At the end of World War II, the abiding hope was that the United Nations would assume the role of guardian of freedom and security. Although the U.N. has played an important role worldwide, it has largely been ineffective as the guarantor of global peace and the vanguard of liberty. When the U.N. places countries like Cuba and Libya on its ‘human rights’ commission, or finds itself too mired to muster a vote even to condemn violence in Syria or illicit nuclear activity in Iran, the U.N. loses credibility as the international voice for freedom, and worse, thwarts the progress of freedom and security around the world.
NATO has the opportunity to succeed where the U.N. has failed and become the key international association for democracy and liberty. While most of NATO’s member states are geographically located around the Atlantic, NATO should no longer be limited to exclusively focusing on just the Atlantic. The Atlantic Alliance should seize the opportunity to establish peaceful security for all nations that embrace Western democracy and liberty - wherever those nations may be around the world.