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Pre-emptive nuclear strike a key option, Nato told | Special reports | Guardian Unlimited
The west must be ready to resort to a pre-emptive nuclear attack to try to halt the "imminent" spread of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction, according to a radical manifesto for a new Nato by five of the west's most senior military officers and strategists.

Calling for root-and-branch reform of Nato and a new pact drawing the US, Nato and the European Union together in a "grand strategy" to tackle the challenges of an increasingly brutal world, the former armed forces chiefs from the US, Britain, Germany, France and the Netherlands insist that a "first strike" nuclear option remains an "indispensable instrument" since there is "simply no realistic prospect of a nuclear-free world".

The manifesto has been written following discussions with active commanders and policymakers, many of whom are unable or unwilling to publicly air their views. It has been presented to the Pentagon in Washington and to Nato's secretary general, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, over the past 10 days. The proposals are likely to be discussed at a Nato summit in Bucharest in April.

"The risk of further [nuclear] proliferation is imminent and, with it, the danger that nuclear war fighting, albeit limited in scope, might become possible," the authors argued in the 150-page blueprint for urgent reform of western military strategy and structures. "The first use of nuclear weapons must remain in the quiver of escalation as the ultimate instrument to prevent the use of weapons of mass destruction."

by Fran on Mon Jan 21st, 2008 at 11:18:12 PM EST
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given what we know from sible Edmonds, the reason why there is no chance of a nuclear free world is that we were determined to sell expertise and materials to anyone who wanted it. Waiting to find the suggestion that A Q Khan was a CIA-asset.

Changing no-first-use is tantamount to global suicide. We'd rather destroy the world ourselves than let the Soviets terrists bomb it first. How perfectly MAD !!!!

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Jan 22nd, 2008 at 12:17:54 PM EST
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a radical manifesto from the west´s most senior MADmen, in preparation to make the EU accept fkg Petraus as head of Nato???

Our knowledge has surpassed our wisdom. -Charu Saxena.
by metavision on Tue Jan 22nd, 2008 at 04:55:53 PM EST
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