– If the US leaves NATO, it is good for world peace


If Trump meant what he said in 2020, there is reason to wish him another four years in the White House.

“Nato is dead, and we will leave Nato”, Donald Trump is said to have said in 2020. If that happens, diplomacy and compromise will again be on the agenda, the submitter believes. Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP
  • George Chabert

    Professor, NTNU

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“You must understand that if Europe is attacked, we will never come and help and support you”, Donald Trump is said to have told European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in 2020. “By the way, NATO is dead, and we will leave NATO, we will quit NATO,” added Trump.

The commentator in Dagens Næringsliv called the very healthy and reasonable warning “Trump’s sick warning” (DN 10 January). He believed – rightly – that “Brussels is quite horrified at the thought that Trump may return as president of the United States”.

But the reality is that if Donald Trump were to sincerely mean what he said in 2020, that would be the biggest reason of all to wish another four years with Trump in the White House.

Russia feels threatened by a military alliance that is growing and growing, writes historian George Chabert.
Russia feels threatened by a military alliance that is growing and growing, writes historian George Chabert. Photo: Private

Humanity has been the most successful animal species in history. The reason is that we don’t bet everything on violence, unlike the vast majority of animals. Humanity, altruism, generosity, willingness to sacrifice – these are not only moral virtues, but primarily successful survival strategies.

A lion can dominate the pack to his advantage, but if disease or old age weakens him, the lion’s survival is at stake. In a social order where power is decisive, only a minority can flourish and reproduce.

Humans have developed all kinds of strategies to avoid violence, such as international laws, governing bodies, courts and diplomacy. But we have not written off the use of violence, and in times of crisis violence is a temptation.

Europe has calmed down after the carnage of the Second World War, which claimed the lives of around eighty million people. 80,000,000! Moreover, there was also the danger that a new world war would mean the end of humanity. The Soviet “Tsar Bomba”, tested in 1961, was 1,570 times more powerful than the two bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki combined.

The collapse of the Soviet Union in the 1990s and the seemingly limitless US military power has caused Europeans to throw off all inhibitions. Microscopic countries like the Baltic states do everything to provoke their powerful neighbor, like little boys do when they feel protected by big brother. Militarily insignificant countries such as Norway, Sweden and Finland are happy to sacrifice the lives of millions in a war that will most likely turn into a nuclear war.

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Feeling threatened by a growing military alliance, Russia has changed its nuclear strategy. Now the country can resort to nuclear weapons if Russia’s survival is at stake. And that will be the case if NATO attacks Russia.

The opposite, i.e. that Russia, with only 140 million inhabitants, should think of invading Europe with its around 500 million inhabitants, is simply absurd: For two years, Russia has been at war against Ukraine with barely 40 million people. Should they now start a war against thirty countries with a total of five hundred million people?

As long as those in power in Europe is convinced that they can rely on the United States, war against Russia is a clear possibility. On the other hand, if the European leaders are clearly informed by the American president that if they provoke or start a war, as they did in 1914 and in 1939, “we will never come to your aid and support,” we can be sure that this rhetoric of war with which we are peppered today will stop immediately. Diplomacy and compromise will once again be on the agenda.

That is why Donald Trump is today the best card for peace in Europe.


Published: February 3, 2024 5:25 pm

The article is in Norwegian

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