Background - Global Failure: Apprehension, Criticism and Restraint published on August 8, 2014 outlines the situation.
Note: The Paris tragedy has initiated long overdue cooperation between nations of Europe to "stand-up" and take a responsible position. For too long, the United States has been the primary protector of freedom.
Yes, Europe has contributed to past efforts, however, needed to take a position of primary influence in international defense affairs. As a result of the U.S. delay and apprehension in taking action, Europe now senses the danger of not being ever-present.
The status of affairs within and between nations is dependent on the dynamics of personal interests of those controlling the assets. Significant among these assets are political, financial, trade and military resources.
Momentum, the direction of a driving force, internal or external, represents the predictability of affairs between nations. Momentum must change before the direction of affairs will change.
For momentum to change, an external influence is necessary. There must be some real or perceived threat to the status of the political, financial, trade and military resources of those controlling the assets.
Acknowledgement of internal or external influences and threats can occur slowly over a protracted period of months or years. Acknowledgement can also occur in a matter of minutes or days given the enormity or severity of an action.
Current influences representing real or perceived threats are:
Domestic and international terrorism in the form of harm to citizens, governments and their assets.
Domestic and international funding and investment in activities, commercial or philanthropic, which limit societal integration and adherence to established national doctrine.
Legal decisions which undermine or supplant established national doctrine.
Restricting or removing the individual rights, liberties and freedoms of citizens established by national doctrine.
Unauthorized acquisition of proprietary information, digital or written, of legal entities or citizens of the nation.
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Support for threats can be interpreted by failure to acknowledge and correct them, or via ignorance, stupidity and idiocy, allowing them.
Failure to take appropriate action may be interpreted as treachery, disloyalty, subversion, betrayal, and duplicity. Such failure may be for personal gain of a temporary nature.
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