot take place within the union and certainly not within a unionist Labour Party.