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  0. Which meaning of "realist" are you using?
This.

   1. What level of military strength is required for "seriousness"? Enough to make it too expensive to conquer you? Enough to fight wars on three fronts at a time? Enough to destroy the planet? Why is it not possible to be taken seriously if you're not militarily strong?

The question has more than one answer. If you want to be taken seriously as a regional player, you need be strong enough to influence the region. If you want to be taken serious globally you also need to be able to project power globally. If you want Great Powers to take you seriously, you need nuclear weapons.

   2. People with assault rifles need to worry about people with spears when they engage them on their own territory.

No, they don't.

   3. Since when was "Great Britain" a "Great Power"?

Since somewhere back in the mists of time, 17th-18th century.

Don't mistake Great Power status for superpower status (or some intermediate between great and super power), which Britain lost in 1956. Or rather after WW2 except it didn't show until 1956.

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.

by Starvid on Wed Jul 15th, 2009 at 06:55:11 AM EST
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