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Enlarging the Atlantic Alliance
Wall Street Journal ^ | April 22, 2008 | Ruport Murdoch

Posted on 04/22/2008 3:40:40 AM PDT by moderatewolverine

In the aftermath of World War II, statesmen on both sides of the Atlantic recognized that the defense of freedom would require the active engagement of a new generation of leaders. The result was the Atlantic alliance. In the six decades that followed, this alliance helped the West prevail against Soviet communism and ensured the advance of democracy from the Atlantic to the Urals.

Today we may be tempted to bask in our achievements and wax nostalgic about all we have been through. But this is no time for nostalgia. At this moment, our alliance now finds itself threatened on several fronts:

First, by the growing appeal of protectionism on both sides of the Atlantic.

Second, by the terrorists who target civilians in all our countries.

And finally, by a Europe that is losing its faith in the values and institutions that have kept us free.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: alliance; atlantic; democracy; freedom

1 posted on 04/22/2008 3:40:40 AM PDT by moderatewolverine
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To: moderatewolverine
If Afghanistan is any indicator of NATO’s ability to confront an enemy Europe might as well pull out the White Flags they have been saving for a special occasion.
2 posted on 04/22/2008 4:20:01 AM PDT by Recon Dad (Marine Spec Ops Dad)
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To: moderatewolverine

So get to the point, Ruport Murdoch.

How much is it going to cost me as a U.S. taxpayer?


3 posted on 04/22/2008 6:31:46 AM PDT by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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