Guess Who's Coming To Dinner

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On the March: Female members of Iraq’s national militia in Baghdad

When it comes to military interventions — whether in Kosovo, Afghanistan or Iraq — the United States and its allies in the European Union have arrived at an effective if somewhat lopsided division of labor: the U.S. does most of the actual fighting (preferably from the air) and the E.U. keeps the peace. Or, to put it in less flattering terms, the Americans make the dinner, and the Europeans do the dishes. But with the Bush Administration serving up the prospect of a fresh invasion of Iraq, Europeans are increasingly alarmed at the size of the mess they might be asked...

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