Jonah argues that the Europeans, Japanese and South Koreans tend to see the problems of the world as solvable using diplomacy because that is what they are able to use:
"Irresponsibility, resentment, and self-hatred are the inevitable consequences of excessive dependence on others," wrote Melvyn Krauss in How NATO Weakens the West. Krauss was writing in the late 1980s, when our European allies and Japan were typically spending about half as much as we were on defense (in terms of GNP) and only about a quarter of what the Soviets were spending — despite the fact that our allies were on the front lines of the Cold War. Krauss's argument was simple: By over-relying on our military welfare, our allies were developing bloated social-welfare programs. Moreover, because they didn't take defense seriously, they also began to believe that talk — then called "détente" — would be a more effective solution to the Soviet threat.
Well, the Cold War may be gone, but the "irresponsibility, resentment, and self-hatred" Krauss chronicled has a momentum that's still going strong. France's position in the U.N. Security Council, like that of the antiwar Democrats here in the U.S., amounts to wanting the results a threat of war might yield — disarmament, regime change, etc. — without even the possibility of actually threatening war, under any circumstances.
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