NATO in Afghanistan

The Dutch are needed not only for their soldiers, but also for the Apache combat helicopters required to operate successfully in the region.

If they do drop out, Nato will almost certainly find a substitute and limit the damage with a carefully crafted diplomatic fudge - a normal part of managing the alliance. But it would probably impose a bigger burden on the British. And it would be worse in a way than when Spain's new socialist government pulled its forces out of Iraq after the Madrid bombings in 2004.

Oh goody.


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