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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Cold War bombshell: Putin declassifies documents revealing that USSR wanted to join NATO in 1954 - Application was rejected

Cold War bombshell: Putin declassifies documents revealing that USSR wanted to join NATO in 1954 - Application was rejected

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Ian Traynor
The Guardian
 A year after Stalin died in 1953 and a year before the Warsaw Pact was established in 1955, the Kremlin asked to join NATO, according to a secret file which President Vladimir Putin unveiled last night.

In a coup de théatre which will have Cold War historians breaking out in a sweat, Putin brandished what he described as a recently declassified 'note' from the Soviet government to Western leaders from 1954.
It stated that Moscow was "holding to its intention of entering negotiations on joining" NATO, formed five years earlier.

Putin used the ploy to answer a question on Russian reaction to possible NATO expansion into parts of the former USSR following George Bush's robust advocacy of potential NATO membership for all countries 'from the Baltic to the Black Sea'.

He then revealed that the 1954 response from the West was that "the unrealistic nature of the proposal does not warrant discussion."


Comment: That has got to be THE 'brush-off' of the 20th century.


A mischievous Putin pointed out that he suggested Russian membership of NATO a year ago but was rebuffed by Madeleine Albright, then the US Secretary of State.


Comment: Note the adjective 'mischievous' - 15 years ago the Powers That Be were already wary of Putin.


And while it was stressed that Russia and America could be 'allies', Colin Powell, Albright's successor, made clear that that was 'allies with a small "a"'.
Comment: From day one, apparently, Putin has had the Powers That Be periodically 'breaking out in sweats'!

Again we see that the 'Cold War' was entirely of the West's making. The US needed the Cold War to cement its post-WW2 position as 'world government'.

Russia, or the USSR, were not allowed to join NATO because its influence would interfere with NATO's true purpose: to establish and maintain Western, specifically Anglo-American, global hegemony.

Note that the Warsaw Pact was only formed AFTER the USSR was refused, thus completely undermining the revisionist NATO history which justifies its original existence as necessary to counter a Soviet (really, a Russian) military threat to Europe.

Once NATO (Washington and London) refused Russian entry into NATO, the Russians realized NATO's true purpose, and after having only just survived the most titanic war in all history, Russia thus had no choice but to establish a counter-alliance.

Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose...

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"Mistakes always happen," the media outlet quoted Sarotte, Professor of History and International Relations at the University of Southern California, as saying. It is unlikely that either NATO or the Warsaw Treaty Organization could have avoided this fate. However, the Warsaw Pact, a collective defense treaty organization, was dissolved in February 1991; while the North Atlantic Alliance decided to remain active and one of the worst decisions in its history came at approximately that time.
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Casual dismissal of nuclear threats by Iran and North Korea to America and our allies, Israel in particular, will be a huge mistake.

Collaborative military nuclear weapon development and delivery alliances between the two rogue partners date back decades, with unambiguously dangerous implications.

This month Tehran launched a long-range nuclear-capable missile brandishing a quotation from the late Ayatollah Khomeini written in Hebrew declaring that “Israel must be wiped off the face of the Earth.”

That same month, Pyongyang fired two ballistic missiles from its northern shore to targets more than 300 miles away. That occurred two days after they released a photo of Kim Jong Un with what was claimed to be a mock-up of a miniaturized nuclear warhead.

Although Iran’s missile launches violated the U.N. Security Council Resolution 2231 in connection with the deal which “called upon” Iran not to build or test nuclear-capable missiles for eight years, Russia, which wields a veto, wishes to give them a pass.
As their ambassador Vitaly Churkin explained last week, “A call is different from a ban because you cannot violate a call.”

And as for North Korea, White House press secretary Josh Ernest announced that President Obama signed an executive order last week imposing new sanctions in response to the miscreant regime's latest nuclear and ballistic missile tests which “will allow the U.S. to implement sanctions unanimously agreed to by the U.N. Security Council.”

Yup, he’s referring to those same U.N. Security Council and U.S. warnings that North Korea ignored still once again when they launched two more missiles last Friday.

In response to joint U.S.-South Korea annual drills, North Korea’s National Defense Commission threatened an “all-out offensive” with “pre-emptive” nuclear strikes against “U.S. imperialist aggressor forces” based in the Asia-Pacific region and the U.S. mainland.

The statement said “If we push the buttons to annihilate the enemies even right now, all bases of provocations will be reduced to seas in flames and ashes in a moment.”

Their state-run news outlet DPRK also claimed that North Korea could wipe out Manhattan with a hydrogen bomb much larger than the one developed by the Soviet Union. Citing a nuclear scientist named Cho Hyong Il, the report said “If this H-bomb were to be mounted on an intercontinental missile and fall on Manhattan in New York City, all the people there would be killed immediately and the city would burn down to ashes.”
These events occurred only one month after Kin Jong Un’s regime conducted its fourth nuclear test (which they claimed to be a hydrogen bomb) and also launched a three-stage rocket into space. Last December they are believed to have conducted a successful submarine missile test.
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Iran and North Korea are known to have worked together on nuclear and missile technology since at least 1993. Included are exchange visitations of nuclear and rocket scientists and $500 million in Iranian financing for North Korea’s nuclear program in return for nuclear technology.

Kim Yong Nam, a high-level North Korean official, has met with top-echelon Iranian counterparts, and both governments have explicitly admitted working together against the U.S.

Senior Editor Bill Gertz reported in the Washington Free Beacon that Kim Jong Un's regime even had the temerity to supply missile components to Iran “during recent nuclear talks,” which violated U.N. “sanctions on both countries, according to U.S. intelligence officials.” Gertz went on to say that details of those shipments “were included in Obama’s daily intelligence briefings” but were kept secret from the U.N.

Joint North Korea-Iran armament intentions couldn’t either be clearer or more menacing.

An Iranian state television program released a video showing an underground tunnel filled with missiles and launchers as stated for use if and when “enemies make a mistake.”

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Aerospace Division Cmdr. Brig. Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh described the display as “a sample” of many such tunnels, over 500 yards deep, within mountains spread out all over the country.

He pledged that Iran would begin deploying a new “advanced generation” of long-range missiles this year, warning that they will “erupt like a volcano from the depth of the Earth.”

The White House has taken a position that such violations will have no effect upon the Iran nuclear pact, essentially arguing that we should simply lower our expectations.

As Obama said last August, “We have no illusions about the Iranian government . . . Iran supports terrorist organizations like Hezbollah. It supports proxy groups that threaten our interests and the interests of allies, including proxy groups who killed our troops in Iraq. They try to destabilize our Gulf partners.”

Then he added the old Alfred E. Neuman “What . . . me worry?” consolation that this is really nothing new, stating “But Iran has been engaged in these activities for decades.”

OK, I admit it. I still worry.

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