Stoltenberg Writes in Financial Times ‘We Have To Suffer for Democracy’
Sept. 8, 2022 (EIRNS)—NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg placed an op-ed in the Financial Times yesterday, headlined, “NATO Will Pay a Price, But We Must Stay the Course in Ukraine.” He wrote that populations of NATO member countries accept that they must suffer to “defend democracy” in Ukraine. “The war in Ukraine is entering a critical phase. Winter is coming and it will be hard. Hard for the Ukrainian people and armed forces who are fighting for their freedom, and hard for those of us who support them,” he wrote at the outset.
“Our unity and solidarity will be seriously tested, as families and businesses feel the crunch of soaring energy prices and costs of living caused by Russia’s brutal invasion. We face a difficult six months, with the threat of energy cuts, disruptions and perhaps even civil unrest. But we must stay the course and stand up to tyranny—for Ukraine’s sake and for ours.”
If the populations of NATO countries don’t pay in dollars, euros, and pounds what the Ukrainians are paying for with their lives, “all of us will pay a much higher price if Russia and other authoritarian regimes believe they can invade their neighbors and trample on international law with impunity,” Stoltenberg claimed. “If Russia stops fighting, there will be peace. If Ukraine stops fighting, it will cease to exist as an independent nation. We have a moral responsibility to support this independent democracy at the heart of Europe.”
What if NATO had stopped moving East six times since 1991?