NATO must focus its attention on fighting Islamic extremism, a former British Colonel has said.
Retired Richard Kemp, who led UK forces in Afghanistan and is a board member of the Friends of Israel along with Rafael Baraji, a former security advisor to the Spanish government and the Executive Director of the Friends of Israel, said that US President Donald Trump was right to say that the existing alliance of military forces was “obsolete”.
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Writing in The Daily Telegraph, the pair revealed: “Nato should accept we are all under attack by Islamist extremist forces of all kinds.
“NATO must make the fight against Islamic terrorism its core mission.”
They added: “We need to defend and preserve freedom in our lands.”
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The article went on to state: “The Atlantic Alliance needs to be revamped and reformed entirely, from its strategic concept to its membership. The alternative is an accelerated obsolescence.”
In order to do that, in part, a expansion of the alliance was necessary: “In order to reinforce our Western world, Nato must invite to become members countries that are alike in the defence of our values and with the willingness to share the burden in this civilizational struggle.
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NATO – The North Atlantic Treaty Organization is an intergovernmental military alliance based on the North Atlantic Treaty which was signed on 4th April 1949. The organization constitutes a system of collective defence whereby its member states agree to mutual defence in response to an attack by any external party.
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Every member country, no matter how large or small, has an equal say in discussions and decisions. Photo shows: Signing the North Atlantic Treaty which marked the beginning of NATO, 1949.
“Nato should invite without delay Israel, Japan, Singapore and India to become members.”
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The article comes after it was revealed that Britain, one of just five NATO members that had committed to spending two percent of GDP in defence, had apparently failed to do so.
A report by the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) on Tuesday said that Britain had spent 1.98 percent, equating to a shortfall of £380 million.
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However Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon said that “they had got their figures wrong”.
Last July Nato put UK defence spending at 2.21 per cent.
An official said yesterday: “According to our calculations, five allies, including the UK, currently meet or exceed Nato’s two per cent spending benchmark for 2016."
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