NATO: 15 Trigger Fingers

In Paris last week, parliamentarians from 13 of NATO's 15 member nations* settled down around a giant, A-shaped table for their annual briefing on the problems before the alliance. This year's overriding topic: how to cope with the mounting dissatisfaction of other NATO members with the U.S.-British monopoly of the West's nuclear deterrent.

At the root of NATO's new nuclear worries is Charles de Gaulle's determination to give France its own atomic striking force. After De Gaulle exploded two of his costly bombs in the Sahara, other NATO powers knew that...

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