This is a peace through strength issue and the other guys have to hold up their end of the log.
I read today that the Royal Navy won't be able to replace its missiles on their ships after the missiles expire in 2018 and will be forced to fight with deck guns. Laughable.
England once ruled most of the world through its Imperialist activities, and now they can barely hang on to their own country because ......... SOCIALISM. The NHS (National Health Service) was once regarded as the pinnacle system of the world (Not sure it ever was) and now it is breathing hard like a 70 year old man on a 20 mile marathon. Doctors are ill-paid, hospital beds are not available for months (except emergencies) and there are a host of other problems. Google will fill your screen with examples if you feel like looking about for NHS problems.
So, now that they spend all their money on socialist activities, and believe me they have no opportunity to raise taxes, they are between a rock and a hard place. Ditto all the rest of them. Spain, Ireland, Scotland, France, the EU, All of them are all breathing very hard.
Their defense capabilities are jokes. They have play Armies, play Navies, play Air Forces. They couldn't defend themselves from any serious threat. And they sit around fat and happy that in that event, We will come save them. You and I will pay for all that while the French sit around drinking wine and being completely irresponsible.
And you can bet we're pumping money into all these countries right now because the economic systems have pushed them to the point of total system shutdown back in 86? when they created the EU in the first place, and now again in 2016 as the EU begins its death march.
Time for tough love. They must all change their economic system or suffer the consequences like any 16 year old with a maximum number of credit cards, all at maximum amount.
Otherwise the entire 'civilized' world falls.