of Europe. It is somewhat incongruous that really dramatic reductions in the military threat posed by the Soviet Union could potentially lead to dangerous reductions in the cohesion of the transatlantic community at a time when the solidarity of that community would appear to be absolutely essential. Thus, if there is a bottom line to this chapter, it can only be that all Alliance governments need to come to their senses. Their proclivities for dramatic near-term savings; precipitous, "extra--CFE" arms reductions; and divisive burdensharing arguments present the primary threat to their own security and to the security of all of Europe. Even the instabilities rampant in Eastern Europe will only be a threat to peace if NATO renders itself incapable of credibly standing by or responding coherently if required.