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NATO should help fight terrorism

April 9, 2009
The Daily Mining Gazette

President Barack Obama told leaders of European nations last week that the United States should not be expected to shoulder all of the burden of defeating Islamic terrorists in Afghanistan. As usual, the reaction was that other NATO countries will help - with civilian aid and funding.

It is unfortunate that the United States has no choice but to do whatever it takes to destroy the terrorists. We are their primary target, after all.

But few NATO countries have done much to aid us in the fight. To date, 673 Americans have been killed in Afghanistan. Only Great Britain, with 152 deaths, and Canada, with 116, have taken roles anywhere near as active. Leaders and residents of those nations deserve the gratitude of Americans.

We don't know what - if anything - Obama can do to increase NATO participation in the bloody, expensive work that lies ahead in Afghanistan.

The unfortunate fact of the matter, again, is that Americans cannot simply walk away from the confrontation with Islamic terrorists.



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