NATO defense ministers on Friday were seeking to calm Islamic anger over the Prophet Muhammad cartoons at their first meeting with counterparts from Israel and six Arab nations. “Deescalation is the message we have today,” German Defense Minister Franz Josef Jung said. “We need to make clear how important it is to have a dialogue between cultures.” The NATO ministers stressed the need to modernize the alliance so it can confront new threats — highlighted this week by attacks on its peacekeepers in Afghanistan by Muslim protesters enraged by the publication of the caricatures in European newspapers. Full Story
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