An anti-NATO/EU flag is displayed at a soccer match in Europe. (Stock photo)

An anti-NATO/EU flag is displayed at a soccer match in Europe. (Stock photo)

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: NATO keeps us far from peace

Canada needs to get out of NATO and NATO needs to be abolished, says letter writer

To the editor,

Canada needs to get out of NATO and NATO needs to be abolished. This is a dangerous war-making alliance to protect western capitalism and to provide cover for illegal interventions. It was formed in 1949 to maintain unity among the historic colonial powers. It has evolved into a global strike force.

NATO maintains a first-strike policy. NATO’s attack on Yugoslavia included 38,000 combat missions. The bombing of Yugoslavia and the myths created to justify it set a pattern for other interventions which often involved regime change. We have been complicit in atrocities. War destroys the environment.

Canada must work for peace. All nine nuclear states are expanding and modernizing their nuclear arsenals. The risk of deliberate or accidental nuclear war is higher today than at the height of the Cold War.

At the NATO summit this week, Canada must press the nuclear-armed states to abandon their nuclear programs, renew bilateral agreements and support pragmatic diplomatic process.

Dyane Brown, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, Nanaimo

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