From: "ESLaPorte - The NATO Citizen"
Subject: "A NATO coalition is better than anything else!"
Organization: The NATO Citizen - www.natoalliance.org
Date: Wed, 20 Nov 2002 19:04:37 GMT
NNTP-Posting-Date: Wed, 20 Nov 2002 11:04:37 PST
"A value-sharing coalition is better than a coalition of convenience. And a
NATO coalition is better than anything else" remarked Lord Robertson during
an address in June 2002 at the American Enterprise Institute (1).
In answering the pundits' myths that NATO had little to do with the war on
terrorism actions in Afghanistan, Robertson stressed that a permanent
coalition and alliance made up of common democratic values was better than a
coalition of convenience, such as the Bush Administration's current
coalition in the war on terror (2).
These same remarks were made earlier by the President of Lithuania, Valdas
Adamkus, at a October 2001 meeting of the heads of NATO candidate countries
in Sofia (3).
"After September 11th, we have realized our common values need resolute
defense and our children need real protection." Adamkus promoted NATO
enlargement as a method of security enhancement, as well (4). But both
Robertson and the aspiring NATO members, as well as NATO member governments,
know that a permanent alliance of like-minded allies that share common
values is better for security's sake and better "fire insurance" than the
coalition of convenience with governments that have questionable values. The
best defense of our peace, freedom and democracy is still NATO.
And the light is brightening more and more that Lord Robertson is utterly
correct in his observation that "NATO is better than anything else. . ."
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The full essay: "NATO is the only choice: An Alliance of values is better
than a coalition of convenience" located at:
Erin S. LaPorte
"The NATO Citizen"
www.natoalliance.org - www.pronato.com
Milwaukee, Wisconsin - USA