Crises in Ukraine, Libya Confront NATO With Risk of Division

NATO headquarters, Brussels, Belgium, Jan. 8, 2015 (NATO photo).
NATO headquarters, Brussels, Belgium, Jan. 8, 2015 (NATO photo).
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This past weekend, militants in Libya aligned with the so-called Islamic State (IS) brutally executed 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians they had captured. As the victims’ blood flowed into the Mediterranean Sea, their executioner declared, “We will conquer Rome, by Allah’s permission.” Even as most of Europe’s attention remains focused on the east and the fighting in Ukraine, the horrific murders highlight the threat the continent faces to the south. They also serve as yet another reminder, if one were necessary, that the operation to depose former Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, once praised as a successful example of the responsibility to […]

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