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NATO事務総長が米国支持

 


NATOは軍事同盟ですからこの支持表明は驚かないですが、スピーチと合わせてWSJにも投稿していました。まず、スピーチの記事です。

Islamic State's Actions 'Close to Genocide,' Says NATO Chief
Rasmussen Warns Against Countries Turning Inward and Ignoring Dangers
By NAFTALI BENDAVID CONNECT
Updated Sept. 15, 2014 2:38 p.m. ET

BRUSSELS— Anders Fogh Rasmussen, secretary-general of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, strongly backed the U.S.-led mission against Islamic State on Monday, saying the group's actions were "very close to genocide."

NATO has little, if any, role in the operation, and not all NATO members are taking part, especially given a certain war weariness in various countries. But Mr. Rasmussen said, "We have seen again and again that appeasement does not lead to peace, it just incites tyrants."

下記のような部分は音声で聞くとなおさら耳に残ります。Vで始まる形容詞を三回続けて使っています。

"Their agendas and ideologies are different," he said. "But they are virulent, violent, and viciously anti-Western."

国際情勢をそれほど真剣に追っていないので、事務総長は今月末で任期が切れ、新しい方が就任するのを知りませんでした(汗)今度はノルウェーの元首相のようですね。

Mr. Rasmussen's replacement at NATO's helm will be Former Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, selected by NATO members in part because of his long experience in dealing with Russia. NATO's military commander—currently Gen. Philip M. Breedlove —is, by tradition, an American, while its civilian leader comes from a non-U.S. NATO member.

WSJに投稿したものは、スピーチとほぼ同じ内容です。

OPINION
The Dual Threats to Western Values
The Islamic State and Vladimir Putin's Russia are enemies of liberty, democracy and the rule of law.

By ANDERS FOGH RASMUSSEN
Sept. 15, 2014 7:25 p.m. ET

オバマ大統領のスピーチもそうでしたが、軍事行動を擁護しようとすると民主主義の擁護などブッシュWのトーンに似てしまうんですよね。

We are confronted by forces of oppression that reject our liberal democracy and our liberal, rules-based international order. While their agendas and ideologies are different, they are virulently against the West and what we represent. They will grasp every opportunity to undermine our values of individual liberty, freedom, democracy, the rule of law and human rights.

In this age of unrest and revisionism, free societies must stand strong and united as a force for freedom. We must be prepared to act when we have to. We must work with like-minded nations. And we must show confidence in our own values.

軍事行動賛成派が慎重になっている陣営を批判する場合にはappeasementという言葉を使うことが多いですね。

These values are now under threat. They cannot be taken for granted. As we approach the end of over a decade of fighting in Afghanistan, there is a temptation to turn inward. But the world will not become less dangerous just because we wish it to be. Threats will not go away just because we want to look away. We must keep a global perspective and counter isolationism and retreat.

If we fail to defend democracy, forces of oppression will seize the opportunity. Because appeasement does not lead to peace. It just incites the tyrants. Failure to counter oppression will only invite further oppression. Military action will always be the last resort, but we must be able to use it when we need to. Not to wage war, but to build peace.





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