Only defence against terror is offense, Rumsfeld tells NATO

Brussels, June 06: Seeing a clear and present danger of biological and chemical attack from terrorists and rogue states, NATO today set in motion an urgent reform towards a leaner, meaner alliance capable of quick response to threats near and far.

Brussels, June 06: Seeing a clear and present danger
of biological and chemical attack from terrorists and rogue
states, NATO today set in motion an urgent reform towards a
leaner, meaner alliance capable of quick response to threats
near and far.

At their biannual meeting here, NATO defence ministers
heard a clear call from us colleague Donald Rumsfeld that it
was time to move the traditionally defensive alliance to the
offensive with possible pre-emptive strikes against terrorist
threats.

“ The real situation is worse than the facts show,” He
warned. “The threat is not theoretical. It is real. It is
dangerous. And if we do not prepare promptly to counter it, we
could well experience attacks in our countries that would make
the events of September 11 seem modest by comparison.”
meeting.

The defence ministers, shaping a complete overhaul of the
50-year-old alliance to present to the NATO summit in Prague
next November, were talking about wholesale change in the way
NATO operates.

Bureau Report

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