Scotland, NATO, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Lord John Robertson & Russia
Labour peer Robertson, (addressing the highly influential Brookings Institute in America) recently claimed a, “Yes” vote in the September independence referendum would destabilise the West leading to a breakdown of Western civilisation bringing with it, “cataclysmic” consequences for NATO. He reinforced his totally, “off the wall” comments giving voice that, “the UK’s enemies would “cheer loudest” and “the forces of darkness would simply love it”, further adding, for effect, “the dictators, the persecutors, the oppressors, the annexers, the aggressors and the adventurers around the planet” would view such a move as a victory.
His rant was totally at odds with his recent speech, in which he strongly advocated that Mr Putin and Russia be admitted to NATO ahead of Scotland saying it would reinforce the, “liberal values” of NATO. Seeking to justify his position he intimated recent troubles in Ukraine and Crimea should not be a bar against Russian membership.
A labour party spokesman distanced the party from Robertson saying, his his comments were, “total fantasy”.
Rejecting the critisism Robertson said that he envisioned an expanded NATO that was just as effective, while involving countries that at the moment do not want to be part of the transatlantic organisation. He went on saying, “there’s no security in Europe, unless there’s an eventual perspective of an organisation that says, “we stand for values, stand for liberal values, and that has to include Russia”.
Adding insult to injury, Robertson was then invited in December 2013 to write an article for the, Blether Together” campaign. In it he again attacked SNP plans for NATO membership. He wrote: “I have expressed my doubts about whether Scotland could eject nuclear weapons one day and expect to be welcomed into a nuclear alliance the next.” He went on, “Nato would be very worried about accepting Scotland on the terms the SNP have laid down.”
Compelled to intervene, NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen strongly censured Robertson stating, “linking Scotland with the, “Forces of Darkness, was rather far fetched” since SCOTLAND HAS BEEN AN INTEGRAL PART OF NATO SINCE IT’s FORMATION. An embarrassed UK government completely disassociated themselves from the remarks and refuse to comment.
Following up, a spokesperson for the Scottish government said, “Lord Robertson’s remarks are deeply offensive to every Scot”. he continued, “likening an independent Scotland to the, “Forces of Darkness” was simply idiotic and spiteful, from a man long known for his opposition to Scottish independence and well documented hatred of the SNP”. “His calls for Russia to be invited to join NATO whilst appearing to suggest his own country should be blocked will puzzle some observers given Vladimir Putin’s actions in Ukraine and Scotland’s strategic location with regards the North Atlantic”.
NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen. A reminder of his quote on the wild assertion’s of daft George.
“SCOTLAND HAS BEEN AN INTEGRAL PART OF NATO SINCE IT’S FORMATION.”
NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen – Former Prime Minister of Denmark – A brief outline of the man and his country
Anders Fogh Rasmussen, former Prime Minister of Denmark, (a NON-NUCLEAR country of identical population size as Scotland) is more right wing than George Bush Jnr. He won a second term in office due to his and Denmark’s firm support, (rarely the case of European countries nowaday’s) for all that is the policy of the USA.
Mikkel Vedby Rasmussen, a political scientist at the University of Copenhagen, (not related to the prime minister) said, “. We actually trust the U.S. to do the right thing, and therefore if the U.S. president says it’s necessary to do something we support it.
A man in the street said, “Yes, it’s true, there are good feelings about America here. A lot of good things come from America.”
With their country occupied by the Nazis during World War II, threatened by the Soviet Union during the Cold War, and thriving today in a free-trading global economy, the Danes are far more keen than many continental Europeans on a close friendship with the United States.
Niels Helveg Petersen, a former foreign minister and center-left member of parliament said, “History has taught Danes that America will look out for them better than the great powers of Europe”.
Denmark even commemorates America’s Independence Day, in the northern town of Rebild on the fourth of July annually for nearly a century.
“Historically, Denmark feels very attached to American values,” said Jacob Nielsen, political editor for the Copenhagen daily Politiken. He also noted that Denmark has close ties with its former colony on the North American island of Greenland, home to an important U.S. air base. He went on, “Denmark is a small country,” and just the idea of the American president dropping by here as the only stop before he goes to the G-8 summit confirms the government’s line that their foreign policy is giving Denmark a say in international politics.”
In his role as, “NATO Secretary General” his aggressive approach to negotiations with Russia in regard to the Ulraine is a cause of concern to President Obama and other NATO members, who would prefer a more conciliatory dialogue. Hope is on the horizon however, in the form of former Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg of Norway who will lead NATO starting on 1 Oct. http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/scottish-independence-country-will-have-reapply-nato-says-general-secretary-1461856