Vince Dhimos answered a question on Quora in French.
Why does the US continue to provide support to Europe when it [Europe] does not pay its fair share of NATO, causing added expense to the US?
It is hard to believe that any European today, after witnessing the wanton slaughter of thousands of people in Serbia, would still think that NATO is “supporting Europe.”
The war that NATO waged on Serbia killed over 13,000 Europeans. After the war, around 200,000 Serbs, Romani and other non-Albanians fled Kosovo and many of the remaining civilians were victims of abuse (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kosovo_War). Remember that Kosovo was the cradle of Serbian Orthodox Christianity. Today almost every church and Christian cemetery in Kosovo has been either destroyed or desecrated.
The few Serbs who remain in their homes are afraid to go out to the street in areas dominated by Albanians.
Saudi Arabia has built Wahhabist mosques and imported imams who teach violence and hate toward any non-Wahhabist. Kosovo is the region that has exported more jihaidsts per capita to Syria than any other European country. We can thank NATO for this situation.
Just before the war, the Western media disseminated the narrative that the Serbs were committing genocide or ethnic cleansing. The fact is, the Albanian Muslims in Kosovo were committing atrocities and the Serbian authorities were trying to curb this violence. The US and NATO cynically spun this self-defence effort of the Serbs as human rights abuses because they wanted war with Serbia and needed an excuse. After the war, the chief prosecutor of the UN criminal court, Carla del Ponte, led an investigation into the accusations of atrocities in Kosovo and found:
1) that the Serbs had not committed genocide (as NATO and the US had asserted as a pretext for the war)
2) that the Muslim Kosovars had committed atrocities and were, for example, murdering Serbs and selling their body parts.
NATO is a creation of the US originally intended to protect Europe and the US from the Soviet Union. According to newly declassified documents, during negotiations with Russia, Secretary of State James Baker promised Gorbachev that NATO would never be extended close to the Russian border (https://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/newly-declassified-documents-gorbachev-told-nato-wouldnt-23629).
The US broke this promise and NATO now poses a very real threat to Russia. NATO holds military drills practically at the Russian border, with thousands of troops, while the US and NATO send surveillance aircraft to the Russian border, which the Russians interpret as part of a plan to invade Russia. Kay Bailey Hutchinson, the US ambassador to NATO, said last year at a NATO meeting that “we should take out Russian missiles” that the US insists – without evidence – violate the INF Treaty (https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/02/world/europe/russia-missiles-nato-hutchison.html). If NATO had done this, the world would have been plunged into war. Russia is not a threat to Europe. The Kosovo War proved that the only military threat to Russia is the US-led NATO.
NATO has placed missile bases in Poland and Romania, with missiles aimed at Russia. As President Putin pointed out, this obliges Russia to target these bases to defend itself, thus endangering these countries. The only countries that have invaded European countries so far are European aggressor countries – France, Germany, Italy and NATO (in Kosovo). On the other hand, Russia has never invaded a Western European country. And yet, Western Europe and the US insist that Russia is the aggressor. How ironic! A Western European country caused 27 million deaths in Russia in WW II and another Western European nation invaded Russia in 1812, killing 289,000 Russians, and now Europe has the gall to call the Russian Federation – a nation that never invaded them – an aggressor.
NATO is helping the US convert Europe into a quasi-colony. European countries that refuse to obey orders of the US president or Congress are punished with sanctions or tariffs or threatened.
The US has threatened Europe with sanctions in the event it allows the Nord Stream 2 Russian pipeline project to be completed. Under pressure from the US, which wanted to sell its extravagantly expensive LNG, the foolish European parliament then issued a resolution to stop all work on the project even though it was ¾ finished (they later were forced to relent). The excuse it gave was that the pipeline would give Russia a means of pressuring the EU. It was nonsense! The US was the only country pressuring Europe and it was hurting the European economy. The Russia sanctions, imposed by Europe under pressure from the US, cost Europe $30 billion!
The only sensible move for Europe is to leave NATO and to make NATO leave Europe.