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From: "ESLaPorte - The NATO Citizen"
Subject: Why NATO is good for US!
Organization: The NATO Citizen - www.pronato.com
Date: Sat, 23 Nov 2002 21:28:32 GMT
NNTP-Posting-Date: Sat, 23 Nov 2002 13:28:32 PST
There are the various mass media pundits who are a times questioning the
continued existence of our NATO Alliance. These mass media observers appear
to be stuck in the Cold War - and much of their writing reflects the
lingering Cold War viewpoint on the NATO Alliance. When they discuss the
seven new members, they often harkens back to the Cold War days, when these
countries were members of they Warsaw Pact, with out mentioning that Russia
is now the friend of NATO and the US. We know these Cold War critics by
their Cold War mentality. . .
NATO has left the Cold War in the past and is taking on the new security
challenges that face the Euro-Atlantic community. Since the event of
September 11th, we have discovered that our al-Quida enemies are a
transatlantic threat, not just a threat to America. They threaten our
democratic way of life much more than the Soviet Union in that they cannot
be rationally deterred from committing acts of terror. NATO's job is to
protect the Euro-Atlantic community from all threats, as it is written in
the North Atlantic Treaty:
"They are determined to safeguard the freedom, common heritage and
civilization of their peoples, founded on the principles of democracy,
individual liberty and the rule of law."
There is no mention of how to safe guard our common peoples in the
Euro-Atlantic community. The Treaty does not mention from whom to safeguard
and this could be from ALL enemies, be they from the organized armies of the
Soviet Empire or al-Quida terrorist cells that have networked through out
the Euro-Atlantic community. . .
Since it is NATO's job to protect our collective civilization, on both sides
of the Atlantic, we should support the Alliance's efforts.
NATO has embarked upon a transformation that promises to transform it into
something quite a bit different from the Cold War past. General Ralston
stated about a month ago that we need to have a time based rapid reaction
force - not one that counts troops and tanks. The Alliance needs to be able
to go anywhere, anytime to meet the threats to Allied interests and these
are the out-of-area missions. The talk of meeting out-of-area threats to
Allied interests is not new and was discussed during the drafting of
Article Four, as well as the Report of the Committee of the Three in 1956.
THE COLD WAR IS OVER !
RUSSIA IS NOT THE ENEMY !
RUSSIA IS OUR FRIEND !
We must not have any hitches in the war on terrorism - or any other war that
is necessary to insure or collective freedom. That includes cultivating a
better relationship with Russia. Any action that undermines the deepening of
the Russia - NATO relationship hurts the security of our Atlantic
civilization and the Euro-Atlantic community. We must bring Russia into the
Euro-Atlantic family, and do it through deepening the Russia - NATO
relations. This will help bring freedom and security to Russia, as well.
So - stop blaming Russia for the real or perceived injustices of the past!
Because NATO is transforming to meet the new threats against us, we can all
sleep better at night! Tomorrow, I can attend Divine Liturgy at my Orthodox
church and not worry that it will be turned into a mosque. I can practice my
Orthodox Christian faith and not be forced to convert to radical Islam -
which would include covering my head and face - or be beheaded. I can speak
and attend school get an advanced degree as a woman. I can do all of this
because my freedom comes from the protection that our NATO Alliance has over
our collective people and civilization of freedom and democracy. With that
comes peace - not war! The fear and dread that was part of the September
11th experience here in America is now lifting as the Prague Summit
Those that continue to describe NATO as a "Cold War alliance" do not know
what they are talking about and don't understand what the Atlantic Community
and North Atlantic Treaty are about. We need NATO - now more than ever - and
its transformation means a return to security!
"Long live the entangling Alliance!"
Erin S. LaPorte
"The NATO Citizen" www.pronato.com
Milwaukee, Wisconsin - USA
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