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Uhh, I do agree with you.

On the other hand, I am a German. :)
And France was a really important trade partner to Germany both before WW1 and WW2. IIRC the most important before WW2. So trade and profit in itself doesn´t seem to be enough to avoid war. Especially if one side can point to alleged grievances not solved by the last peace treaty.

And concerning South America. You´re trying to tell me that all of the countries there are now stable democracies? No chance that any of the countries there will revert back to military dictatorships?

Simply put, I don´t want a shooting war with either Russia or some South American country. I think we should just pay the insurance policy (defense budget) to ensure that both of them aren´t tempted to try their luck.

We don´t have to be strong enough to conquer them. We simply have to be strong enough to defeat them if they attack us.

by Detlef (Detlef1961_at_yahoo_dot_de) on Wed Oct 15th, 2008 at 05:38:03 PM EST
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No, I don't think that South America will have a massive re-lapse into dictatorships. But even apart from that, I really don't think that Cayenne is sufficiently valuable to the European Union to justify a serious shooting war over it. If they want it badly enough to risk embargoes, blockades and the various and sundry other creative means of making other countries miserable that the Union has available, I don't think we have much of a chance of keeping it in the long run anyway.

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Wed Oct 15th, 2008 at 05:56:52 PM EST
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French overseas departments are parts of the French Republic (unlike, say, Polynesia, but like Alsace). An actual invasion could probably end with large mushrooms somewhere in South America.

Un roi sans divertissement est un homme plein de misères
by linca (antonin POINT lucas AROBASE gmail.com) on Wed Oct 15th, 2008 at 06:19:09 PM EST
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We don´t have to be strong enough to conquer them. We simply have to be strong enough to defeat them if they attack us.

... where it seems that the primary role of either of these vessels is not in defending against an attack but in instigating an attack.

I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.

by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Wed Oct 15th, 2008 at 11:38:08 PM EST
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