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The NATO Summit brought together the chief executives of 19 nations
who assumed the authority to ignore the NATO Charter and the U.N.
Charter and inflict war upon a sovereign nation. Milosevic’s inhumanity
to the Kosovars is despicable; it is, however, far less threatening to
the future of civilization than the unauthorized action taken by NATO.

The American experience has demonstrated to the world that the first
principle of self-governance should be that government power arises
from, and is limited by, the consent of the people. Milosevic does not
recognize this first principle; neither does NATO. The U.S. Congress,
the voice of the people, did not declare war on Yugoslavia; NATO did.
Mr. Clinton’s election to be the chief executive officer did not empower
him to become the voice of the American people. His election empowered
him only to execute the laws enacted by the U.S. Congress. He has
usurped congressional authority by committing American troops to the
illegal war in Yugoslavia.

In a recent speech in Chicago, Prime Minister Tony Blair said NATO
had a “moral imperative” to act. Neither the American, nor the British
people expressed that moral imperative through their elected
representatives. The chief executives took it upon themselves to act
without the consent of the people. Had the American people felt a moral
imperative to act, their consent to act should have been expressed
through their elected officials, and then, and only then, should the
chief executive have executed the will of the people.

The decision to act in Yugoslavia, taken by 19 heads of State,
represents a major expansion of NATO’s responsibility, and a major
departure from the traditional decision-making process. It is no mere
coincidence that both the action and the process conform to the
recommendations of the U.N.-funded Commission on Global Governance (CGG)
recommendations published in their 1995 report entitled Our Global
Neighborhood.
The report calls for
a new definition of the term “security,” and calls on the international
community to ensure “security” for all people, which is defined to
include food, shelter, equity, and even freedom from disruptions in
daily routines.

The NATO Summit in Washington openly acknowledged that the 19 heads
of State accepted the expanded responsibility recommended by the CGG,
and decided on their own to invade a sovereign nation, with no legal
authority, to satisfy what they considered to be a “moral imperative.”
NATO’s new expanded mission has become the subject of columnists and TV
talk shows. Presidential historian, Michael Beschloss acknowledged the
expanded mission on a PBS show earlier this week, and expressed concern
that the president had failed to even discuss with Congress or the
American people, the goals or the cost of NATO’s adventure in
Yugoslavia.

If this precedent is allowed to stand, 19 people will have plunged
the world into a new era, advocated by a 28-member, self-appointed,
Commission on Global Governance, with NATO as the primary enforcer of
its new definition of security for the people. Nowhere in the CGG report
is there the slightest recognition that government power arises from the
consent of the people. Quite to the contrary, the CGG report assumes
government power to be absolute, and that it should be administered by
professionals to ensure equity, social and environmental justice.

The CGG report explicitly calls for participation in government
decisions by representatives of “civil society.” Of course, civil
society is defined to be only those non-government organizations that
are accredited by the United Nations. Accreditation by the U.N. requires
a declaration of support of the goals of the U.N. and two years of
demonstrated activities in support of the U.N. Individuals and
organizations that do not meet these requirements are referred to as
“populist activists” who can “destroy years of deliberation.”

After 50 years of defending the world from the tyranny of socialism,
communism, Hitler, and other challenges to America’s first principle of
self governance, NATO has taken the first major step toward becoming an
instrument of the same kind of tyranny. When government power can be
unleashed by 19 individuals, acting without the consent of the governed,
tyranny is the inevitable result. It is, indeed, a sad, sad, 50th
birthday for NATO.

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