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Some conservatives oppose Sweden and Finland joining NATO. They’re wrong.

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20.05.2022

Most conservatives support adding Sweden and Finland to the NATO alliance, which President Biden endorsed after meeting with leaders of the Nordic nations on Thursday. But some do not. It may be tempting for the right to oppose whatever Biden wants, but opposing their membership is very wrong.

Conservatives who oppose extending NATO northward make a few simple arguments. Some contend that the two countries would not significantly add to the alliance’s strength. Others argue it would be an unnecessary provocation to Russia, which strongly opposes the expansion. They also note that Finland shares an 830-mile border with Russia, which could increase the chance of conflict.

None of these arguments should be blithely ignored, but the balance of factors weighs in the opposite direction. Keeping Europe aligned with the United States has been a cornerstone of U.S. foreign policy since the end of World War II. There’s a simple reason for this: If Europe’s economic might were added to that of our enemies, the combined power would either eventually result in the United States fighting a war it would likely lose or slowly compromise its security or freedom.

This remains true even as the rise of China, India and other nations has tilted the global........

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