posted on Apr, 28 2003 @ 12:22 PM
(Paris and Berlin Plan Alliance to Nix Nato
Reacting to U.S. plans to punish France for its stand on the war in Iraq by excluding it from NATO decision-making, Paris is moving aggressively in
concert with Germany to build a new common European defense system that would effectively replace NATO, according to a report in the London Times.
Meeting in Brussels with the Prime Ministers of Belgium and Luxembourg, President Chirac and Gerhard Schröder, the German Chancellor, want to put
together a band of volunteer European states willing to unhitch from the U.S. dominated North Atlantic Treaty Organization
The fledgling unified European Union military force is envisioned as more ambitious than the existing European security and defense policy that was
launched by Britain and France in 1998. That plan, which features a rapid reaction force, is limited to humanitarian, peacekeeping and crisis
management -- all in concert with NATO.
But Britain’s Tony Blair wants no part of the action, saying that such a new military alliance would place Europe in a rival position to the U.S. In
an interview with the Financial Times, he said: “I am not really interested in talk about punishing countries, but I think there is an issue that we
have to resolve here between America and Europe and within Europe about Europe’s attitude towards the transatlantic alliance.
“I don’t want Europe setting itself up in opposition to America. I think it will be dangerous and destabilizing.”
Pointedly, Britain, which has the EU’s most powerful armed forces, was not invited to the Brussels parley -- nor were the leaders of Spain, Italy and
Reportedly, Michele Alliot-Marie, the French Defense Minister, is seeking to also involve Russia, the ally of France and Germany in the anti-Iraq war
movement, saying,“ Russia should be associated with the planning work that we are carrying out.” )
Sounds like a bad episode of the Three Stooges. Wonder where they'll meet, a wooden fort in their Mommy's backyard. I here the "Our Gang" theme
playing already. It should be good for a laugh. Maybe they'll have outakes on AFV.