Published on: Nov 16, 2018 @ 11:40 – The United States is slowly but surely losing control over Europe’s military and economic future. Moreover, the NATO alliance – which lost its stated, founding purpose when the USSR collapsed and the Warsaw Pact along with it – is also losing steam. Historically, the U.S financed NATO and in other ways subsidized the military potential of Western European states on the foundation of anti-communism and Trans-Atlantic cooperation – but the capacity to finance NATO was in turn based upon the domination of the European economy by New York and London based capital firms.
Thus, in the final analysis, it is not entirely accurate to say that the U.S subsidized Europe’s collective militaries, but more so that the U.S extracted capital from Europe, in turn made possible from Europe and the U.S relation to the so-called ‘third world’, and a portion of it was then put back into Europe’s ‘defense’. But more than aiding Europe’s various national armies, the U.S placed hundreds of bases and military installations throughout Western Europe, manned by American soldiers, in what critics have increasingly called an occupation. WWII ended more than 70 years ago, the Cold War ended nearly 30 years ago, yet the United States still militarily dominates Western Europe. But things are now changing, and changing quickly.
But what does the recent authorization to enter the port of Ceuta, located in front of the Strait of Gibraltar, given by the Spanish authorities to ships of the Russian Navy mean?
In the opinion of British analyst and consultant Nile Gardiner, Spain stuck a knife in the back of the NATO when allowing the passage through Ceuta of three ships of the Russian Navy: a cruiser antimissile, a tugboat and an oil tanker. His colleague and compatriot Luke Coffey, for his part, described Madrid’s performance as “extreme irresponsibility”.
The rhetoric of the British contrasts sharply with that of Spain. “The Russian fleet returns to Ceuta three years later,” wrote the newspaper El Pais, in a very neutral tone, noting that the passage comes “only three days after” the visit of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to the Spanish capital.
In fact, the edition, although its editorial line is always very hard on the Kremlin, makes it clear that the absence of Russian ships in Ceuta since 2016, as a result of pressure from the Atlantic Alliance, represented significant losses for the Iberian country. The question is that between 2010 and 2016 this North African city of Spain received sixty scales of Russian military ships, involving more than 10,000 crew members who left in the place some 4.5 million euros, according to with the data of the Port Authority of Ceuta.
The local press also does not even try to stifle their joy at the news, ensuring that the arrival of this type of ships usually brings even more benefits than cruise ships “with thousands of passengers on board.”
The president of the Spanish Diplomatic Academy, Santiago Velo de Antelo, said that the return of the Russian navy to Ceuta is a return “to normalcy that broke in 2016.”
Commenting on the reason for British anger, Antelo, who is also director of the magazine Diplomacy Twenty-first Century, did not rule out that it has to do with London’s desire to have total control of the Strait of Gibraltar, possibly “the most important strait in the world.”
The Spanish economist and lawyer Guillermo Rocafort, in turn, was convinced that “the British are very outraged as they are accustomed to treating Spain as a vassal nation.”
“They are worried that Spain will adopt a neutral or even friendly stance towards a country as important as Russia,” he said.
He spoke at the same time of the “hypocrisy” of the United Kingdom, which “usurped” the Rock of Gibraltar from Spain and did not even consult anyone in repairing “broken nuclear submarines” there.
“Spain is sending an unequivocal message not only to the UK and the US, but to the whole world in general, that it is a sovereign nation and only makes the decisions that suit its interests,” he said.
In summary, he also noted that in Spain the voices are growing, among them of such “relevant” people as Colonel Pedro Baños, who want good ties with Russia and defend the “consolidation of friendship” between the two countries in the economic, humanitarian or military areas, rather than “being involved in a confrontation for the imposition of foreign nations.”
Secretary General of NATO Jens Stoltenberg has expressed what can only be termed confusion and outrage at the Spanish move to break ranks with NATO.
Spain has accomplished three important things, with one move: they have asserted that Gibraltar is theirs, and not England’s. They have asserted that they have a military policy independent of NATO, which is huge. And third, they have shown that they want good relations with Russia, and will not be party to any increase in military tensions which places Spain at odds with Russia in the name of Trans-Atlantic interests, chiefly American.