October 24, 2007

More soldiers for Afghanistan

The United States is pressing its Nato allies to provide more soldiers for the military operation in Afghanistan. The Americans currently provide about half the 35,000 Nato soldiers in Afghanistan, where resurgent Taleban militants are fighting in the south.

Judging by the number of NATO casualties in Afghanistan, it is clear that only the USA, UK and Canada have seen active duties while others, such as Turkey with its large army, have managed to keep their soldiers away from the front lines. I believe the time is right to rationalize NATO and to eject these non-combative countries for their lack of intestinal fortitude. NATO is a military alliance. Fighting is not optional.

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