What is globalisation of war?
When we talk about globalisation, we think about world trade, international monetary flows or institutions like the IMF, the World Bank or the WTO. But this economic globalisation also has its military correlary. New York Times' columnist Thomas Friedman said: "The hidden hand of the market will never work without a hidden fist. McDonald's cannot flourish without McDonnell Douglas, the builder of the F-15. And the hidden fist that keeps the world safe for Silicon Valley 's technologies is called the United States Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps."
You pay for, and perhaps your work contributes to, military forces which can be rapidly deployed everywhere in the world. We make war under the labels of 'military humanitarian intervention' and 'war against terrorism'. Why? For our security? To protect our interests? Which are these interests?
What is military force in a global world?
Military force is based on fire power and mobility. Who on a certain point can mass a bigger destruction force than his enemy, wins the battle. To play the boss on a global scale, implies to make this fire power very mobile by giving it a greater reach and by making sure you can rapidly move big volumes. 'Power projection' is the key word, or 'to move military force globally'.
Americans or Europeans: worldwide intervention where our interests are at stake.
“Americans are from Mars and Europeans are from Venus”, as Robert Kagan said. The US has the biggest military force and dares to use it. Europe would rather choose for diplomacy, for international agreements and rules, for negotiation and co-operation. But European countries support the US war machine. And what about the military ambition of the European Union? Americans or Europeans: they want to intervene worldwide where their interests are at stake.