February 8, 2008

Europe role in NATO

Whether we should be there or not is a separate issue, NATO is there and everyone NATO country should play their part. Its crazy that the US, British, Dutch & Canada are on active duty whilst many other European countries are hidden away in the relative safety of Northern Afghanistan.

The reputation of this organisation is at stake. We expect it of the Italians but Germany/France they should hang their heads in shame.

As a NATO member state Germany is obliged to send troops when and where they are required. Arguments about illegal wars may resonate regarding Iraq, but Afghanistan is different - it is and consistently has been a UN-mandated mission in which NATO has played a crucial role. It's high time nations other than the US, UK, Canada and the Netherlands deployed more troops, or at least ended the various caveats which hinder their current operations.

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