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For my part, there may have been an opportunity for NATO to evolve into an institution that could further a principled, legal global order in the 90s.

OK, let me play devil's advocate.

Wasn't it NATO that eventually stabilized the situation in Bosnia when the governments of Europe and the world couldn't quite bring themselves to act?

Maybe the world still needs a multilateral force, like NATO, unlike the toothless UN, to step up when the poor and oppressed are in need.  Look at Darfur today and Liberia, Ruwanda and Sierra Leone yesterday.  What NATO needs is additional members and a return to the principled leadership that you lament has departed.  Then it could again become useful.  Far easier to reform NATO than the UN. The problem with calling NATO actions unilateral is that it leaves us only one choice, the UN.  When was the last time the UN did anything to avert genocide?

I can swear there ain't no heaven but I pray there ain't no hell. _ Blood Sweat & Tears

by Gringo (stargazing camel at aoldotcom) on Fri Jun 8th, 2007 at 03:46:49 PM EST
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