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Published:January 29th, 2010 11:33 EST

Of course, I am against NATO! But what is NATO?

By Ann Poludenko

The most important thing was that we tried to have a targeted approach - to attack where the side had its secrets, in the centers in Bonn where the major government institutions and the Chancellor were - you will know we were not quite unsuccessful there - and in NATO and NATO countries. "     Markus Wolf

Ridiculous, but things like that happen in Ukraine very often. Older people form their points of view based on information they were given while living under soviet rule in the former USSR.  However, to put it mildly that was a little " one-sided.

Yes, NATO was formed as a counterbalance for the USSR`s policy of expansion. Having fulfilled the agreement for shortening defensive structures, European countries became afraid of the ideological goals that were proclaimed by the Communist party of the Soviet Union. The greater fear appeared when the soviet`s none democratic forms of ruling as well as the gross neglect of basic human rights and freedoms that took place in some countries of Central and Eastern Europe.

Therefore, the main goal of NATO was to concentrate on providing defence and security of its members. NATO intention was never to attack someone and will never be, because of the main points (polozhenie) of agreement signed by the members of NATO are to set up to serve as (equitable) and long lasting peaceful agendas is to how the world is based on democratic values, human rights and leadership of law. The only justifiable reason to use force is in the case of defence, and that is all.
 
There are also problems as to understanding what NATO is " between students. First of all, it is the absence of interests on this topic. The answer can be found in the lack of information about the importance of democratic control and the administration of security sectors. Mostly, students are not involved in Ukrainian international affairs because of the infusion of not being able to change something.

The youngest generation is influenced by what is said by their schoolteachers and parents who often do not know the right answers themselves, provide children with absolutely wrong information or even worse -  the thoughts of their own can be accepted as written rules ". So the answer again is the lack of information appropriate for teachers and parents about what the Alliance is like.

Talking in general, it`s not a secret that the public " discussions about Ukraine obtaining NATO memberships take place in absolute ignorance of the Ukrainian people. The representatives of NATO are aware of that and they use it to set this as a topic for discussion. Even Ukraine`s defence minister,, Anatoly Grutsenko declared in the meeting in Vilnius, that the attitude of Ukrainian people towards NATO is a much bigger barrier for obtaining membership, (than even Russia`s accepting that).

Luckily the government seemed to understand that it is their responsibility to present citizens with the correct and full information, that would help them to answer questions like What is NATO? ", What will it bring us? ", Is it good or bad? "

Biography:
Ann Pavlovna
enny_cam@yahoo.com
Country: Ukraine
College: National Sevchenkov University
Major: Journalism
Contact Information: enny_cam@yahoo.com

Ann entered the Journalistic institute of the National Sevchenkov`s university in 2004.  She wrote articles for the youth magazine "Oops" and had a working practice in the daily Ukrainian newspaper "Day".

Country: Ukraine College: National Sevchenkov UniversityMajor: Journalism Contact Information: Ann entered the Journalistic institute of the National Sevchenkov`s university in 2004.  She wrote articles for the youth magazine "Oops" and had a working practice in the daily Ukrainian newspaper "Day".

Ann`s goals are to write on different topics. She is look forward to visiting different exhibitions, concerts, as well as book interviews with absolutely different people.

Ann`s hobbies include Tae kwon-do, Latin dances, studding ethnic Ukrainian traditions, reading the latest books, taking photos and writing.