Soddom wrote:Yes of course it was an attack. What I doubt is that it should be met by invoking UN Charter 5. This was terrorist act by an extremist group and not an attack by one country on another. I believe that is the "attack" that NATO safeguards.
Article 5 states that an armed attack against one or more of them in Europe or North America shall be considered an attack against them all. There is no qualification or condition set as to whether the attack is from a traditional nation state, alliance or any other entity.
Soddom wrote:History has shown the UN to be an effective organisation
Please define "effective".
Soddom wrote:nevertheless, like its predecessor, some countries use it self servingly and hypocritically rather than abiding by its founding principles.
Some? Try all.
Soddom wrote:While Article 5 might seem suitable to redress the WTC incident, daily unsactioned bombings of Iraq seem to fly in the face of Article 1.
That's just it. Article 5 actually did nothing... its invocation was merely symbolic. It hardly has redressed the WTC/Pentagon/Pennsylvania attack. Most European nations, excluding several such as the UK and, surprisingly, Italy, have since done very little to assist the US. Rather, they continue to sit on their duffs and call for yet more endless discussion, all the while crying that the US is acting unilaterally. To those Europeans, there can never be enough talk and it is never time to act.
Soddom wrote:I'm well aware of that, but then that's not what I said. What I said was they are not synonymous - one cannot exist without another. Military action is, or should be, the last element of a foreign policy where diplomacy has failed. It should never be the first instrument.
Uh, the Iraqi regime has violated the UN peace agreement for over 11 years now. How can you even imagine that after 11 years of undermined sanctions, that the US is now resorting to force as a first option?
Most of Europe has merely been critical of the UN sanctions while attempting to undermine the same. Europe gave former US president Jimmy Carter a Nobel Peace Prize, largely for his diplomatic achievement of getting the North Koreans to abandon their nuclear weapons program... of course, as soon as Jimmy Carter received his prize, the N. Koreans announced that they did indeed have the bomb, and bio-weapons too. In light of that, and of all that is known regarding Iraq's weapon program, Europe still believes that diplomatic efforts have not yet been exhausted. European policy: talk, even if it is useless; never resort to the use of force.