Colombia collaborated with NATO in Afghanistan, where, since 2008, it has been sending its military personnel with experience in fighting partisans and drug trafficking. Bogota successfully supported the US global war on terrorism. The Colombian military proved it could be a shock force on any front.
The then President Alvaro Uribe saw the participation of Colombia in the war with the Taliban as an application for the role of the privileged ally of the United States in Latin America. Uribe’s cabinet defense minister was Juan Manuel Santos at the time. Washington praised his contribution to the fight against the Taliban and the FARC partisans, supported in the campaign for the presidency. Even then, it was obvious that Uribe, Santos and the entire ruling elite of the country are claiming a special relationship with NATO ...
In August 2014, the Colombian congress approved the country's cooperation agreement with NATO. The document sets out the tasks of coordinating joint actions in the fight against terrorism, drug trafficking and criminal crime. That is, the initiative of Colombian President Santos to develop closer relations with NATO, which he spoke at the beginning of 2013, began to be implemented. The "initiative" was agreed with the Pentagon and NATO members. Within a matter of months, NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow and Colombian Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzón signed the document On Information Security: the elaboration of specific plans for strategic engagement should be carried out in absolute secrecy.
Without exception, all governments in the region responded very negatively to the controversial (reassuring) statements by President Santos and Minister Pinz ин non concerning NATO membership. The leader of Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega, condemned Bogota’s plans as “a blow with a dagger in the heart of the peoples of the continent, since NATO is known only for bombing, killing and destroying.” Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro described the Colombian-NATO rapprochement as an ill-conceived step: "In this world, fools who reptiles before empires are not respected." (By the way, very precise wording, if you attach it to the current head of Ukraine Poroshenko). According to the president of Bolivia, Evo Morales, “the actions of Colombia are aggression, provocation, conspiracy against anti-imperialist governments”.
In Brazil, Bogota’s explanations of the reasons for rapprochement with NATO were received with suspicion. Colombia in recent decades has been used by Washington not only to undermine the integration processes in the region, to combat the “populist” regimes in Venezuela, Ecuador and Nicaragua, but also for the geostrategic counteraction of Brazil with its inexorably growing international influence. Currently, Colombia due to the implementation of the plans "Colombia" and "Patriot", for which the United States allocated billions of dollars, is catching up with Brazil in terms of military power and, no doubt, will use the potential of NATO to achieve supremacy.
Nevertheless, Bogota can not ignore the negative reaction of Latin Americans to the carefully masked US maneuvers to turn Colombia into a NATO foothold. Hence the “corrective” declarations of the Minister of Defense Pinz n: “Colombia cannot be a member of NATO, but we will take steps to become one of the partners of the alliance. There are countries that are becoming partners in cooperation, and this is the option that Colombia aspires to. ”
Apparently, at the first stage, the leaders of Colombia claim to be an "associated membership" in the alliance. Such examples in the newest stories Latin America is. Thus, during the presidency of Menem, Argentina had such a membership, although neither NATO nor Argentina did not accept any mutual obligations for military cooperation.
Minister Pinzón is trying to reassure Colombia’s geographical neighbors: the presence of NATO troops on Colombian territory in the framework of cooperation with the alliance has been ruled out. Such declarations are also made by high-ranking officials of NATO and the Pentagon. But there is no confidence in them. If the highest interests of the United States require that NATO's statutory provisions be disregarded, then, without any doubt, this will be done without hesitation. The unique strategic position of Colombia in the Western Hemisphere, the traditions of military-political cooperation of the Colombian elite with the empire, the fight against guerrilla groups and drug cartels largely determine the dominance of pro-NATO agents in the power and oligarchic structures of Colombia.
Their logic is obvious: the world is changing rapidly, it is difficult to predict the dynamics and nature of the confrontation between the centers of power even in the near future. Since Colombia’s stake on the United States has always been justified in the past, cooperation with Washington is necessary to preserve and strengthen oligarchic control over the country. According to Bogota, this factor will provide Colombia with an advantage in rivalry with Brazil (a member of the BRICS), which, according to Colombian estimates, plays a decisive role in almost all integration processes in the region. Even the countries of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Latin America (ALBA), which build up their strategy, take into account Brazil’s approaches to the problems of the political-economic, social and military-strategic transformation of the Latin American and Caribbean regions.
At the State Department, the Pentagon and the CIA are confident in the prospects of using Colombia to solve acute problems in Latin America: “This is a deep reflection of Colombia’s increased capabilities and desire to act globally as an ally. Bogota is an active and influential member of many international organizations, which could well include NATO. ”
The “global responsibility” program, endorsed at the Atlantic Alliance Summit in Chicago in 2012, shows that NATO has become close to its former geographic boundaries. The President of Colombia, loudly claiming his country's admission to NATO, actually voiced one of the options for expanding “responsibility”, outlined by NATO planners through Colombia as part of “associate membership.” This formula at the present stage of the NATO introduction to the continent is no more than a cover. Latin Americans are taught to inevitable. Sooner or later, but Colombia will receive the status of a full member of the alliance.
But what about the South American Defense Council (CDS), which includes 12 states, including Colombia? What obligations will Bogota take for itself? Among the promising tasks of the CDS is the consolidation of South America as a zone of peace, the base of democratic stability, and the all-round progress of the peoples inhabiting it. Formed a common South American position on defense. The CDS discusses the immediate tasks of cooperation on the subject of the military budget, the acquisition of armaments, the operational (peaceful) resolution of internal conflicts, and measures are agreed upon to jointly ensure external security. Until recently, the CDS member countries rejected the possibility of using "NATO developments" in the process of creating the South American defense doctrine. Will Colombia be able to act within the framework of South American solidarity, while not abandoning the strategic attitude to join NATO?
There are other problematic issues. On the territory of Colombia, there is an extensive structure of US military bases that formally provide for the fight against drug trafficking and guerrilla groups, but are actually “charged” to neutralize the “unfriendly” regimes in Venezuela, Ecuador, Nicaragua, and Cuba. According to experts, now the main goal of the Pentagon and the American special services is Venezuela, against which multi-vector subversive work is being conducted. The greatest damage is caused by trade and economic war, coordinated by US agents, from the territory of Colombia.
The operations of Venezuelan security forces to curb billions of dollars worth of smuggling - the massive export of food, fuel and lubricants, medicines and other scarce goods from the country - lead to an armed confrontation of Venezuelan law enforcement forces with Colombian paramilitares, who control well-established smuggling business and operate in most cases under operational cover of the military and police of Colombia. The paramilitares accomplices among the Venezuelan security officials were also revealed. The confrontation unfolds over the entire border of more than two thousand kilometers. Shots are heard, there are victims, and taking into account the enormous financial losses that paramilitares incur, the heads of drug cartels and corrupt security forces, the situation in the border states is becoming more and more explosive.
The radical opposition of Venezuela, as if on cue, is trying to renew street protests. Pans and pans were again pounded - caserolazo, as in the most difficult times of the reign of Hugo Chávez. In Colombia - incrementally - from the very tops, criticism of the actions of the Maduro government to curb smuggling, including overlapping borders, began to sound. Evidence of activating US and CIA intelligence officers in the conflict zone appeared. According to experts, the Americans have begun to implement a comprehensive scenario of provoking armed clashes on the Colombian-Venezuelan border. The ultimate goal of the operation (how many were there in the past!) Is the overthrow of President Maduro, the restoration of "traditional democracy" in Venezuela, the reduction of the Russian and Chinese presence in this country.
Colombia - the springboard of NATO and the US intelligence
- Neil NIKANDROV
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