Wednesday, December 19, 2007

NATO 2007 End of Year Message

NATO Secretary General, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer

On the eve of the festive season I would like to share with you my thoughts on the months ahead.

But first I want to address the people we owe most in this organisation – the men and women in uniform. Over 60000 of you currently serve with distinction in NATO-led operations in different parts of the world. Your dedication, courage, professionalism and hard work are a credit to you and to NATO. The risks you take in fulfilling dangerous missions – in Afghanistan, in Kosovo, in the Mediterranean, as well as providing training in Iraq and helping logistically the African Union with its mission in Darfur – say so much about your commitment to security and stability goals. This commitment is greatly appreciated and embodies the highest standard of excellence associated with the Alliance. At this time of the year our thoughts are in particular with the families of those who have paid the highest price in these operations: your sacrifices will not be forgotten and have not been made in vain.

Next year promises to be just as active as the passing one. The whole NATO community – civilians and military alike – will be burning midnight oil to prepare for the key event at the beginning of April: the Bucharest Summit of NATO.

Important decisions await the leaders of 26 Allied countries. They will deliberate on the further enlargement of NATO, on strategic guidance shaping the nature of our continued engagement in Afghanistan and Kosovo, as well as on all the crucial projects essential for tackling major security challenges confronting us. This list includes such diverse topics as fight against terrorism, missile defence, new capabilities, energy security or cyber defence.

I am also convinced that coming months will broaden and intensify NATO’s dialogue and cooperation with our partners. We will strive to improve further a team-work approach with the United Nations and with the European Union. And we will also work more in the framework of the Partnership for Peace, Mediterranean Dialogue and Istanbul Cooperative Initiative. We will spare no efforts to resolve existing differences with the Russian Federation, to support reform efforts in Ukraine.

This is a long list of goals. But NATO is a busy Alliance. Projecting stability where it is needed. Building global partnerships, where they make sense. And standing as a unique forum for transatlantic consultation on security issues. All, as ever, to preserve the security of the citizens of NATO countries and the broader international community.

NATO will continue to make its contribution to international security in 2008. I wish you and your loved ones a safe and happy year. And once again, I send my best wishes, and warm thanks, to the NATO and Partner soldiers far away from home during this festive season.


Constance Cumbey said...

Your work here is OUTSTANDING! I have added a link to "" from my own blogspot. Congratulations. Just wish I had noticed it sooner!

setterman said...

Yes, I am in awe at what you and Rich, and Farmer are doing; so much material and so well presented.
Thanks for all the hard work. I think Rudi will be next.
Yours in Christ:

johnny said...

To Constance and Setterman,

Thank you ever so much for your kind words.

As I've been on Christmas vacation away from my computer and getting much needed rest I am slowly catching up with my thoughts from 2007 to now, the first day of 2008.

There is much to write about and so little time to do it. I really am honored and appreciative of your thoughts, support and feedback.

Our families New Years Eve scripture reflection:

1 Thess 5: 1-11

The Day of the Lord
1 But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I should write to you.

2 For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night.

3 For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape.

4 But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief.

5 You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness.

6 Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober.

7 For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk are drunk at night.

8 But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation.

9 For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,

10 who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him.

11 Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing.

johnny said...


As I've been on vacation and enjoying the NFL games I sincerely pray Rudi and Dawn go for the two points and then the onside kick - that is "Get Their Blogs Up and running!!".

In one of my posts entitled, Walvoord's Brief Period of Preparation,
I've discovered the power elites principle composers of globalisation are the JOURNALISTS.

Yes, Cultural Propagandists.

We can use this same tactic for those that are asleep and to those that are waking up.

I really pray they act on this.

johnny said...

Hope to be there today for Constance's broadcast.


Rudi said...

Happy New Year Johnny!
I absolutely agree with Constance and Setterman. I have the hardest time comprehending the political
side of world happenings but between Constance, Dorothy, Rich, farmer and you, plus others who supply additional comments at your various blogs, I'm beginning to get a better understanding. REALLY
appreciate all the hard work! Is your signiture at the end of your last post your e-mail? -Rudi

johnny said...

Hi, Rudi!

Yes my nickname on PalTalk is "johnnynoglobal".

I hope to see you and everyone there today. I'm sure Constance has a lot of things to talk about for the upcoming year.

Loved reading Holly's 2007 thoughts on FP.

Let me know when you get your blog going.


oldmanoftheski said...

Johnny said "I've discovered the power elites principle composers of globalisation are the JOURNALISTS." The AOC Madrid Conference agenda is heavily loaded with media matters. The most alarming to me is entitiled Working Session 7: Rapid Response Media Mechanism...which describes how the AOC intends to position their experts to work closely with media producers to "frame the debate".

johnny said...

Thanks oldmanoftheski.

Here is it's description:

Working Session 7 - Rapid Response Media Mechanism

The aim of this session will be to discuss the development of a
Rapid Response Media Mechanism to provide a platform for
voices that can help reduce tensions in times of cross-cultural
crises. To bring this initiative to life, the Alliance intends to
develop a broad network of personalities and experts who are
strongly involved in cross-cultural issues and can be mobilized as
soon as a crisis emerges. Working closely with media editors and
producers, the Alliance will seek to maximize the impact of their
perspectives on public opinion with a view to help framing the
debate in less polarizing terms.
Participants: Editors and producers of media outlets from
diverse regions, representatives of public relations firms,
prominent personalities and experts interested in contributing
media content during times of heightened cross-cultural tensions.

Constance Cumbey said...

Thanks for the 2008 update. Good work!