Britain: An Offense on Defense

When the Labor Party was soundly thrashed by Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's Conservatives in last year's elections, many political analysts attributed that defeat in part to Labor's commitment to nuclear disarmament, which would dramatically change Britain's role in NATO. Last week the party, led by Neil Kinnock, issued a 52-page defense manifesto that eliminated any remaining doubts about its program. The document recommended a policy that would remove all U.S. bases from the country, scrap the British atomic arsenal and work to make Europe a nuclear-free zone. Declared the party: "We should no longer behave as though we are...

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