The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) was created “to keep the Americans in, the Russians out, the Germans down, and the French happy.”
It was created to counter the USSR's formation of WTO (The Warsaw pact) which was made in 1948. In 1951, NATO was made as a counter alliance to warn the Soviets and their communist friends that the capitalist powers are just as strong as the Eastern Bloc when united in an alliance the nations participating in agreed to be in. Unlike the WTO, where the Soviets forced and threatened most of eastern Europe to join in. When they did, communist regimes were established. They were slowly extinguished though. Romanian doctor Nicolae Ceausescu was murdered on Christmas by his own people.
Interesting, I always thought NATO came first. I agree. It was formed to counter Communist aggression and expansion.
I'm fairly certain NATO came first and communist regimes were established before the Warsaw Pact. Either way, the USSR was a threat and was forcing their horrible ideology onto the Eastern Bloc even before the Warsaw Pact was created. I don't think the West cared too much about those in the Bloc, but they didn't want communism to spread.
Sticks: Your right. WTO came in 1955 and NATO in 1948. My years were off. My bad.
No, it was to stop the spread of Soviet communism.
What it was created for? That sounds right. What it is now? No.