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The Strategist

15 Januar, 2010 (15:35) | Politics | By: pooq

A „distant and safe“ country? This sounds like the kingdom of the elves far in the west, where they sail too when they are fed up with all the ongoing trouble in Middleearth.

I could not have guessed more wrongly. This article is about New Zealand a boring bunch of islands in the middle of nowhere. And honestly the author is discussing the defence abilities of this spot. He says that the „distance + ocean = safety“ calculation did not work in World War II and it will work even less now in the „heightened competition between the United States, China and other great powers“. „As a trading nation, a vital interest for New Zealand is open and safe global sea lanes.“

What kind of analysis should that be? As far as I know they don’t have any important resources as oil or ores and a temporarily shortage of wool would be no real threat to economy. And all in all the country is following the best defence strategy ever by making itself so boring and useless that noone but a few underaged tourists would bother if it were choosen for some new nuclear tests (maybe the Australians would in that case, but in the end they would come to the „better them than us“ insight).
So the only kind of value might be some geostrategical. But maybe someone should consult Greenpeace on their experiences with the safety of stationing ships there.