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Can NATO Take on the Role of World Police?


Jakarta, IO – The “China Threat” was highlighted as a crucial topic at this year’s NATO summit, in addition to encouraging Ukraine to continue its attempts to attack and bring down Russia. The current version of NATO’s “Strategic Concept” paper includes China for the first time, and the direction of the sword appears to be on the agenda. Leaders from various Asia-Pacific nations are now participating at the “NATO” Madrid meeting, prompting the inevitable question: Can NATO take on the role of World Police? 

First, the United States has always utilized “NATO” as an “anchor” for framing the connection between Western European nations and itself. Whether it will become a “world police” force should be determined first by its ability to serve the United States and manage European countries. 

It is still the creative masterwork of some so-called US strategists to make the Western European countries anchored by the US into spears in the hands of the US to perform the role of world police. Looking back on history, although though Western European countries had become debtor countries to the United States, and their social richness was significantly less than that of the United States, they still saw the United States as a “country bumpkin” and a “cowboy” until the end of World War I. 

What Americans have done wrong is donated money to European countries without having control over them. The United States was fortunate to be able to participate in the Paris Peace Conference, which provided those in power the courage to enter the global political arena. 

Woodrow Wilson then traveled extensively. As the first US president to visit Europe some 150 years after the country’s creation, he carried the famous “Fourteen Point Plan,” which was almost all rejected by Britain, France, and other countries. Although the Paris Peace Conference approved the plan to form a “League of Nations,” real authority remained in the hands of Britain and France. The United States will never forget Woodrow Wilson’s unlearned lesson at the Paris Peace Conference. 

After WWII, Europe, which had been decimated by the Great War, was depressed and the people were impoverished. At the time, former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill chose to give a speech at Truman’s alma mater on March 5, 1946, publicly announcing that an Iron Curtain had fallen across Europe between the western countries of the United States and the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, from Stettin in the Baltic Sea to Ater Trieste by the Ria Sea. 


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