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What happens when military forces occupy their own country?

I have wished for the day to see global peace, but I wonder if the military is a barier or a guardian of the peace. Dont get me wrong I love every soldier that has faught for us and I believe that peace is of most importance but in the 21st century do we need or do we want military forces to protect our country.

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    Jul 23 2012: http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/en/peter_van_uhm_why_i_chose_a_gun.html This is relevant to your question, have you seen it yet?
    • Jul 23 2012: I have but my true question is do we need or want the security that the military supplies?
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        Jul 23 2012: Yes, for now at least, as long as their are extremist regimes and leaders who repress their people and aren't happy until every country flies under their flag we require the security of an army. But more than that we need an army for liberating others, id say it's even a moral duty for developed countries with diplomatic and forceful techniques to ensure equality throughout the world. If there's a leader who kills every third born child, well he's got to go, especially if he is planning of trying to rule other countries
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        Jul 24 2012: Yes, but more as a deterrent. We can imagine a reduced army who are only exceptionally called to arms. On the other hand, I don't want the military handling security inside the country, for that, there is the police force.

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