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From: "ESLaPorte - The NATO Citizen"
Subject: "To Paint a Moving Train" - NATO-the new, dynamic, terrorist fighter
Organization: The NATO Citizen - www.pronato.com
Date: Wed, 27 Nov 2002 23:45:28 GMT
NNTP-Posting-Date: Wed, 27 Nov 2002 15:45:28 PST
"So NATO began to change right after September 11th. But much of that
initial change was based on improvisation. We had to 'paint a moving train,'
and that train was moving pretty fast indeed" - Lord Robertson, at the NATO
Parliamentary Assembly, 15 November 2002.
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A DYNAMIC POST COLD WAR NATO
The truth is that the Prague Summit was pretty predictable. Other than
inviting new members, we knew that our Alliance's main work was to focus on
transformation. We know what was going to take place, especially those of us
who were delegates at the ATA General Assembly this last October.
The Cold War is over(!), and its FINAL end will be noticed by the change
about to come in our NATO.What is needed now is a Euro-Atlantic culture that
not only is about security - but about solidarity in our common values of
democracy and freedom.
Lord Robertson's phrase of "painting a moving train" aptly describes the
necessary, leave-the-Cold-War-behind change needed in the Alliance.
Robertson points out that the Cold War NATO was a static organization
focused on a single Soviet threat. In referring to the frequency of
summits, double that of the Cold War, "[A]fter all, the stately management
of the Cold War did not require that much top-level guidance. The threat was
static, and, hence, the Alliance was largely on 'autopilot.' " Robertson -
and Alan Lee Williams - see NATO as an "agent of change" that can address
current security and Euro-Atlantic issues while itself transforming and
adapting to the new environment.
"Does NATO Have a Future?"
http://www.pronato.com/EuroAtlantic/ATA/Williams1.htm by Alan Lee Williams
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THE DEEPENING RUSSIA AND NATO RELATIONSHIP
NATO will have to be dynamic, with the ability to take on new threats and
the ability to work with its former enemy, now friend, Russia. The NATO -
Russia relationship will become important in terms deepening trust and
working on the common threats from terrorism, helping Russia's democracy and
bringing Russia into Euro-Atlantic security structures:
"Our third major achievement after September 11th was the breakthrough in
the NATO-Russia relationship. NATO and Russia suddenly faced the same enemy.
And Article Five. . .was invoked in a way that had no anti-Russian
connotation whatsoever. The strategic importance of sound NATO-Russia
relations are clear. They mark the definitive end of a long ear of
confrontation and division. They mark Russia's transformation for a
disgruntled, resentful outsider into a real team player in the Euro-Atlantic
community - trusting and trustworthy" - Lord Robertson at the NATO
Parliamentary Assembly, 15 November 2002. Part of bringing good out of the
evil of September 11th is to bind Russia to the Alliance. "NATO after
September 11th" www.nato.int/docu/speech/2002/s020131a.htm
See the contribution by Ambassador Anatoly ADAMISHIN, Vice-President,
Association for Euro-Atlantic Cooperation, Russia; Former Vice-Minister of
Foreign Affairs of Russia.
The question now is: "What will be the behavior of the new Baltic NATO
members in the NAC with regard to the deepening relationship with Russia?"
"Will they help - or damage the new relationship by bringing old Cold War
fears and hates to NATO?!"
Maybe so - but more than likely not - as the culture that has now been
created in NATO and the North Atlantic Council, mainly by Lord Robertson,
will not be favorable to bringing back Cold War rivalries and fears to a
transforming NATO Alliance. In other words, should a Baltic NATO Ambassador
veto a positive Russia - NATO program for no good reason - that ambassador
will have to explain such an action. The new culture in NATO is pro-Russian
cooperation, as witnessed by this Author as a USA delegate of the ATA
General Assembly in October. The culture in NATO and the Euro-Atlantic
community is pro-Russian cooperation and it will not be favorable for
attempts to bring the anti-Russian, Cold War mentality back to a NATO
Alliance that has left its anti-Russian, Cold War legacy in the 10 year plus
Expect the Russia - NATO relationship to deepen and cooperation to expand,
with the Baltic NATO Ambassadors in total agreement with it and along for
the ride. . !
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THE NATO OUT OF AREA IDEA IS NOTHING NEW
Our Alliance now appears to be working up the will to go "out of area."
But - as this Author demonstrates in "Any Where - Any Time - NATO Out of
Area" http://www.pronato.com/NATO.terrorism/NATO.out.of.area.htm the idea
of NATO going out of its area and out of Europe are not new ideas. The "out
of area" idea is about as old as the discussions leading to Article Four of
the Atlantic Pact during March 1949. The area of interpretation covering
Article Four was made wide. "Could it not also take place in connection with
political matters?" asked Norwegian Ambassador Morgenstierne. However, the
Alliance has been reluctant to actually GO into such policy, but has
entertained the idea of going out-of-area to meet a threat from WAY back in
*NATO should not forget that the influence and interests of its members are
not confined to the area covered by the Treaty, and that common interests of
the Atlantic Community can be seriously affected by developments outside the
Treaty area. Therefore, while striving to improve their relations with each
other, and to strengthen and deepen their own unity, they should also be
concerned with harmonizing their policies in relation to other areas, taking
into account the broader interests of the whole international community. . .
* Report of the Committee of the Three- 1956
*The North Atlantic Treaty area cannot be treated in isolation from the
rest of the world. Crises and conflicts arising outside the area may impair
its security either directly or by affecting the global balance* The Harmel
Report, Point 15, 1967 - http://www.nato.int/docu/comm/49-95/c671213b.htm
Lord Robertson stated that "we can no longer look at threats
geographically - but functionally."
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A RAPID REACTING - FLEXIBLE NATO
In the change from the static, Cold War military facing Soviet tanks, NATO
will now concentrate on time based forces with rapid reaction corps in
out-of-area situations. See - Remarks of General Joseph Ralston -
Meeting an out-of-area threat may require a use of force. In such an event,
a "find and strike" force will be needed. What this strike force will be
called on to do will be to deploy quickly, liquidates a terrorist training
camp, seizes terrorist leaders - and be back home in about 15 days. One
British official stated that "suppose there is a country where the
government knows that international terrorist groups are operating from it
but just isn't strong enough to do anything about it," such as Yemen, Sudan
In swoops the NATO strike force. . !
Other changes include changing the role and name of the SACEUR (Supreme
Allied Commander, Europe) to Strategic Commander Operations, taking over the
role of the SACLANT (Supreme Allied Commander, Atlantic) in Norfolk
http://www.saclant.nato.int/pio/ will be turned into a training and
exercises command. The changing of this commands role, from protecting the
Atlantic from the Soviets and getting US troops to Europe to meet a Soviet
attack - signals that the Cold War is really the thing of the past.
See "Analysis: NATO 'find and strike' role." Peter Almond. United Press
International. 17 November 2002.
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THE CONSEQUENCES OF TERRORISM
Protecting our people from weapons of mass destruction (wmd's) and
responding to terrorist attacks. First, this will be done through the
Russia-NATO Council for the control of wmd's and keeping them out of the
hands of terrorists. Russia and NATO held a joint counter-terrorist exercise
in October and are deepening the relationship in the common fight against
the common threat.
The Alliance will be involved in the Civil Emergency Planning (CEP) program
which will focus on the preparation of our civil responses to the
consequences of terrorist attacks. This includes bio-chemical detection
laboratories and disease surveillance systems, which includes a deployable
prototype laboratory. This was only available for the battlefield and will
be brought to the civil response system. When requested, the Alliance will
help national authorities in dealing with the consequences of terrorist
Prague Summit Declaration -
"Towards the Prague Summit" - Speech by NATO Secretary General, Lord
Robertson to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in Istanbul.
The new NATO has nothing to do with the Cold War anymore!
Watch out terrorists!
Erin S. LaPorte
"The NATO Citizen" www.pronato.com
Milwaukee, Wisconsin - USA
"Long live the entangling Alliance!"
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