The above news item does not speak well of NATO's capability. The NATO response in Afghanistan does not indicate any serious effort towards NATO being a unified organisation. To add to the muddle, there is this idea of putting in place a European Rapid Reaction Force of 60,000 men with air and naval assets added on. Britain is expected to contribute about 12,000 soldiers along with more than 70 combat aircraft and 18 warships. Therefore, what is the relevance of NATO; and when there is NATO, why have a European Rapid Reaction Force? What is the future for this organisation?