2008-01-22 Pre-emptive nuclear strike a key option, Nato told

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<hide> <let name=data index=Date>2008-01-22</let> <let name=data index=Topics>\war on terror\nuclear first strike</let> <let name=data index=URL>http://www.guardian.co.uk/nato/story/0,,2244782,00.html</let> <let name=data index=Title>Pre-emptive nuclear strike a key option, Nato told</let> <let name=data index=Text>“The west must be ready to resort to a pre-emptive nuclear attack to try to halt the "imminent" spread of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction, according to a radical manifesto for a new Nato by five of the west's most senior military officers and strategists.” In the words of Randy Newman, "Let's drop the big one, and see what happens"? Authors of the paper:

    • General John Shalikashvili, the former chairman of the US joint chiefs of staff and Nato's ex-supreme commander in Europe
    • General Klaus Naumann, Germany's former top soldier and ex-chairman of Nato's military committee, General Henk van den Breemen, a former Dutch chief of staff
    • Admiral Jacques Lanxade, a former French chief of staff
    • Lord Inge, field marshal and ex-chief of the general staff and the defence staff in the UK</let>

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