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17.06.2008

NATO: The Price for Defense

Die Linke and NATO by: Jonathan Hessling, IUF

In a world that is ever changing and in a time where providing for your nation is tantamount to the survival of your people and society, we need to have a better understanding of the governmental regimes that are at play in our world. From dictatorships to monarchies, democracies to socialist regimes, countries around the world are creating a future for themselves in which government has an important role and place in their society. Some societies feel that government should be the "be all and end all" of their world and provide for it, everything they need to live the best life possible. Others believe that the people should decide how they live their lives and that government should be there to provide stabilization and a governing force to protect their basic needs and tenants. Then there are those nations that fall somewhere in the middle. Which nation you are and how you see the world greatly depends on the history of your people, the culture you live in, and the drive each person has in their quest to live their lives. Which set of conditions do you fall under? Can you identify how your government treats you and if this is a good or bad thing? How do you view government and what role should it have in your life? These are questions that a person should ask themselves to better understand the government under which they live and if they should do anything to make a change in the governing force that surrounds them.  

 

Die Linke, is a socialist German political party that believes in full government participation in the lives of individual citizens. They, in some parts, see themselves as the former SED. In essence, this political party believes that the State is more and better equipped to provide for the people than the people themselves. Even in Germany, a democracy, there is a push for a more centralized and socialized government. People know of Venezuela, Cuba, China, etc and how the extent to which the government controls and has an enormous amount of say in the daily lives of its citizens. A video that allows you a glimpse into the inner workings of Die Linke is attached to the full article which can be viewed on the IUF English Blog. One of the most interesting parts of the video introduces us to their role models for a good government and ruling political party. These role models include, The Worker's Party of Brazil, the Unity Party or the National Liberation of Indonesia, and the Communist Party of Cuba. If these are their role models, how can any person in a free society support them? How can a political party that is bent on government controlling every aspect of an individuals life gain in ground in a place that is supposed to be "democratic?"  

 

Why do we turn a blind eye to what is happening right in front of us? Why do we insist on complaining about what is taking place in our world or in our government but never doing anything about it? We see evidence in the news from around the world about governments taking control of peoples lives in an effort to make them better. The interesting thing is, for a people that strive to achieve liberty and individual freedoms, we never question or fight those governmental changes in the world. Hugo Chavez, Die Linke, and many others strive to take more and more freedoms from their nations people telling them and the world that they are protecting them and giving them all that they need. Political parties similar to the Die Linke see organizations like NATO as a threat because they are international organizations that they are unable to control. The Die Linke discusses the issue of NATO involvement on the European continent on their website. They discuss why they think that NATO has stepped outside of their charter and why they think that Europe as a whole should back out of the regional defensive agreement and move "away from violence." Issues like this, however straight forward they seem on paper, always have an underlying story that most organizations like the Die Linke do not discuss. Several issues are raised when thinking about a European withdrawal from NATO. What are the consequences concerning their economical and national physical security? What does this do to the relations between Europe and the United States? These are questions that they have to answer to give a plausible argument for withdrawal from such an important alliance among nations. Thus, a deeper understanding and a more conscience debate on the issues is necessary to understand these political parties and what their true intentions seem to be for their given nation.  

 

Link:

The following link is to the full article located in the IUF English Blog:  

 

http://iufberlinen.wordpress.com/2008/06/13/nato-the-price-for-defense/  

 

This article also includes a video that gives you a glimpse into the core character and beliefs of the Die Linke in Germany. This video has been subtitled for the English speaking audience.  

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