NATO: Nervous Alliance

Once a year an atmosphere of crisis builds up around the West's North Atlantic Treaty alliance as the time approaches for the December annual review meeting in Paris. The warnings serve as a useful reminder that NATO's sword and shield, serviceable as it has proved to be in helping to keep the peace for the past ten years, remains an uncertain defense against the 50 divisions that the Soviets can hurl against Europe on short notice. No matter how low NATO planners set the sights, each year member countries manage to evade filling the targets. Only 21 NATO divisions...

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