Great point about Europe's backyard. But reversing the idea is enlightening as well. The French, who have consistently dragged their feet on Iraq, have more of an economic interest there than we do. If Serbia were sitting on top of a bunch of black gold, and had the oil money to also be an importer of European goods, the French might have held NATO back in the same way. Funny that the peace crowd at home cries, "Not another war for oil!" Perhaps the dissidents (i.e., hawks) in France should say, "Not another phony peace for oil..."