NATO's Real Existential Threat: The Surrender Of Western Values

Authored by William Smith via The American Conservative,

On January 17, Petr Pavel, a Czech army general and NATO’s military committee chairman, led meetings with his counterparts from Ukraine and Georgia, which he tweeted were “Sessions dedicated to Projecting Stability.” Yet while NATO’s collaboration with nations historically intertwined with Russia could lead to a number of possible outcomes, “stability” seems the least likely one. Like so much of what the alliance does, the purpose of these meetings is to push the alliance ever eastward.

That raises a question. Why should Americans participate in an alliance in which a general—from a minuscule military power that spends 1 percent of its GDP on defense—hosts a meeting that is more likely to provoke a catastrophic U.S.-Russia war than to prevent one? As Ted Galen Carpenter recently explained here at TAC, this is the dangerous calculus that results from interlocking the United States with so many NATO nations, including some that Moscow regards as within its sphere of influence.  

Let me offer another reason to be skeptical about the long-term future of U.S. participation in the Western alliance: the West is dying. The historical and cultural legacy that animated Western civilization is atrophying. This is particularly the case in Western Europe, where elites see nothing particularly valuable in their cultural heritage, which will increasingly make them unreliable partners to the United States. How can a Western alliance be maintained when less and less remains of common, distinctly Western values and ideas?

At the end of the Cold War, the late Harvard historian Samuel Huntington pointed out that the world was reorganizing itself along civilizational lines and that cultural commonalities were replacing Cold War alliances. Western European nations signed the Maastricht treaty, Russia rebuilt its Orthodox cathedrals, Islam experienced a historic reawakening, and China rediscovered Confucius. Huntington therefore recommended that NATO serve as “the security organization of Western civilization.”

According to Huntington, the Western heritage is rooted in “Greek philosophy and rationalism, Roman law, Latin and Christianity,” a common culture with penchants for the separation of “spiritual and temporal authority,” the rule of law, representative governments, and civil liberties. In the post-Cold War world, Huntington advised that the West reanimate its principles and avoid meddling in the affairs of other civilizations that were rediscovering, and taking pride in, their own traditions.

Because Western elites, the “Davos men,” do not cherish or even particularly admire the unique Western cultural inheritance—Christianity in particular—they did not see civilizational criteria as a basis upon which the West should form post-Cold War alliances. We have thus done precisely the opposite of what Huntington recommended: we have meddled, sometimes aggressively, in other civilizations, and we have repudiated more and more of our own heritage, replacing it with a mishmash of multiculturalism, universalism, globalism, and anti-Christianity. And with our worldwide meddling and fading fondness for civil liberties has come the national security behemoth, weakening our commitment to freedom, privacy, and the rule of law. The recent FISA scandal is another reminder of the legacy that we are squandering.  

Because Western elites no longer recognize and respect the unique characteristics of their own civilization—let alone those of competing civilizations—the foreign policy of the West has been marked by ineptitude. For example, as ethnic and religious aspirations came to the fore in the former Yugoslavia, NATO fought to keep the country intact, and, when that failed, essentially allied itself with Bosnian Muslims whose other friends included Iran, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, and al-Qaeda. We launched a massive invasion of Iraq in the heart of Islamic civilization that provoked the entire Muslim world. We sponsored an anti-Russian coup in Ukraine, a nation so closely tied to Orthodox civilization that its capital, Kiev, has historically been described as “the mother of all Russian cities.”

This civilizational cluelessness has also marked Western mismanagement of the NATO alliance.

Had elites understood in 1990 that NATO was no longer an anti-Soviet bloc but the “security alliance of Western civilization,” huge changes would have been made at the end of the Cold War and afterward. Turkey, an increasingly authoritarian country that is aspiring to a leadership role in the Islamic world, is a sponsor of terrorism and is overtly hostile to the United States; it should hardly be a NATO member, its strategic position and large army notwithstanding. China has both a strategic position and large army, and no one would argue that it would be a constructive NATO member. Macedonia, a corrupt and unstable nation with an Orthodox majority and a Muslim minority, shouldn’t have been considered for membership either. Finally, Western leaders should never have pushed to admit Georgia and Ukraine, and they should not now be playing footsie with those countries’ generals. Any statesman with civilizational awareness would have recognized and respected the historically rooted interests and prerogatives of the leader of the great Orthodox civilization, Russia.  

But nothing highlights the civilizational cluelessness of Western elites quite like the deliberate facilitation of mass Islamic migration into Europe. When a leader such as Angela Merkel defends Islamic migration on economic and multicultural grounds, she shows herself to be simply ignorant about what made Western civilization distinctive and successful and what is now threatening it. The embers of our heritage will ultimately burn out in nations like Germany, where domestic politics will trend toward ambivalence about NATO. A demographic profile with large blocs of Muslim voters will transform the geopolitical views of the political classes in a number of Western countries. (The political implications of Islamic migration for Europe are presaged in Michel Houellebecq’s controversial novel Submission.) Some Western nations, it seems obvious, will no longer support a Western alliance because they will no longer be Western. One can envision a time when certain Eastern European countries, which still cherish their heritage, will be the only reliable alliance partners. NATO, famous for scenario planning, ought to plan for that, rather than covetously eyeing Vladimir Putin’s neighbors.


HenryKissinger… Kartolas Fri, 02/09/2018 - 03:45 Permalink

Nato´s job is to: "Keep the Russians out, the Americans in, and the Germans down." Lord Ismay - NATO’s first Secretary General

the head of NATO is always a US army general sitting in the pentagon
Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR)
the Supreme Allied Commander Europe is the head (command of NATO military operations) and the secretary general is just a clown, aka "spokesperson"

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Heros wildbad Fri, 02/09/2018 - 04:01 Permalink

Another article rendered irrelevant because the author is afraid to violate the jew-taboo.

Nato is Zato, or more precisely the Rothschild army.  Just look how Denmark flew F16 attacks against Deir Ezzor just when Russia and Syria had made peace with the "rebels".  100's of Syrian soldiers were killed or wounded.  It just happened again with "Coalition" aircraft attacking the Syrian Army and murdering scores of them.   All on behalf of gods chosen supremacists.  But we can't talk about that, can we?

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Déjà view HenryKissinger… Fri, 02/09/2018 - 03:50 Permalink

Pied Piper...Washington...Jerusalem...London...Axis Of Evil...
Euro-P-ons fix NATO destruction...damn Warsaw Pact thought job is done!

As a percent of GDP, however, U.S. aid spending ranks near the bottom of all developed countries. It accounts for 0.17 percent of GDP, twentieth out of twenty-eight countries measured by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Sweden, Norway, Luxembourg, Denmark, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom all spend more than 0.7 percent of GDP on foreign aid, which is the target set by the United Nations.

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Teja Déjà view Fri, 02/09/2018 - 05:10 Permalink

This also confirms why the sentence in the article " This is particularly the case in Western Europe, where elites see nothing particularly valuable in their cultural heritage" is blatantly wrong.

The respect for the "Western" cultural heritage is much lower with American elites than with Western European or European in general ones. Starts with the knowledge about the cultural heritage - most Americans I met do not know much about that heritage. I particularly loved the one standing in the ruins of Pompeij, Italy, asking my mother when the city was destroyed. She telling him "79", him then asking "1979?".

Also, one important point most people do not understand about the Christian heritage is that the core idea distinguishing Christianity from the ancient religions is that EVERYBODY HAS A SOUL. So being equal on a most basic level. This is not really compatible with building walls, keeping slaves, maintaining an Archipel GULAG (the US prison system being almost compareable in its extension to the USSR one). Doesn't mean that one shouldn't keep people at an arm's length (and more) who believe that only their co-religionists have a soul and are worthy not to be killed, but this is independent from the specific religion or philosophy.

Anyway, the destruction of the Western cultural heritage is mostly of America's making. Wherever I look, from the media to Facebook and so on, it is things developed in and sold by Americans which undermine the western civilisation. In that respect Trump is a good thing for Europeans - making this distinction blatantly clear for everyone, and forcing us to take measures against the worst parts.

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Element HenryKissinger… Fri, 02/09/2018 - 07:02 Permalink

" ... We sponsored an anti-Russian coup in Ukraine, a nation so closely tied to Orthodox civilization that its capital, Kiev, has historically been described as “the mother of all Russian cities.” ..."

Oh yes? Coveting other people's territory again?

How typically Russian-ish.

"... Any statesman with civilizational awareness would have recognized and respected the historically rooted interests and prerogatives of the leader of the great Orthodox civilization, Russia. ..."

Is this the Orthodoxy sham that popped up after 1990, with the blessingz of the FSB? The opiate of the masses (commie orthodoxy)... she rides again?

No silly rubbish author, pimping anti-western 'pootie-porn' for dumshits will not work ... we have not forgotten what it's all about, good luck with that sort of BS

'Weekend-Tyler' rides again, eh? Do try not to be so obvious though mate. And I see they like to get you in on a Friday evenings still?

You must be Vladivostok based? Good gig?

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Posa Kartolas Fri, 02/09/2018 - 10:16 Permalink

Bingo. Smith and TAC crowd are the truly clueless ones... the US Inner Elites is willing to "tear it all down", create international chaos, in order to achieve and maintain Global hegemonic Supremacy spelled out in Wolfowitz , which Dubya Bush enshrined as foundational National Security Doctrine. This strategy dovetails with the Israeli one of "securing the realm" by "burning down the neighborhood" (Operation Clean Break) ie destroying Iraq, Syria, Libua, Yemen and ultimately Iran as coherent sovereign nations.

It amounts to Rule by Chaos and Feudal Barbarity



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Fireman Fri, 02/09/2018 - 03:40 Permalink

It gets better every day as Bilge Pump Trump thrashes about like a landed whale. NATO, North Amerikan Terror Organ, that limp appendage dangling from the Pedophile Politburo in Natostan capital of USSA's flaccid vassal Brussels, seat of the infamous albeit collapsing EUSSR wants to be the global gangster sidekick of the Pentacon thugs but just doesn't want to pay to play. Will the Germans get suckered for a third time into a global war for their anglozionazi bankster masters and the Washing town thugocracy?  Nah...they finally seem to have figured it and STASI agent "Erika" out as the I$I$ "backed" Saudi Mercan IOU petroscrip toilet paper dollah gets flushed from the global Ponzi sewer of the Potemkin Village (idiot) Mercan "economy" of slaughter for profit of the zero 1%.

Meanwhile the summer of hate aprroaches on both sides of the Atlanticist swamp as the allah detritus of USSA'S Middle East judaic wars rapes and pillages its way across a seething Europe betrayed by the hag in Berlin and her Soros puppet master. Syria is where the anglozionazi beast and Pentacon Murder Inc. finally bit off more than they could chew and the rest of humanity sees it for what it is. Meanwhile the emasculated pedophile pawns in Natostan huff and puff at Mr Bear's doorstep but that is all these cretins will ever do. It is all over bar the inevitable bankrupt collapse of €urolandia and the long awaited civil war reloaded in Slumville USSA.


Onward to the co££ap$€ of worthless Pentacon protected fiat filth and the execution of the banksters and political whores that peddle it!

GLADIO or I$I$...synthetic USSAN terror...same as it ever was



 (These NATO mobsters are at heart lowlife terrorist filth like the I$I$ scum they have unleashed on Syria  and such uninformed uniformed Euro mutts have no stomach for fighting real armies with real men.) The smart ones of course know that it was the Soviet Union that smashed NAZI Germany while the yanks were busy drinking warm Brit beer and shagging the locals.

kellys_eye Fri, 02/09/2018 - 03:44 Permalink

Clueless?  No.  They know EXACTLY what their actions are going to provoke.

Internal strife and conflict.

If you can't beat them from an external aspect, create an internal problem that does the damage for you.

Normally Aspirated Fri, 02/09/2018 - 03:56 Permalink

Yea there is a touch of innocence/ignorance about this article. To argue that NATO came to the rescue of Yugoslavia is a joke. They primed Yugoslavia for break up and take over

None of this is done by accident or through ignorance, it's done on purpose to take over the Balkans and eventually the attempt will be made against Russia.

Russia is why the US is in Afghanistan

Hoffman Lenz Fri, 02/09/2018 - 03:57 Permalink

A very 'Gatestone-style' analysis. If you're going to start analysing the destruction of Western civilisation, at least bring all the players out in the open.

Rocco May Fri, 02/09/2018 - 04:00 Permalink

"That raises a question. Why should Americans participate in an alliance in which a general—from a minuscule military power that spends 1 percent of its GDP on defense—hosts a meeting that is more likely to provoke a catastrophic U.S.-Russia war than to prevent one?"

This is a very good question! Merkel is a warmonger. The EU is bankrupt. War is a distraction from real issues- that has always been the strategy of the German socialists= nazis.

Fremover SoDamnMad Fri, 02/09/2018 - 06:03 Permalink

It's a EU thing. They need an army to threaten and coerce rebellious EU countries to adapt and enact EU policy. Especially the Visegrad four, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Czech republics as they postpone and defies the immigration quotas.  Then there is the possible rebellion in Italy when the economy gets worse, and possible rebellious Catalans and other smaller groups, that the nations can not handle by them selves. Don't think for one moment that an EU army would operate outside EU-teritory. It will be more of a Brussels police force to ensure all parts are following suit in their pursuit of destroying Europe and the Western values.


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Jung Fri, 02/09/2018 - 04:00 Permalink

NATO can continue to bomb some more Muslim countries and they'll still blame the Muslims for escaping their bombs. Syria has nearly been completely destroyed and NATO countries support the terrorists there to help the Israeli plan to destroy all of these countries to make room for that lot (such nice and caring people, so much kinder and charitable than the way!).

YouJustCouldnt Fri, 02/09/2018 - 04:14 Permalink

Just WTF? Sweden has appointed Qaisar Mahmood as head of the Swedish National Heritage Board. Born in Lahore Pakistan, 44-year-old Pakistani admits he hasn’t “read anything about cultural heritage” and has zero education or experience in history or archaeology. Mahmood has openly displayed hostility to Swedish heritage, telling a radio show that cultural traditions “hide hideous motives,” and expressing his intent to oppose Swedes who “want to protect the culture” and are resistant to change.

commoncourtesy Fri, 02/09/2018 - 04:17 Permalink

'Some Western nations, it seems obvious, will no longer support a Western alliance because they will no longer be Western.'

If their intention is to push for GLOBALIZATION (at any cost) then surely splitting-up nations is their intention? It makes them easier prey.

otschelnik Fri, 02/09/2018 - 04:32 Permalink

There's another fault line running through NATO:  between the morally flacid, debt ridden, social welfare countries of western Europe, and the newly inducted eastern countries which have turned into the vanguard of Western civillization.  Catholic Poland, nationalistic Hungary, intellectual Czechia.  To the putrifying part of Europe Russia is no more than an existential threat that hacks their elections and Brexit. For those in the East that lived under the jackboot for over 40 years, they understand the value of Western civillization and the dear cost to keep it. 


HRH of Aquitaine 2.0 otschelnik Fri, 02/09/2018 - 04:59 Permalink

Yep. I have been to Budapest. Not recently but it was an amazing place. I can't wait to see it again. I have been thinking about living in an RV. I may just show up in Europe and buy an RV over there and motor around. PM Orban is a hero. Same for Hungary as it is the sole European country to have incorporated Christianity into their declaration. Nothing else to say. Hungary and Poland and Czhechia are the only bastions left to protect some parts of Europe. Western Europe is dying a horrific death.

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action jackson 911 HRH of Aquitaine 2.0 Fri, 02/09/2018 - 10:16 Permalink

No matter what, Western Europeistan is fucked, done, finished. There will be thousand of little civil wars, soon enough, and only then they will see and feel :)) what Hell on Earth looks like :)) But what the fuck do you expect from the nazi stupid-ass idiotic useful idiot spineless german nazi sheeps, who voted in 85 % for Murkill and Co. ? :)) They all will die a horrible death, and guess what, you deserve it, fuckers :)) In Hungary everybody see where are things going in Western Europeistan, and nobody wants to be part of it. So, good riddance to Hell, idiot moron german sheeps :))

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SmittyinLA Fri, 02/09/2018 - 05:01 Permalink

What's happening in the EU and West isn't cluelessness but bribery and treason, it's not even ideological based policy, just pure invasion for bribes to leadership and the judiciary.

Cracker Pipes Fri, 02/09/2018 - 05:02 Permalink

Merkel and co. long for the endless days and nights of rape for generations of German women at the hands of the victorious WW2 armies...just can't get enough...

BritBob Fri, 02/09/2018 - 05:14 Permalink

Mrs. Merkel also needs to pay a bit more on defence...Spending on NATO – Percentage of GDP 2016 - United States, 3.61%. Greece, 2.38%. Britain, 2.21%. Estonia, 2.16%. Poland, 2%. France, 1.78%. Turkey, 1.56%. Norway, 1.54%. Lithuania, 1.49%. Romania, 1.48%. Latvia, 1.45%. Portugal, 1.38%. Bulgaria, 1.35%. Croatia, 1.23%. Albania, 1.21%. Germany, 1.19%. Denmark, 1.17%. Netherlands, 1.17%. (NATO Stats published by CNN 18 July 2016)



Joe A Fri, 02/09/2018 - 05:27 Permalink

We should worry more about abandoning Western values such as democracy, freedom of speech and expression.

Europe unreliable partner to the US? Really, I rather think it is the other way around they way the US is aggressively pursuing a strategy of confrontation with Russia. Or meddling in MENA so Europe is stuck with millions of migrants.

Some European partners are so stupid to get on board of that strategy thinking it is in their interest. Russia and the US fighting out a war in Europe is NOT in Europe's interest.

And NATO trying to keep Yugoslavia intact? Really? NATO countries such as the US, the UK and Germany did their utmost best to blow that place up.