From British daily The Guardian:
Geoff Hoon asked to leave Nato advisory post
Former defence secretary, who has been suspended from Labour party, ‘no longer has support’ of Gordon Brown
* Richard Norton-Taylor
* Wednesday 24 March 2010 19.15 GMT
Gordon Brown has further punished Geoff Hoon, the former defence secretary suspended from the Labour party this week, by sacking him from a post advising Nato on its future mission statement.
“It was the British government that nominated Mr Hoon to be one of the group of 12 experts and he has served there with distinction,” the Nato spokesman James Appathurai said.
“However, given that it is clear the British government no longer supports Mr Hoon‘s participation, the secretary general has decided to ask Mr Hoon to end his participation in the group of 12 [experts].
Brown is understood to have contacted Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the Nato leader, saying Hoon no longer had his support.
Hoon was among three former cabinet ministers suspended by the Labour party on Monday following allegations that he sought £3,000-a-day work with a lobbying firm when he stands down from parliament after the general election.
So, apparently, NATO, the self-styled great defenders of “Western values” and “democracy”, have now dismissed the corrupt Hoon not really because they dislike corruption, but because Gordon Brown told them so.
Well, let us be generous, and say that at least this is a very small beginning in cleaning up NATO.
How about continuing this?
How about the other people in that new NATO strategy commission?
How about sacking the vice chair of that committee, Dutch Jeroen van der Veer, ex CEO and still director of Shell oil, for blood for oil lobbying? That officially the members of this commission are “unpaid” will hardly matter to multi-millionaire Van der Veer. If the new NATO strategy will bring extra profits to Shell, Mr Van der Veer’s present “ascesis” will prove to have been worthwhile.
And how about sacking the chair of that committee, Madeleine Albright. Ms Albright, who defended sanctions against Iraq which killed so many children. She said: ‘We Think the Price [in dead children] Is Worth It’.
Talking about crime: will NATO sack the new mayor of Marjah in Afghanistan; whom NATO made local boss after their recent offensive there; even though he had been in jail in Germany for trying to kill his son?
How about sacking NATO generals advocating nuclear war?
And how about sacking NATO boss Rasmussen, for running a Danish government dependent on the parliamentary support of the racist Danish People’s Party, for financially supporting a neo-nazi, etc.?
Don’t count on it.