Obama, NATO shouldn't pick fight with Russia

To the editor:

I read recently that Russian President Vladimir Putin has announced he is sending 1,000 Russian troops to the Mexican state of Chihuahua as part of his effort to reinforce Russia's presence on the frontiers near the United States.

No, that's not true. I made it up. But it WOULD scare me and unsettle me if it WERE true.

What I did read, however, (Eagle, July 9) is that Obama has announced he is sending 1,000 additional troops to Poland as part of a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) effort "to reinforce its presence on the alliance's frontiers near Russia."

How do you expect President Putin (and Ivan Ivanovich on Main Street, Russia) to take this move ? They might not like it any more than we would like to see Russian troops gathering on the frontier in Chihuahua, Mexico, to reinforce their presence there.

NATO was created, and exists, to counter the perceived threat of expanding international communism from Russia and the Soviet Union. As such it is an anachronism — passé.

The proper and meaningful purpose of an organization like NATO today is to control terrorists and combat terrorism. That is where the threat lies. To do this, NATO needs the cooperation of Russia, not its antagonism.

NATO should be made into an International Alliance for Peace and Security (IAPS), and as such should include Russia as an integral member.


Daniel H. Daniels, Spencertown, N.Y.