The Workers Party has condemned the presence of a flotilla NATO warships in Belfast this weekend as ‘a blatant propaganda stunt to normalise the ugly face of war’.
The force includes vessels from the navies of Latvia, Estonia, Germany, Norway, Belgium and the Netherlands.
NATO is an aggressive military alliance representing the extension of US military power and acting exclusively in the interests of imperialism. The history of NATO cannot be separated from the history of foreign interference in the affairs of other nations and war. NATO promotes the militarisation of Europe, the continuation of the arms race and increases the threat of war and nuclear terror.
It urges all member states to increase military spending to at least 2% of GDP at a time when those states should be spending money on hospital, education and the welfare of their people.
NATO’s wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Libya have left hundreds of thousands dead and injured; destroyed these countries’ infrastructure and worsened the lives of millions of ordinary working people. Millions of people have been forced to become refugees and flee their homes in search of a safe place for them and their families to live.
The presence of such a force in Belfast is a matter for shame. No to war and aggression! No to NATO!