What’s Glasnost? Not something you hear about anymore “perestroika”? New phone, who dis?
A commentator on a Q&A site from Moscow said this in 2008:
“I was born in 1987 and i don’t know the principles of Glasnost. Nobody remembers that thing anymore. As for the freedom of word – we have the Internet without any “Great wall” firewall. Last couple of years, portals for city services started, so you can address an issue through the net, and it’s really working.
As for transparency of the government machine – many of us are not interested in that. Constant ruling of one party and one man killed an interest in inner politics in us.”
and that was 2008.
Political atrophy. That’s why we’re so intriguing.
The thing about NATO – and security forces generally anywhere: If they do their job right, they PREVENT big bad news from happening.
Example of something that didn’t become a problem HERE because of what they did somewhere else: 2008-2016
“Counter-piracy in the Gulf of Aden and off the Horn of Africa
Responding to a request from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, NATO naval forces provided escorts to UN World Food Programme (WFP) vessels transiting through the dangerous waters in the Gulf of Aden, where growing piracy threatened to undermine international humanitarian efforts in Africa. The NATO-led Operation Allied Provider was conducted from October to December 2008 and involved counter-piracy activities off the coast of Somalia.
Concurrently, in response to an urgent request from the African Union (AU), these same NATO naval forces escorted a vessel chartered by the AU carrying equipment for the Burundi contingent deployed to the AU Mission in Somalia.
From March to August 2009, NATO ran Operation Allied Protector, a counter-piracy operation, to improve the safety of commercial maritime routes and international navigation off the Horn of Africa. The force conducted surveillance tasks and provided protection to deter and suppress piracy and armed robbery, which are threatening sea lines of communication and economic interests.
Building on previous counter-piracy missions conducted by NATO, Operation Ocean Shield focused on at-sea counter-piracy operations off the Horn of Africa. Approved on 17 August 2009 by the North Atlantic Council, this operation contributed to international efforts to combat piracy in the area. It also offered, to regional states that requested it, assistance in developing their own capacity to combat piracy activities. There were no successful piracy attacks from May 2012 onwards, but even though Somalia-based piracy was suppressed, it had not been eliminated. During the periods without surface ships, maritime patrol aircraft continued to fly sorties, and links to situational awareness systems and counter-piracy partners remained in place. In this effort, the NATO Shipping Centre played a key role. Ocean Shield was terminated on 15 December 2016 after having achieved its objectives.”
So what? Horn of Africa? Who cares right?
Major underground trading centers, commercial security leaks – it’s like that bar in Star Wars but on a bigger scale. Some crappy govts but like most places people just want to live their lives without dealing with stupid shit.
It’s in the US’s interest to take advantage of gains accrued. Things are now at a decent juncture: This would be a huge win for the US as they’re at the brink of peace.
But let’s say NATO was already shut down during a supposedly quiet moment prior.
Would the USA be doing operations like NATO did in the Horn of Africa?
Hardly. Too noticeable. Too big. What the heck would we be doing flying our planes over sovereign nations that trade with both our enemies and friends?
But NATO? They can.
Escorting food supplies. Sounds like nothing right? That’s where NATO shines. O’shit-its-the-cops. Keeps bad actors at bay, forcing them to slink through other channels.
Exactly. If the Allied countries lose trade routes, business is disrupted and we’re back to sea-based warfare, companies having to hire private security which will result in many miscommunications, bringing new meaning to “friendly fire”.The coordination is difficult enough as it is.It’d be like removing the ability of all cars to reliably steer and brake while travelling down congested highways.
want to believe it’s “all about Putin”, go for it. It’s a simplistic meme narrative that reflects a cartoon understanding of geopolitics, commerce and the role of NATO in stability.Sure, it’s all about Putin.
Enhanced trade security helps Russia and China too.Most issues aren’t caused by big nations anymore, usually… but by “entrepreneurs” – lots and lots of them. They can eventually be linked to this nation or that… [although 12 actual GRU operatives getting indicted is a rare case of a State level operation] – but usually it’s relatively free agents so far removed from the big money, focused on their OWN gains that there’s almost no connection to a State at all.But sure, it’s all about the Cold War 2, just like news always says.
NATO’s main focus is policing smaller problems so they don’t get so huge as to be a fiasco (see NATO Yugoslavia 1999).Is it to give primacy to member states? Of course. But their work helps legitimate trade run smoothly, being a security force for many nations still developing their own self-sufficient protections, improving sovereignty.The planet isn’t US-Russia-China-Other.
The US is hardly the World Police. We usually step in at the last minute to go “boom” and claim the prize. It’s our shtick.What about the rest of the time? Somebody has to mind the store.
A chain is only as strong as its weakest link.
I brought up a “far away” example: anti-pirate work in the Horn of Africa as a challenge.
If the limits of your influence stops at your own border, you’re inviting trouble to come to your doorstep.
Why do communities have neighborhood watch?
Why do people form militias?
Trump’s playbook for trade is limited and small. Port control.
It’s like security cameras at a gated community.
Inside, who cares if the world burns? There’s control at the gates.
But if you don’t cooperate with the neighbors on the street too, they won’t want you there for long.