Originally posted by AThousandYoung
This may belong in Culture, but I think it belongs here.
I think it adds a great deal of insight to listen to the nature of the music associated with different wars. Specifically, I'm studying the defining songs of two wars that are often compared.
We Gotta Get Out Of This Place
Images of ...[text shortened]... strial Complex, etc.
What does your nation (whatever it is) realistically NEED militarily?
The lack of conscription does change a lot. I agree on that.
It also makes it more difficult to play into the guilt of the soldiers and their conduct (with Israel being an exception... although the drug abuse of ex-IDF'ers in Thailand and India could be a sign of guilt, it still doesn't resonate within their society in general).
There is no war on terror. It's a fable. It's a PR stunt ala "wag the dog".
There are wars for power, there are wars for resources and there are wars for land.
Religion, terror, culture, "yours or mine" are means to an end.
To answer your question: the Netherlands does not need a standing army as such. There is too much border and the countries around us produce far too many people to be able to actively fight against.
The Dutch military should focus solely on training small groups of elite forces in setting up small groups of "resistance fighters". This way they can defend the country from within when the Netherlands is presented by a larger danger and can set up cells in other countries when the need arises.
Far more effective and cost efficient.