TITLE

THE DEFENSE OF WESTERN EUROPE

AUTHOR(S)
Gladwyn, Lord
PUB. DATE
April 1973
SOURCE
Foreign Affairs;Apr1973, Vol. 51 Issue 3, p588
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article deals with the defense planning in western Europe. It is therefore clear, in a general way, that as long as a substantial American force remains in Germany, giving rise to the assumption that if the Soviet Union attacked the allies in the West it would be the signal for a nuclear holocaust, the defense of Western Europe is in all probability assured. Nevertheless, in spite of statements to the contrary, we are always given to understand that there may, in the not too far distant future, be some partial withdrawal of American power and that, insofar as this may weaken the credibility of the major deterrent, it will be necessary for the European members of the Alliance somehow to fill the ensuing gap. Already an effort to meet this American-implied demand bas been made by the constitution of the so-called Eurogroup (though France is not a member) and that is very much to the good .Unless we do so we are all in real danger, not so much of physical defeat as of moral collapse, that is to say, in a failure to grasp the fundamental purpose of our collective life. And if we do not take care such a collapse may even start at the forthcoming conferences on European Security and on Mutual and Balanced Force Reductions. The way to detente is for Western Europe, in close cooperation with the Americans, to secure, or begin to secure, its own defense before talking; not to start talking before it has secured its defense.
ACCESSION #
5804985

 

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