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I probably need to read this more carefully before I respond but I have some immediate thoughts about this:

  1.  The US is in NATO and that has not stopped us from preemptive war, invading countries, war crimes, and bullying.  Like Israel, there are people out there who hate our country and want to kill our citizens.  But being in NATO did not prevent us from using that as an excuse to bomb the daylights out of whomever we choose.

  2.  Why NATO?  NATO began as a response to the Soviet Union.  The Soviet Union does not exist.  Why does NATO not only exist, but continue to expand?

  3.  NATO is ideological in nature.  Originally it was Democracy v. Communism.  Replacing the Communism with Arab/Islam is just stupid stupid stupid.  How on earth would that improve relations, engender understanding, create peace?  

  4.  Russia is not in NATO.  If we had a NATO that included Israel but not Russia...  I just don't like the way that lines up.  

  5.  Why can't we phase out NATO and superimpose it onto the UN, the Security Council.  War crimes are war crimes, countries being unfairly attacked are countries being unfairly attacked.  Why are we picking favorites.  It seems that if all countries would be assured that we would come to their aid if they needed it, regardless who they are, it would be a beautiful thing.  Apply the same standards and criteria to everyone.  More consistency.  More accountability.  That's what we shoudl be moving toward.  

Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities. -Voltaire
by p------- on Fri Jul 21st, 2006 at 04:29:54 PM EST

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