NATO Decides Whom To Kill
March 8, 2012 • 8:52AM

Monu Nalapat, Director of the School of Geopolitics at the Manipal Academy of Higher Education, India, in an op-ed in the China Daily on March 7, said: "...everything done by NATO indicates that it has set itself up not only as the enforcer of international law, but also the law itself."

Citing the reckless killing by the NATO forces of unarmed civilians in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya, Nalapat said the impunity with which they have killed has resulted in a sense among its personnel that they are "superior" to the people of these countries, all three of which are outside the charmed circle of those countries NATO considers "civilized." A large number of Iraqi, Afghan, and Libyan civilians have lost not just their limbs but also their lives, but the diaries and recollections of hundreds of soldiers, especially those of the US, but also those of other NATO countries, do not show any remorse, but only detail the "mistakes" made by NATO forces. All too often the accidental deaths of women and children furnish substantial evidence of war crimes and human rights violations, Nalapat added.

He said that so far there has been no serious effort to hold accountable those responsible for deaths of innocent civilians. In addition, since the Libyan operation, civilians also face a further threat, as a dangerous new policy has emerged, that of giving weapons to those disaffected with the government of a country that is a NATO target. In Libya, large numbers of civilians have been killed not only by the NATO bombardment but also by insurgents armed and funded by NATO. Indeed, to this day, people are being hunted down, tortured, arrested, and killed in Libya in their hundreds, with no protest from Washington, London, Berlin, or Paris.

"In Syria as well, armed gangs are being encouraged to kill not just security forces but elements of the population that favor the recognized regime in Damascus. Such a policy has the potential to wreak havoc throughout the Middle East. And while NATO may gain," Nalapat concluded.