NATO in Afghanistan: World War in One Country
"Afghanistan is the battleground on which NATO effected the transition, the escalation, from airwars to ground wars..The war in Afghanistan has in fact represented a historic expansion for NATO inaugurating the bloc's 'jumping outside the European boundaries' to Africa and elsewhere..
It has also been employed to meld the militaries of over 50 Nations - including those of Afghanistan and Pakistan - under a unified command and into a combat experienced and integrated global force ready for future attacks, invasions, occupations and other interventions far from Euro-Atlantic space.
Never before have troops from 50 nations served in one war theater, in one country.
Afghanistan has, whether by convenience, design or some combination of the two, been transformed into a vast training ground for the consolidation of a fifty-nation military structure that has already been extended into Central Africa, the Caucasus, Eastern Europe, the Horn of Africa, the Indian Ocean and the Middle East..
It is also a testing range for new 21st century weapons and combat systems intended for future use around the world.
If US and NATO forces were to withdraw en masse from the country tomorrow, the above results would not be lost to war planners in Washington and Brussels.."