Germany Debates Defense: The NATO Alliance at the Crossroads

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Germany Debates Defense: The NATO Alliance at the Crossroads

Edited by Rudolf Steinke and Michel Vale
Sharpe, 1983
215 pp. $22.50
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German anxieties and hopes are exemplified by this collection of essays, written by experts and political commentators. The nature of the Soviet threat is discussed and a professional soldier, now retired, writes: "The potential of the Soviet Union and its allies to wage war is clearly inferior to the West's." The book sums up much of the moderate and not so moderate criticism of existing NATO strategy and in many instances argues for alternatives, such as a nuclear-free zone, and explicitly or implicitly for greater movement on the German question itself. Useful reading for the complacent-those who think that the status quo can last forever.