Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
I will sound unspecific on purpose.  Military = bad. Peace = possible progress.  That´s my ETopia, but there is logic too.

*The majority, if not all, the wars and devastation right now have been started by a greedy one, or few and their multinationals, now whining for help.

*That requires agreed (mop-up) efforts that affect all major powers, which then escalate their defenses/offenses in supposed "cooperation".  Building the barn after the horse is gone.

*That seems to escalate conflict, in an endless snowball, besides taking funds away from social priorities.

If a country just stayed within its current defense means, it would not offend, nor dare another country, but would negotiate and stop the one-upmanship.

As far as I know, a country like Switzerland doesn´t have much of an army and is not even asked to do the dirty work, because it doesn´t cause any.  And is not planning on making any messes, either.  That´s more than smart, not selfish.  The country that makes a mess should clean it up, too.

What are the Swiss doing right?

(When the new Spanish Minister of Defense was sworn in, I sent him a small post-it for his pc frame that said "Future Ministry of Peace")

Our knowledge has surpassed our wisdom. -Charu Saxena.

by metavision on Wed Nov 1st, 2006 at 03:00:49 PM EST

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