The first video I watched on the natochannel.tv was titled “Afghanistan’s Heart of Marble.” The video was made in Heart, Afghanistan and it was about the quarrying of the high quality marble that can be found in Afghanistan. A sentence on the website which describes the video reads, “Modern equipment and better infrastructure can help to develop one of Afghanistan’s finest most lucrative industries” (Afghanistan’s, 7/6/12) NATO forces can protect areas in war torn countries so businesses and trade can thrive. This is a way to help Afghanistan increase their comparative advantage. The video did not explain how the presence of NATO relates to the reasons why it was created.
NATO has served its historical purpose especially in reference to the Soviet Union no longer being a threat. It was a necessary organization when two super powers existed in the world and everyone perceived the need for a balance of the powers. So I think that ideally NATO should be dissolved; based on the fact the reason they were created is no longer an issue. NATO has helped trade which is great. In a way though it is slowing down progress in trade because it keeps alive the idea that the Cold War is still important when in fact Russia offers great opportunities for American entrepreneurs and businesses. The experience and expertise of NATO leadership would be more useful in training and working with the United Nations’ peacekeepers or an international force of rescuers who could help during times of natural disasters. “’”’““”“”’“”“’”“”“’”“”“”“”“”““‘’”“”“”““”“””“’”