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Old 01-09-2019, 05:12 PM
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No, just that your idea that weakness prevents war is not IMO well-founded.

It would have been better if Iraq hadn't invaded, or if Kuwait had been strong enough to defend herself and deter attack. But the strong attack the weak. The strong becoming weak doesn't change that - just creates another victim.

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Iraq would have been less likely to attack had they a weaker military. Similarly, Israel is less likely to commit aggressive actions if they have a weaker military.
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In 1940, the US was weak militarily. The Japanese thought we could be intimidated into not becoming strong militarily.
This sounds like utter bullshit. I have yet to read that the Japanese had any realistic expectation of defeating the US in a war and were more likely expecting to eventually negotiate a peace that would allow them to continue their adventurism.
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Similarly, Israel is less likely to commit aggressive actions if they have a weaker military.
Yes, but they're also less likely to successfully commit defensive actions is they have a weaker military.
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