October 13, 2010


Sun Tzu and European Defence: the lack of common views on major issues strongly hampers any development of a common defence.

Posted by f. on 13/10/10
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Sun Tzu said:
The art of war, then, is governed by five constant factors, to be taken into account in one’s deliberations, when seeking to determine the conditions obtaining in the field.
These are: (1) The Moral Law; (2) Heaven; (3) Earth; (4) The Commander; (5) Method and discipline.
The Moral Law causes the people to [...]

European Armed Forces: the diverging and self-imposed limitations to the use of armed forces on the national territory.

Posted by f. on 11/10/10
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In the perspective of the development of European Defence (I prefer to precise: in the long term, very long term perspective of…), some comparisons are regularly made on the different conditions or limitations to the use of armed forces on national soil.

This is the focal point of a question raised [...]

Sun Tzu and European Defence: a state must live with the idea of war. Europe simply denies war.

Posted by f. on 08/10/10
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Sun Tzu said: The art of war is of vital importance to the State.
It is a matter of life and death, a road either to safety or to ruin. Hence it is a subject of inquiry that can on no account be neglected.
This is a real matter of concern, which drives national defence policies. [...]

EU Operations: the Limits of Civilian Police Forces, the Strengths of Military Police.

Since the very beginning of operations in Afghanistan, exactly 2002 for the German Police Project, Germany has been training the Afghan Police as a contribution to the reconstruction of the state of law.
However, times are becoming harder for the German Police. Die Zeit, the German weekly newspaper of reference, has published on 5th September an [...]

Last Night of the Proms: why Europe will never be a hard power and why it’s a long way to an effective European Defence.

Posted by f. on 04/10/10
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Today, while writing another post, I had opened my browser and was listening more precisely on some songs on YouTube.

And so what, would you say?
One of those songs was “Rule Britannia”. Every nation needs myths to forge its unity. Myths of Glory, might it belong to the past, the present [...]