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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The1stImmortal
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2005-10-20

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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boldingd Member since:
2009-02-19

Thank you for a more direct and reasonable response.

Simplistic, but maybe not completely wrong. I'm not trying to demand that the rest of the Free World pay up, because the U.S. army is all that stands between them and Eternal Night at the hands of the USSR, Communist China and Allah. At all. What I'm trying to do is point out to O'reilly (if I remember his name right) that the US and EU are not competing militarily, and that we are, in fact, close allies and economic partners.

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Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

I'm not trying to demand that the rest of the Free World pay up, because the U.S. army is all that stands between them and Eternal Night at the hands of the USSR, Communist China and Allah. At all.


Perhaps not you but this is exactly the view that America as whole projects, consciously or not, and this is why many find Americans so grating.
Look, we're all thankful for your support and all but there's a point where pride in your accomplishments become arrogant boasting. Most people are really f--king tired of hearing America claim itself the bastion of freedom and the light of the free world.

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