posted on Nov, 19 2002 @ 09:34 AM
Couple quick things for 'iluv2act' with regards to military powers.
First, Italy, considering her size, has a pretty decent military which is relatively modern.
Next, Japan. I agree with you about Japan being an excellent economic source and having a pretty limited military, however, recently Japan has played
support roles in various conflicts.
Finally, Israel. You are dealing with a nation which has been in constant strife since the beginning of time, and yet she has survived. I doubt that
Israel falls in the next 20 years. Many of Israel's neighbors are using rocks and sticks to oppose the Israelis. Frankly, I don't think that a
Merkava Black 4 or an Achazarit will fall to a few rocks. Those nations which do have armored capabilities are YEARS behind Israel's technology.
Next, Russia. Russia has a great deal of military hardware, it makes up the backbone of Russia's economy, however, much of it is outdated. To give
you an idea, Russia still produces the T-34/85, the same tank used during WW2. The modern hardware that Russia has is quite limited, but I still think
that Russia would be a strong ally, especially due to shear numbers alone.