Evening ladies & gents! Ref ShortList magazine 14/02/08 that some tramp handed me in Westminster today. Who's Building Military Muscle? Page 8, Notebook news: IMHO Azerbaijan, Georgia et al are possible flashpoints, but I find the vast increase of Russian & Chinese arms quite a sobering thought. There'll certainly be a changeover in the balance of power at some point. The United States may no longer be in a position of influence in the near future. I wonder what the world will be like with other nations calling the shots Could Britain realistically ally with nations who are so different politically? It certainly puts Britain in an interesting position, we may have a proud military tradition & enthusiasm to perform on the world stage, but what use is that against such numbers? We can't realistically operate now without sceptic support. Perhaps we should forge closer ties with our European allies? Though at this time NATO can't even co-operate effectively! Your thoughts?