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The end of Nato

It is time for the EU to take responsibility for its own security

By Anatol Lieven   December 2001

In the elaborate dance being conducted over European participation in the US war in Afghanistan the steps are as follows: the Europeans pretend that they want to send troops to Afghanistan; the Americans pretend that they want them there; and all participants have to pretend that the dance is taking place to the music of Nato.

Why? The Europeans have to show willingness to send troops to help America because they know that otherwise US domestic pressure to withdraw US troops from the Balkans will become overwhelming. The Europeans also know that their own populations will never accept either serious…

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