The world is increasingly becoming a more military place, it feels like we have entered a new modified cold war filled with groups who have no country and no flag. In the past couple of years it is has become clear that the strongest armies in the world are not the ones with the largest number of guns. What do you think makes the best kind of army? Is it all about advanced technologies, special training, powerful allies. . . or something else?
While Spain was a powerful country in the days of the monarchs, who reigned over the world with their power of territory dominion, since those days, the Spanish army has slowly been defeated and rendered weak. The Spanish army has 75,000 professional service men who are usually left out of the global media’s agenda, even though they go wherever many of the NATO countries go. Spain usually tries to stay far from the international sphere in terms of military and financial aid.
From 1961 until 1974, wars raged in these countries as the locals demanded their right to self-rule, and the Portuguese hung desperately onto their empire power. But in many ways, it is remarkable that they were able to keep going for so long. Portugal is hardly a big country, and they were trying to ensure that their army was successful in not one, not two, but three different and separate wars. You can be the strongest military in the world, but sometimes the odds are just against you. Now, of course, those three countries are completely independent and allowed to run themselves, but even within the last thirty years, the story of one of the last colonial wars has already been forgotten.