As Syniadau points out the motion passed as amended read.....
"On independence, Scotland will inherit its treaty obligations with NATO. An SNP government will maintain NATO membership subject to an agreement that Scotland will not host nuclear weapons and NATO takes all possible steps to bring about nuclear disarmament as required by the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty of which all its members are signatories, and further that NATO continues to respect the right of members to only take part in UN-sanctioned operations."So why not just contribute to the UN Peace Keeping force as Ireland do?
These days most European countries may members of NATO but that does not mean its the right Organisation to join.
And there are many others (either full members or associates ) throughout the World .Not all what you might call Democracies
|NATO members||Membership Action Plan||Individual Partnership Action Plan||Partnership for Peace||Mediterranean Dialogue||Istanbul Cooperation Initiative||Global Partners|
So the question is. Who are the Enemy?
Which if any of the Non NATO members would be a threat to Scotland?
SNP MP Angus Robertson argued,r, that withdrawing from NATO would leave the North Sea open to potential attack.
"I asked what the impact would be of Scotland not being in NATO. Everything that is around Scotland turns into a black hole where we have no idea what's going on, and that worries our neighbours intensely," explained Robertson.
Mr Robertson, along with fellow MP Angus MacNeil, told members that NATO is regarded as the "keystone defence organisation" by Denmark, Norway, Iceland and the UK.
Who the hell is threatening Denmark and Norway and Why aren't Sweden and Finland members who may have more to worry about if its Russia?
It seems to me that the SNP may be attempting to gain tacit approval for Independence from NATO members or at least limit hostility.
But they have taken the wrong step they could have maintained that an Independent Scotland could be pat of the non aligned nations of the UN and not part of an organisations dominated by the USA and it immediate allies.
It is the wrong decision taken to limit the Media attacks on a "Defenceless Scotland" . But it will mean Scotland will be tied to an organisation increasingly seen as an arm of Western Imperialism and in some quarters little more than a satellite of a US Empire.
I hope Plaid will not follow suit.