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Tobin Harshaw

Islamic State Isn't NATO's War

Even if member states contributed troops, the alliance is ill suited to counterterrorism.
Stay home.

Stay home.

Photographer: Sean Gallup

Now that France achieved its immediate revenge on Islamic State with a series of bombing raids on Raqqa, Syria, it has to come up with a meatier, long-term response to the Paris terrorist attacks.

One idea making the rounds is France asking NATO to invoke its Article 5, which holds that if one nation in the Atlantic alliance is attacked, each member will take "such action as it deems necessary, including the use of armed force, to restore and maintain the security of the North Atlantic area.”