Here’s a chart that should interest us. Take a look – you might be amazed.
I tried to find the cute, attention-getting graphic that got MY attention as I was reading tthe Zofingen Tagblatt, but couldn’t. I’ll just have to set the scene for you: nine little green plastic toy soldiers in various states of soldierdom – pointing a machine gun, using binoculars, talking n a radio, firing an RPG, getting ready to toss a grenade…
Behind each soldier is a flag – U.S. Frrench, Swiss, German…and ending with China. They are arranged from right to left in descending order of spending per person of population.
Got that picture? OK, Here we go…
($/person in thousands and total $ spending in billions)
US 2,213 670.6B
France 890 58.2B
Switzerland 584 4.6B
Germany 532 43.5B
Italy 525 31.9B
Belgium 467 5.1B
Austria 393 3.3B
Spain 302 14.0B
China 96 129.3B
This is, of course, the Euro-centric view of military spending. I’m not sure what their point was, except that the illustration was part of the ongoing Swiss discussion of whether or how many Swedish Gryphon fighter jets they should buy. I saw one figure of Fr. 300 million, less than ten percent of the military budget as reported above.
Recall that after WW I, Germany was not allowed to spend anything on rearming.
One thought – if the legislators, nearly all well past military age, get all of their aggression released by spending tons of their citizens’ money on military stuff, maybe it’s not such a bad thing?