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How about we decide to defang NATO and give the UN the teeth? It's a political choice we're constantly renewing, against our best interest.

Also, the breakup of the former Yugoslavia 15 years ago was the primary catalyst for the EU's Common Foreign and Security Policy and the European Defence Agency, both of which are again undermined politically by the primary allegianc EU member states have to the US.

This results in subordinating EU security interests to US ones, and undermining the EU's support for the UN.

100% not in our interest.

I also note that Bosnia is de facto an EU protectorate, and that after the Serbia bombing campaign the US left the EU to deal with the political fallout in Kosovo, which still hasn't fully occurred.

Can the last politician to go out the revolving door please turn the lights off?

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Jun 8th, 2007 at 03:55:04 PM EST
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Totally agree.

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by Sven Triloqvist on Fri Jun 8th, 2007 at 04:03:25 PM EST
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Agree partially.  The UN is a juggernaut that has existed for a long time without doing much of the work NATO has done.  NATO helped keep the peace during the cold war, with its military arm.  Arm the UN, to what purpose.  The only quasi effective military action it could agree on was the defense of S. Korea and then only because the USSR wasn't present for the vote.

True, the European Defense Agency should be able can look after Europe, but who helps the rest of the world?

Why does NATO have to subordinate Europe to US interests?  How does NATO undermine European support for a non-military UN?

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by Gringo (stargazing camel at aoldotcom) on Fri Jun 8th, 2007 at 04:22:11 PM EST
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