My answer to Have Nato article 5 become very obsolete given that France , Belgium or Turkey fail to invoke article …
Answer by Abbey Laurel-Smith:
First, ISIS is not a nation. It has no territory. Two, Cold War is over. Three, these countries have a huge population of young Muslim boys and girls – all living on the fringes, impoverished and never allowed part of the European system they were born into – in either France or Belgium. As for Turkey, you are open minded if you live in the by cities, but different if you live in the country side.
Fourth and most important, one or two of these countries made us (the U.S and the U.K.) believe that Russia is the enemy and not rabid terrorism. And when badly needed, refused to join or allow access to facilities that would have enabled a good ground work for tackling terrorism.
So ISIS is a home grown or domestic problem for these countries to deal with. NATO's article 5 does not apply. And the current American/Russia/U.K. stance as at now is: NATO membership or not, we'll attack terrorist cells anywhere.
Article 5 is not obsolete, no. It is just being applied as it should have been – no foes no allies.