NATO: Defense or D

Can an alliance created for defense find new life by seeking détente? That issue faced the North Atlantic Treaty Organization as it met in Rome against a backdrop of leftist riots and rallies that proclaimed "Nixon, boia [Nixon, hangman]!" and "Al-Fatah vincerà [Al-Fatah will conquer]!" NATO was created in 1949 to defend Western Europe against Communist military aggression. But when the foreign ministers of the 15 NATO members met last week, they invited their Warsaw Pact opponents as well as nonaligned European countries to join with them in a search for ways to reduce tensions in the center of the...

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