MaltaToday, 09 April 2008 | LETTERS


LETTERS | Wednesday, 09 April 2008

On NATO expansionism

Through its Bucharest summit, NATO not only decided on Malta’s application to join the Partnership for Peace (PfP) programme, but was also aiming to expand its membership by two other countries, namely Ukraine and Georgia. This would have resulted in NATO’s expansion in terms of military and defensive control in the European continent.
NATO cannot claim neutrality in its agenda. When NATO undertakes military actions, often these are legitimised as ‘peacekeeping’ or ‘peace enforcement’, as if it were a neutral referee. In reality, NATO actions take place to enforce NATO ideology, which, in general, acts in imperialist interests such as those of the USA. Ultimately, through NATO action, more territory falls under its area of influence.
One recent example of this is the political crisis in Kosovo.
Zminijietna – Voice of the Left believes that instead of having a stronger imperialist structure like NATO, there should be a reformed United Nations. This would be able to take on the missions that are necessary, so that it can respond early and proactively to prevent genocide, for example, should be a global policy priority. Within this context, Malta and the European Union should emphasise the values of peace, equality, social justice and ecological sustainability.
As a small neutral state in the heart of the Mediterranean, Malta has much to offer for world peace. This shall be seriously undermined through PfP membership.

David Pisani
Zminijietna – Voice of the Left

Another protector of the guilty

How does one define a character who dismisses with impunity solid hard evidence as mudslinging?
How would a judge react to an accused who is guilty as hell and who persistently screams out to the court that he is being mud-slung? These my friends are not hypothetical examples collected from some particular mental institution. This is happening in a miserable country where the guilty are very often protected and subsequently elected to serve in its highest institution.
And what in the world may we ask is this place? My friends, this is a bizarre place where just a trifle less than half its population appear to be ignorant of the facts and worse still, oblivious of the consequences and where a certain protector of the guilty in the footsteps of his predecessor, has recently been reappointed to continue running the show.

Vladimir Cini

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