October 8, 2010
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. In its international relations and strategic concept, the European Union does not want to answer that paramount question: what are the threats which could make European countries wage war?
European Union gathers countries having such diverse foreign policies that they would even never agree on the existence of a risk of war. Some of them have almost banned it from their political system, claiming that neutrality is the best security (history has shown that this is not always the best solution, unless you accept dictatorship at your borders).
Some other countries have nuclear weapons, others do not simply want to hear about these weapons and demand those to be banned of the European soil.
Some are still looking at their immediate border, living in the fear of a sudden and massive invasion, while others are directly involved in war on terrorism all over the world and have assessed that their will be no more war against a EU state within the next twenty years.
I have already published a post on defence colleges, which have banned the word ‘war’ from their names. As well the EU itself does not own any structure to study war, as this would be almost a crime in some of our countries.
As long as Europe will not be able to study war and will deny that it belongs to the normality of states, Nations will prefer to rely on their own assets and capabilities or on a group of forerunners who share the same views. For this reason, I would prefer permanent structured cooperation to be very selective, as “war is of vital importance for the State”. Do not leave it to idealists believing in Wilsonian principles.
A previous post, dealing as well with the word ‘war’:f.