The Malta Independent 17 May 2022, Tuesday

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latest comment from MARIO CASSAR, 15/05/2022 22:46: An interesting read but which left many holes in the narrative. Mintoff was very conscious of Malta's defenceless state. One thing omitted from the article was, for instance, that Mintoff went behind the Brits' back to offer military facilities to the USA when we were still a colony. Another indication of Mintoff's desire to protect Malta militarily was when he (as described in the article) went looking for a 4-nation defence pact, something which was a dead duck in the water even before it started. The bottom line is that Mintoff ended up allowing Gaddafi's Libya to base helicopters in Malta, gave them the Teacher's college and a prime building right in front of our Parliament. Mintoff's calculations were truly bad from the start, so much so that the only nation allowed to base its military assets in Malta used force against the only oil rig Malta had to explore oil in our waters and ended up losing the case even in the international court of justice. 'found that 63% of Maltese strongly support Malta’s neutrality' This was a lame exercise by the now unelected Evarist Bartolo to try to convince us all that most Maltese are for neutrality. In any case, that was before Russia's invasion of Ukraine and things have changed dramatically since then. Even Finland was in favour of neutrality then, but today, as I write, Finland has just formally asked NATO to allow it to join the alliance. Sweden may follow suit and this shows that neutrality was never a good thing for Malta and even more so now, and I state why. 1. Our country is too small to be defended by its own people. 2. Being neutral has shown that it doesn't stop dictators from going to war on neutral or non-NATO countries. Finland suffered an invasion by Russia which took 10% of its landmass. 3. Had Ukraine been allowed to join NATO, Putin would not have even thought to attacking a NATO country. 4. The EU, whether we like it or not, only yesterday decided to give €500M in mil
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