by Harry Phibes
"That shift comes as a great source of relief – not least to the Baltic states; those NATO members, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania under threat from Russia. Certainly there is an implicit conditionality to that “100 per cent” commitment. It is that those who seek insurance from NATO should keep up to date with their premiums.
For its part NATO has reminded America that the Atlantic alliance rallied round to help overthrow the Taliban in Afghanistan in response to the attack on the United States on September 11th 2001.
NATO has been an historic success story. The victory in the cold war was a triumph. Far from NATO being out of date, the world remains a dangerous place – and the Alliance is still needed. Peace through strength was a valid slogan back in the 1980s when people like Jeremy Corbyn were going on CND marches in support of unilateral nuclear disarmament. The logic is still compelling. Western democracies need to show solidarity to defeat their enemies."