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Submitted by myth (Germany), Jan 22, 2012 at 14:58

Stanley, all european countries differ in their wartime experience, say the last hundred years back. The german perspective looks like this: defense, what defense ? Wars have not happened to Germany, we started them. Two of them on a worldwar scale with a fair share of barbarism include for free. There is no feel for an outside threat, deterrence nor defense. It is simply not part of our history, nobody has been attacking us. That includes the cold war and the soviets who we attacked 70 years ago. As for the rest of western europe, we, the germans used to be the threat. Now we are allies, nothing to worry about any longer.

On top of it all there is the scale of all the available threats. Nothing today is on the scale of having the US and royal airforce firebombing our cities day and night. Except for, of course, the US were to repeat this. Measured by our, the german historical standard, we are living in peaceful times.

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