"The EU countries avoided conflict"?
Who the hell do you think you are Hansen! Perhaps your too blinkered to have noticed that the UK is also in Iraq and Afghanistan and has lost hundreds of troops like the US?
And while we are on the subject, educate yourself and look up online where the French and Dutch and many other countries troops are also. French troops are currently in Mali trying to put down islamic nutjobs that threaten the free west (that is you and me), and the Brits are there as well. Where are the US?
So how dare you be disengenuous to your allies (though with articles like this I sometimes wonder why we are your friends), our brave troops are dying alongside your to trying to preserve freedom for us all.