Just days after NATO declared “cyberspace” a formal military zone, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg warned that major cyber attacks might now be classified as a “case for the alliance” which NATO as a whole would respond to militarily, with conventional warfare.
Though Stoltenberg insisted doing so would depend heavily on the severity of the attacks, he said to establishment of cyberspace as a military zone meant NATO would react to attacks there the same as attacks in air, sea, land, or space.
In theory, this would mean that NATO member nations could invoke Article 4 of the alliance, obliging meetings to discuss mutual military defense if a member nation is “attacked,” simply on the grounds of them being hacked.
Of particular concern in the case of cyberattacks is how rarely it is readily apparent who the culprit it. The US tends to blame China or Russia in the media for cyberattacks against American targets, but rarely offers any evidence to defend those assertions.
If this is to be the alliance-wide standard, every NATO member nation, all of whom are hit with cyberattacks by governments and private citizens countless times a day, could manufacture a pretext for a new alliance-wide war against the target of their choice.
Though Stoltenberg tried to limit this to the most severe attacks, it isn’t clear in practice what that actually means. The US, for instance, seems to have cyber attacks presented as the “worst ever” multiple times every year.
Though wars against China and Russia are largely impractical for the alliance, because those nations have substantial nuclear deterrents, this could seemingly be the easy way for the US or some other member nation to shoehorn the alliance into a war in Libya or elsewhere, simply by trying to pin the next cyberattack on some faction there. Since evidence isn’t offered most of the time anyhow, there is likely to be little argument after presenting any conceivable culprit.
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easy way for the US or some other member nation to shoehorn the
alliance into a war in Libya or elsewhere, simply by trying to
pin the next cyberattack on some faction there…
US/EU Imperialism has gone cyber.
Cyber war is not acceptable unless it is Usrael doing it (see Suxtnet against Iran)
So are they saying Iran would have been justified in starting a war? Just aksing.
NATO, a most pointless institution will at this point say anything to appear to be relevant.
Please folks, the US is Nato.
It seems that currently the charges are against Russia and/or China but this could also be the beginning of the justification for war against Iran that has been successfully put on hold by the Obama admin.
Nato is anything but pointless RickR35. That’s just Trump’s lack of understanding. Or, if he understands then his use of it to gather support amongst Americans who feel cheated by the system.
Nato serves the very useful purpose of giving the US the legitimacy it needs to go to war where it chooses. All of we at antiwar.com must come to understand this.
Here’s something to think about! There are a lot of indications that plans are in the making to resume the war agenda that’s been temporarily put on hold for Syria and Iran.
That’s an issue we can all agree upon, at least until it’s mentioned that the hawks see the time coming very soon when when Obama and his admin will no longer be standing in the way of progress.
So for that reason it’s not going to receive any agreement. It’s mostly just meant to be a ‘told you so’ for when Clinton takes over.
luv from Canada.
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg is an IDIOT. He would attack based on lies. Google this:
“Guccifer2 Debunks DNC Claim it Was Hacked by Russia. Publishes Huge Tranche of Files Online”
Our so called “Elites” are nothing more than scum.
Almost all western countries are ruled by psychopaths, morons, criminals, bootlickers, cowards and warmongers
Instant “Gulf of Tonkin” available on demand.
So, when they claim there’s been a ‘cyber-attack’, and the bad guys are too blame, who’s gonna really know? Oh well, it will be over in 30 minutes then the only question is whether the cockroaches will do any better.
lol. Now a bunch of kids posting NAZI Anime meme’s can start a hot war.
Grate move Nato, i’m sure that wont backfire on you at all.
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