No major war has ravaged Europe since 1945 because of the United States, aka NATO. Yet, the defense pact’s 75th anniversary has passed without much fanfare. And there is quite a bit to celebrate.
Although the European Union claims that national sovereignty must disappear to preserve peace, the EU has no army to defend the continent. Like during the Cold War, also now it is the U.S. that does the heavy lifting in terms of defense. America’s nuclear umbrella and reliable presence kept the Soviets out of Europe and the Europeans away from each other’s throats for 45 years. It still does in the post-Cold War era.