“You may not be interested in war, but war is interested in you.” We don’t know who to attribute this maxim to, but there’s a disconcerting reality to it. I’m talking about the deafening and increasingly affluent silence on the condition of global crises that through war shows its true face, internationally and domestically.
Before our eyes, beyond the wavering announcements, as theatrical as they are derogatory, ultimately the choice of the new right-wing U.S. President Donald Trump is to consider the Atlantic alliance as an “unshakable” bulwark.
On Sunday he sent Vice President Mike Pence to Europe where he reassured the American commitment to NATO, the alliance that incorporates all the countries of the former Warsaw Pact and has drawn them for decades into all the devastating wars that the West has waged not only in the Middle East, but which extends to the border with Russia in troops, weapon systems, and missile shields that block nuclear warheads.
And before that the new head of the Pentagon, James Mattis, not only reaffirmed America’s “unwavering friendship” but asked — well received by the Allies — for an increase in defense spending by 2 percent of GDP on the part of the European members of NATO.