Saturday, February 23, 2008
"Military chiefs in five Western countries have called for Nato to accept the need for pre-emptive nuclear strikes against any would-be nuclear power. (...) The report called for a “grand strategy” and claimed that “a first-strike” nuclear option remains an “indispensable instrument” as there is “no realistic prospect of a nuclear-free world”. (...) Particularly drastic is their demand for a directorate and an end to consensus decision-taking in favour of majority voting. The military chiefs complain of EU “obstruction” and rivalry with NATO and call for the right for the alliance to act militarily without the consent of the United Nations Security Council when “immediate action is needed to protect large numbers of human beings”."