Embattled NATO faces new test in Iraq

  • 2003-03-20
  • Michael Thurston
BRUSSELSIn theory a war on Iraq could provide NATO with the perfect chance to flex its new muscles as a transformed global fighting force for the 21st century.But in practice its power, seriously undermined by the bitter trans-Atlantic rift over the crisis, is likely to be marginal at best as it struggles to find a new role after the Cold War."NATO is a side casualty of the politics that has been going on in the United Nations," said Sir Timothy Garden of the Royal Institute of International Affairs in London.Even before any military shots are fired, NATO was nearly ripped apart politically...
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