NATO 60th Anniversary: 1949 Footage of the Original Signing Session of the North Atlantic Treaty


For us, war is not inevitable. We do not
believe that there are blind tides of history which sweep men one way or
another. In our own time, we’ve seen brave men overcome obstacles that seem
insurmountable, and forces that seem overwhelming. Men with courage and vision
can still determine their own destiny. They can choose slavery or freedom, war
or peace. I have no doubt, which they will choose. The treaty we’re signing here
today is evidence of the path they will follow. If there is anything certain
today, if there is anything inevitable in the future, it is the will of the people
of the world for freedom and for peace. We will now proceed to the signing of
the North Atlantic Treaty. The treaty shall enter into force
between the states which have ratified it. As soon as the ratifications of the
majority of the signatories, including the ratifications of Belgium, Canada,
France, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States have
been deposited.

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