NATO Weekend

Well, it’s NATO weekend here in Chicago. After months of preparation, millions of dollars of spending on security in the Second City (which is essentially bankrupt), and one inconvenience after another to citizens–for whose benefit this event is supposedly being organized–all manner of protesters, anarchists, and other seekers of television face-time have arrived to register their displeasure with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

They were all ready to protest the G-8 summit, too, but President Obama wisely decided to move it to the more secure Camp David. Mayor Emanuel, however, would not be denied and has his NATO prize–presumably to enhance his resume for a possible presidential run in the future. I think he’s dreaming, whether or not the meetings go off without a hitch.

Why are these miscreants protesting NATO, anyway? NATO doesn’t really do anything, does it? All I can think of on its resume are its role in restraining the now-defunct Soviet Union from taking over Western Europe, in defeating Slobodan Milosevic in the former Yugoslavia, and in overthrowing Moammar Gadhafi in Libya (with Mr. Obama “leading from behind”). Oh, yes, NATO has participated in the Afghan war, but I can’t think of anything else. So it looks like the anti-NATO protesters are actually for a fine assortment of the world’s dictators, thugs, and religious fanatics.

And I thought they were speaking for “the 99 percent”!

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Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for BreakPoint.org. He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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