If you think about it, your statement is, by definition, nonsensical.
And who do you think enforces international law? Remember the European countries sat around and watched genocide happening in the Balkans. It took the US to do anything about it. And that was happening next door to "European powers".
This is plainly wrong. The NATO intervention in the Balkans was conducted by primarily by US, UK, French, Belgian and German forces. The European countries also took in a large number of refugees
and the European Union has been working there ever since to improve the standard of living and potentially expand its member base.
Thank you, enough of this, to be very polite, limited
understanding of that situation.
You know who the main exponent of military action was in the Balkans, not at the start in the early 90's, it was after he came to power and two years later the Serbs went on the rampage in Kosovo.
Luckily he had a very good working relationship with President Clinton, guessed who it is yet?
Yes, in 1999 it was one Tony Blair.
They had, being humans dealing with a complex situation, had some arguments, since Clinton knew any major US intervention beyond what had already been done by the US since the mid 90's had very little support at home and for many Americans the question of 'why should we commit more, including ground forces', was not an unreasonable question.
Turns out, I remember reading this at the time, the UK was more than prepared to as the Americans say 'step up'https://www.theguardian.com/world/1999/jul/18/balkans1
I also suspect this threat of direct use of UK or UK led ground forces was leaked to the press, to give the Serbs pause, certainly they were running a PR campaign here as (laughably) innocents picked on by NATO.
Knowing friends who have worked at The Ministry Of Defence for many years, I asked 'was this plan serious?'
As it turned out, some ground forces did 'go in' at the endgame, then this happened;https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Incident_ ... na_airport
I recall some years later that well known geo-political expert Madonna endorsed Wesley Clark as a potential candidate for POTUS!
As for Blair, a sting in the tail, as he left office Clinton warned him about who his successors were and they would not be so easy to deal with. As we all know, Blair and GW Bush got on well, that would not be the issue after 9/11, since in that admin Cheney and his gang were running the show.
For all that, in the wake of that event, November 2001 saw the largest deployment of UK special forces since WW2, in Afghanistan.
But after success, (including for the UK in Sierra Leone in 2000), can come hubris.
Hubris spelt I-R-A-Q.