NATO hype: is it worth it?

By Matthew Stefanski

On May 20 and 21, parts of downtown Chicago will be filled with thousands of protestors, police officers and foreign heads of state. The high-profile events on these days will bring money and fame to the Windy City.

Foreign head states of North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) member countries are meeting at the McCormick Place. NATO is an alliance of 28 countries. The core principle of NATO is “an attack on one member is an attack on all.”

The city of Chicago is limiting street access and making security a top priority. Many businesses are closing early and the train systems are modifying rail service during the days of the Summit. This poses one question: is the Summit worth all of the work and precautions?

I think it is worth it to have the Summit in Chicago. The Summit brings much popularity to the wonderful city. There will be many international media members and protestors in the general vicinity. I think the downside of the summit isthat many people that work in the city are being asked to stay at home because of security precautions. There are expected to be many angry protestors and possible bomb threats.

I plan on going downtown during the Summit. Call me crazy if you may, but I find international politics intriguing and am interested in current events. I feel as if this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for many people such as myself.

The opinions contained in this article are solely those of the writer and in no way, shape or form reflect the image or mission of Victory Christian Academy.


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