The NATO states need to change their business model

by Karl Müller

km. Wikipedia states: “The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) is an international organization based in Beijing, China. It was founded in 2001 and emerged from the Shanghai Five founded in 1996. It includes the People’s Republic of China, Russia, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, India and Pakistan. [Observer status is granted to Mongolia, Iran, Afghanistan and Belarus.] The SCO deals with the cooperation in terms of security policy of the member states, as well as economic and trade issues and stability in the region. Currently, the SCO represents about 40% of the world’s population, making it the largest regional organization in the world”.
Regular meetings take place between government representatives of the member states, the states with observer status and representatives of other interested states and associations of states to make important decisions, such as during the meeting of the SCO states foreign ministers on 24 April 2018 (see text p. 9). It is noteworthy that this meeting of the “world’s largest regional organization” and the decisions of these states, whose population is “40% of the world’s population”, are not an issue in our media. For example, if the search words “SCO” (which is the common abbreviation used also in German-speaking countries) and “foreign minister” are entered in Google News, hardly any German-speaking media results are obtained. The only exceptions are German-language websites from China or Russia.
It is a shame, that our media does not fulfil their obligation to report.
However, there is information newsworthy to report: The “world’s largest regional organization” is committed to a multipolar world, condemns all destructive unilateral actions – especially sanctions – calls multilateral steps to solve the problems of the world, is committed to the United Nations Charter and international law and the role of the Security Council for peace, stability and security.
The SCO is working to find solutions to the serious problems in Afghanistan.
It demands that the Syrian people alone have to decide on the future of Syria, that the country should be guaranteed sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity, and supports all serious peace efforts for the country, initiated by the UN or by Russia, Iran or Turkey. The US, British and French attack on Syria in mid-April, which is a violation of international law, is viewed with great concern.
The nuclear agreement with Iran is supported, and all signatory states are invited to fully comply with the treaty agreements.
Also, for the Ukraine a political solution based on the full implementation of the February 2015 Minsk Agreement is demanded.
There are reasons why our media do not report all this. It is assumed that those responsible know very well that many of today’s world problems could be solved, if also the states of the West, especially the NATO states, could adopt decisions such as those of the SCO foreign ministers. But that does not fit into the “business model” of the NATO states at the moment. Their business model relies on conflict and confrontation. The profiteers are few.
The terrible consequences of such a policy are not taken into account. Also ignored is the fact that the NATO states are becoming more and more isolated in the world. What the SCO foreign ministers have decided is very likely what most foreign ministers of the world would decide. The NATO states which call themselves the “world community” are actually standing alone in the world. That others still conform to NATO nonetheless, has little to do with ideals and convictions. A black mark against a world that once formulated the UN Charter based on natural law as well as universal human rights.
On 1 May 2018, the rt deutsch website published excerpts from an interview with the Russian political advisor Sergey Karaganov (https://deutsch.rt.com/international/69231-kreml-berater-karaganow-im-rt-gespraech-kein-westsystem-in-10-jahren). It is worthwhile to read the whole text. Here only very short quotes are reproduced. Karaganov said: “What we are seeing now is the desperate reaction of a West losing its historic positions. [...] You have to know that the ship will not sink, of course. It has several leaks and it needs to correct its course strongly. That’s one thing. In addition, there are now even more ships around it, and they will no longer drive in the wake of this huge ship.”
And when asked about the role of his country, which is a member of the SCO, he said: “We rely on sovereignty, on the free and independent choice of each country and each people in favour of their own path. And we will defend that. We stopped the export of democracy, which in most cases led to tragedies. Look at the Middle East, Ukraine, which has become the poorest country in Europe and will continue to collapse for a very long time. One can cite many examples. We stand for the rule of international law, although there have been cases when we hurt it a bit, but we stand to it. [...] Furthermore, we rely on common human values, namely on the family, on the trust in God, which only someone can fulfil, if he serves the family, the society, the state, God. These are the values that 90 per cent of the world’s population share. And against this background, the denial of everything I’ve just told you looks weaker and weaker. That’s why the West loses [...] and loses all the way.”
This is what a Russian said. But would it nonetheless make sense to think about it?
And sensible to appeal to the governments of the NATO states: It is high time to correct the previous business model! The majority in the world will no longer bow to pressure, blackmail and violence. Rightly so. If the West does not change course, the alternative will be a worldwide catastrophe. There will be no winners.     •