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NATO: Good or Bad?


“We have a firm commitment to NATO, we are a part of NATO. We have a firm commitment to Europe. We are a part of Europe” (Quayle).  What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word safe?  The first thing that should come to mind is NATO.  What is NATO?  NATO also known as the North Atlantic Treaty Organization is what keeps our country and multiple other countries safe.  NATO gives us a place of security.  If the United States was to be attacked, we would get military support from Europe since we made the right choice to bind with Europe in a part of NATO.  The strong defense from Europe helps keep the US from being attacked or even bombed.  NATO keeps our city from being bombed.  So, from now on when you hear the word safe, you should always think of NATO first.  It is important for the United States to stay in NATO because it provides secure political and military alliances.

Map of NATO Members

NATO’s official motto – Animus in Consulendo Liber – comes from a latin background meaning “a mind in unfettered deliberation.” (What is NATO?).  This motto came from Cato, the Younger’s speech towards the Roman Senate.  NATO was established in 1949 to address the threat posed by the Soviet Union during the Cold War.  NATO’s origins came immediately from the blockade in Berlin that the Soviets imposed. NATO’s existence triumphed after the fall of the Berlin Wall in November of 1989.  After 9/11, NATO members banded together to help the US against AL Qaeda and Taliban.  An attack of a NATO member is an attack on everyone in NATO.  Some people suggest that NATO is ‘outdated’,  but that is not the case. Founded in 1949, NATO also known as the North Atlantic Treaty Organization consisted of 29 countries from Europe.  NATO exists to help protect the citizens and land of its included members.  The treaty was founded with the concept of ‘collective defense’.  Collective defense is where if any of the NATO allies were attacked, then all allies are attacked.  For example, if the United States was attacked, all the NATO allies would stand with America as if they were being attacked too.  Since 2014, NATO has created the immense increase in its collective defense since the Cold War.  The NATO allies have deployed four multinational battlegrounds to countries in Europe.  NATO’s purpose is not to provoke conflict, but to prevent it.

NATO Official Meeting

NATO is an important treaty for the US to be involved in because it provides us with cooperation with defense and security related problems.  “NATO promotes democratic values and enables members to consult and cooperate on defence and security-related issues to solve problems, build trust and, in the long run, prevent conflict” (What is NATO?).  NATO provides the United States with democratic support on security issues that can help keep our country safe and secure.  NATO offers defense and security specialists to dispute with incorporated members to help find the best way to keep all countries affiliated, safe from conflict.  The defense organization aims to be at the forefront of missile resistance and surveillance.   “Hundreds of officials, as well as civilian and military experts, come to NATO Headquarters each day to exchange information, share ideas and help prepare decisions when needed, in cooperation with national delegations and the staff at NATO Headquarters” (What is NATO?). Ultimately, NATO helps maintain the security of its territories and its civilians.

NATO is also important to be apart of because it provides the US and other countries involved, peaceful resolutions towards disputes.  “NATO is committed to the peaceful resolution of disputes. If diplomatic efforts fail, it has the military power to undertake crisis-management operations. These are carried out under the collective defence clause of NATO’s founding treaty – Article 5 of the Washington Treaty or under a United Nations mandate, alone or in cooperation with other countries and international organisations” (What is NATO?).  All countries engaged with NATO has the option to receive help with crisis resolutions from NATO officials.  Not only is the United States able to get support from NATO when it comes to disputes, but we can also get support from any country that is a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.  As stated in Article 5 of the Washington Treaty, NATO members are committed to principle defense, where an attack against one or more members is an attack on all members.  NATO’s 2010 Strategic Concept states NATO’s core tasks including: collective defense, crisis-management, and cooperative security.

To summarize, NATO is one of the most important treaties the United States is involved in.  The North Atlantic Treaty Organization provides the United States with the best support when it comes to defense and crisis-management.  Without NATO, the US or any member part of NATO would probably be struggling right now with their security trying to keep conflict out.  NATO is one of the most important aspects in our government and military.  If the US was not a part of NATO, we would not receive any support in trying to keep our cities from being bombed.  To help promote the positive effects NATO has on our country, please write a letter to your congressman or senator and tell them how our country should always be a part of NATO.  

Article by Brianna Soukup

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