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Submitted by Magdalene (United States), Oct 18, 2005 at 16:11

I agree that Europe (& the USA) is/are besieged by immigrants from developing nations who want the opportunity for employment & basic necessities for themselves and their families. But the conclusion reached in the article--that the only solution may be military for the more affluent western nations is erroneous.

Instead of immense military budgets (e.g. Britain, the US), money spent improving the economies of these nations & the well-being of their citizens would contribute to a reduction in the pressure to emigrate.

Such financial investment (& it must be substantial) must be tied to commitments by these nations to reduce their birth rates. Of course, it is this latter that the US' current administration would not agree to. Unfortunately.
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