by Mateusz Piskorski Breaking news : The author of this article was arrested and jailed, May 18th, 2016
NATO is an immemorial alliance that liberated
Europe from Nazism and protects us from the Russian bear, then that is what we
should believe. The historical truth is very different, but NATO strives to
revise it. A long-term task with dark consequences.
On July 8th-9th, Warsaw will host
the latest NATO summit, the meeting of the heads of the alliance’s member
states in the format of the North Atlantic Council. The Warsaw meeting will be
the 25th summit in NATO’s history at which agreements achieved at the previous
meeting of the alliance’s heads of states in Newport in 2014 will be developed.
In particular, we are dealing with the creation of a rapid reaction force on
the territory of the countries of Eastern Europe which would be capable of
conducting combat operations on the so-called eastern flank of the alliance.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland, Witold Waszczykowski, emphasized
that the establishment of permanent NATO and, in particular, US military bases
on the territory of Poland will be announced during the summit.
2.5 thousand participants are
expected to be present along with 1.5 thousand foreign journalists. For this
event, the modern National Stadium in the center of Warsaw has been rented out.
Security measures have been tightened in connection with possible terrorist
threats and the protests of public organizations who have already declared
their intent to hold a kind of anti-summit in the Polish capital.
In tandem with preparations for the
event, an intense information campaign has been conducted, the main task for
which is whipping up fears of the allegedly aggressive actions and plans of
Russia. The war over historical memory is part of this long-term campaign. Here
it should be recognized that the revaluation of historical facts and the denial
of the role of the Soviet Union in the Great Victory of 1945 have a certain
historical and political soil in the Baltic states and Romania, where the
authors of NATO-ordered history often directly refer to local collaborationist
movements and present their activities as examples of the “fight for
independence” from the Soviet Union.
The situation is seen differently in
Poland, where it is quite difficult to find supports of the thesis that the
liberation was not the salvation of the Polish people from Hitler’s genocide.
The reformatting of modern history has been coordinated by state agencies such
as the Polish Institute for National Remembrance. All these
activities are aimed at avoiding cognitive dissonance so that the population of
Eastern Europe can’t look at monuments and remember their liberation from Nazi
Germany by the Red Army, something which would call into doubt that the Russia
is the historical, eternal enemy and aggressor.
Reformatting perceptions of
historical facts is part of this long-term, quite complex project. It is
impossible to do something like this over the course of the two months leading
up to the summit. However, other efforts can be undertaken.
In the framework of the information
war, Eastern European media regularly publishes materials on the placement of
nuclear warheads in the Kaliningrad region. The very existence of this region
as a subject of the Russian Federation is exhibited as a threat to the
existence of neighboring countries. On the southern flank, such a role in the
process of escalating the sense of danger is given to Transnistria. Thus,
Kaliningrad scares the Baltic peoples and the Poles, while Transnistria is used
to scare the Romanians and, to a lesser extent, Bulgarians.
The information war is being conducted
systematically and professionally. Its beginning was linked to the necessity of
preparing public opinion for the deployment of missile defense systems in
In connection with the process of
normalizing relations between the West and Iran, NATO’s PR managers were forced
to finally admit: the missile systems are aimed exclusively at the imaginary
Poland is attempting to play a
leading role in the North and Baltic zones of the arms race in Eastern Europe.
In turn, Romania is trying to seize the initiative in the Black Sea region. But
everything there is all the more difficult since Turkey has acted as the leader
of the anti-Russian coalition for more than half a year. This same Turkey that
has displayed certain geopolitical ambitions.
Nonetheless, Bucharest is trying to
use Washington’s lack of total trust in Erdogan and provide the Pentagon with
alternative services. The initiative for creating a Black Sea combined NATO
fleet participated in by those countries which are not yet members of the
alliance, Ukraine and Georgia, as proposed by the Romanian Defense Minister
Mihnea Motoc is an example of such an approach.
The summit’s preparation has been
carefully watched by the American State Department. John Kerry’s deputy,
Anthony Blinken, recently visited a number of Eastern European countries. The
American official’s talks with his Eastern European colleagues boiled down to
one thing: the former members of the Eastern Bloc should unreservedly support
Washington’s position during the summit, especially regarding NATO’s military
build up on the so-called eastern flank, and should bear the defense expenses
on their state budgets.
Blinken emphasized that Russia
intends to provoke NATO forces ahead of the summit. As proof behind his words,
Blinken referred to the patrols of the Russian air forces over the Baltic Sea.
However, he forgot to say that what caused the concern of the Russian Air Force
was the presence of U.S. warships. But according to American officials, this is
a trifle which is not worth bringing up in the conditions of information war.
Blinken made sure that the American
president will feel comfortable in the Polish capital. In order to hold the
summit in a good setting, the government in Warsaw, referring to a terrorist
threat, passed a bill according to which the holding of any rallies or sickest
is prohibited during the time of the extremely important international event
that is the summit.
All of this has been done over
concern for the well-being of the boss of the new, pro-American Europe, Barack
Obama. The official expenses of the Polish defense ministry for holding the
meeting of the alliance’s heads of state is $40 million. This information alone
can really cause some misunderstanding and bring the citizens of the Polish
capital to the picket lines during the summer days of the NATO summit.