Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 9th Mar 2010 16:58 UTC
Legal We have some very, very good news for Europeans (which happens to include myself): we have the European Parliament on our sides when it comes to battling ACTA. If you may recall, ACTA is basically an attempt by the US to impose upon the rest of the world draconian measures like three strikes laws and the DMCA. All parties within the European Parliament have together put forth a resolution that would effectively tackle ACTA.
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The whole reason that most EU states get away with not having much of an army of their own is because the U.S. -- they guys with the biggest military of any single nation on Earth -- is guaranteeing their security from outside threats for them.

I believe the Chinese military's actually bigger, in terms of troops. ;)
The whole reason, for example, that Japan can be right next to China, with the history they have an tension between those states that exists, and not have a standing army is because the U.S. has kindly pledged our own military to their defence!

I thought the reason Japan was right next to china was more to do with plate tectonics, vulcanism and sea levels? ;)
To be fair though - in this case Japan's existence vs China's slight expansionist tendencies probably is far more complex than "the US has lots of guns"... besides the historical separation, it traces back to before WWII (Japan occupied big chunks of china for quite a while there), and also involves the USSR (when it existed), as well as the insane amount of money the US poured (directly or indirectly) into post-war Japan.
Whilst the US's military might certainly has a massive impact on global politics, it's simplistic and wrong when people argue along the lines that the US is the primary protector of the "free world".

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