Our thanks to RT for the above-linked video. Europe is now commemorating this tragic event that took 13,500 European lives. Why any European nation wants to remain a member of NATO is beyond me.
Vince Dhimos answered a question at the German language sector of Quora. The following is a translation of the question and the answer.
IS OUR IMPORTANT TRANSATLANTIC FRIENDSHIP WITH THE US BREAKING APART?
Trump is a business man who has declared bankruptcy 6 times. However, he has never lost his own money. He loses the money of his investors. He is able to do this because he is very good at defending himself and his disasters. He is a con man and is very skilled at convincing people that they can earn a lot of money by investing in his businesses. Since this con man is now the president of the US, he is therefore the most dangerous man on the planet.
The damage that he is doing is mostly economic but is also destroying alliances and friendships everywhere. So far Deutsche Bank has said that his trade wars have cost the stock markets $5 billion and have destroyed the business of soybean and pig farmers. Merkel is furious at him because he insists that she pay 2% of the German GDP to NATO even though she sees that alliance as a kind of dictatorship that allows the US to make important decisions for Europe that it increasingly disagrees with, particularly regard to Russia, which she does not see as the dangerous enemy that it is portrayed as by NATO. In fact, she sees it as an important trading partner and Trump is threatening to slap sanctions on Germany for buying Russian gas.
Trump also objects to Europe’s buying Chinese airliners and selling Airbus, in an effort to force Europe into buying Boeing aircraft. He falsely frames this and the gas sales as a matter of security. He accuses Airbus of receiving government subsidies, but in fact, he hypocritically subsidizes US farm products left and right and has given shale oil producers huge tax breaks, even tax credits, which, of course, amount to subsidies.
Apparently Trump does not understand the importance of two-way trade and believes that, thanks to the power of the US presidency, he can force other countries to accept agreements that are beneficial to the US but deleterious to them. He fails to understand that a trade deal that is bad for a partner is also bad for the US. He also fails to understand how angry the rest of the world is at his shenanigans to sell American goods through unfair means.
Economists warned that trade wars would not be beneficial. The world has seen that Trump is sadly mistaken. But he continues to blunder into more trade wars, this time with Mexico.
The only benefit that may emerge from this utter foolishness is the possible breakup of NATO, which is totally controlled by the US. The Europeans have no real power even though the heads of the alliance are often Europeans. These leaders are completely controlled by the US and are convinced that Russia is a dangerous enemy. However, the only thing that Russia wants is mutually beneficial trade with Europe and other regions. It has absolutely no intention of attacking Europe. The problem in Ukraine is not related to any Russian "ambition" or "aggressiveness." The US instigated and promoted the Maidan coup d'état via the State Department (by sending assistant secretary of State Victoria Nuland to the Maidan--she proudly admitted that the US spent $5 billion on this illegal and violent coup), the NGO USAID, a Soros foundation and possibly other agencies. The shooting at Maidan was done not by the Kiev police but by men who were given guns by unknown persons (as reported by the BBC: https://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-31359021).
Merkel and Macron have discussed the possibility of a European security force that would cooperate with NATO but would be independent. There is no question that Europe must eventually separate from NATO, which has already indiscriminately murdered 13,500 Europeans in Serbia. This invasion was planned not by Europeans but by Clinton. It is no exaggeration to say that America is indeed the Fourth Reich! Indeed, the military leadership of Ukraine, which is supported by the US, is sympathetic to the Nazis and there are marches in Ukraine in which the participants wear arm bands and insignias and carry flags that proudly show their sympathy with the ultra-right and fascism. For example, they hold marches to commemorate the fascist Stepan Bandera.
I have shown at Quora that NATO is a dangerous alliance that can only harm Europe.