NATO has been one of history’s most powerful and successful alliances, preserving and extending liberal values for more than 60 years. It must continue to do so.
For much of its history, NATO was essential to the stability and prosperity of Western Europe, once the center of political gravity. It was formed, in the words of Lord Ismay, NATO’s first secretary general, “to keep the Russians out (of Europe), the Americans in and the Germans down.” Its charter, signed 63 years ago last month, is one of the most elegant political documents ever written. Running a little more than 1,000 words, its Article 5 remains the core of the alliance — “An armed attack against one or more of them in Europe or North America shall be considered an attack against them all.”
Article 5 has been invoked only once in the history of the alliance, and that was not when the Soviets came rolling across Eastern Europe as was originally feared, but rather on Sept.… Seguir leyendo »