NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen answers questions from the press before the beginning of NATO Ministers of Foreign Affairs Meetings in Brussels.
(7 December 2011)
Afghanistan, Kosovo, Russia, missile defence . . . Fogh Rasmussen talks and talks, but what does it mean??? It seems somewhat ironic to hear him use some of his talking points to dissuade Russia from stepping up its defensive posture against U.S. and NATO plans to build a hugely expensive system “to protect our populations against a real missile threat”. It also seems unclear which “real missile threat” he is referring to, as Iran’s nuclear weapons’ system is suspected but as yet unproven, while Tehran’s existing missiles are clearly not capable of carrying any kind of warhead to faraway places, while North Korea (DRNK) possesses a nuclear capability that is real yet not oftentimes discussed. The NATO Secretary General also warned Russia not to build up any kind of missile shield counterweight, calling it a “waste of valuable money”, as if the building of the NATO missile defence system was a sound and secure investment, sure to yield profits. In reality, the only party set to profit from NATO’s plans would be the much-vaunted Military-Industrial Complex (also known as Mic), yet the Dane instead warns the Russians not to agitate against an “artificial enemy that does not exist”. Rogue states, wielding nuclear sticks, and international terrorist organisations, disposing of SPECTRE-like assets, on the other hand, are much more realistic properties to frighten the global population, Rasmussen seems to insinuate . . . Still, the indications are that a New Cold War is well and truly underway now, Russia, China, and Iran appear determined to oppose the will of the West, in spite of the West’s insistence that “real missile threat” is being neutralised by means of the expensive and unproven missile defence shield.
Turkey, the new pseudo-Ottoman player in the Middle East, is an important part of the projected shield, supposedly not aimed at Russia or Iran. As reported by the AA news agency, Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ahmet ‘Davutoglu held a press conference in Brussels after attending the meeting of NATO foreign ministers. The latest developments in Balkans, Afghanistan and other issues were discussed in the NATO meeting, he said’. The wily Turk also held meetings with Hillary Clinton and his Portuguese counterpart Paulo Portas: ‘Davutoglu said Balkans, xenophobia, EU, elections in Egypt and the latest situation in Syria were discussed in his meeting with U.S. Secretary of State’. And here is a clip showing the NATO Secretary General holding a press conference following the North Altantic Council meeting in Foreign Ministers session.
(8 December 2011)
 Cfr. “Military Industrial Complex (Snarkipedia #1)”, http://sitanbul.wordpress.com/2011/01/22/snarkipedia-no-cure-for-that/.
 C. Erimtan, “The Arab Awakening and the never-ending Cold War” Hürriyet Daily News (22 June 2011). http://t.co/mdyly4E, C. Erimtan, The New Cold War: Missile Shield Competition” IRCNL (15 October 2011). http://tiny.cc/2gkny.
 “Turkish FM Says Progress in Solution of Regional Issues” AA (08 December 2011). http://www.turkishweekly.net/news/127600/turkish-fm-says-progress-in-solution-of-regional-issues.html.
 “Turkish FM Says Progress in Solution of Regional Issues”.