Ian: I owe my freedom (and indeed my continued existence) to philosophers such as Diderot and Spinoza, not to some military-minded zealots. And I suspect you do, too. You mention German invasion of my country? They did not invade because they were German, they invaded because they were bellicists. their weapons weren't a philosopher's (pens), but a soldier's (guns), their chants not "cogito ergo sum", but "gott mitt uns". The same chant is now rising from across the Atlantic and it's no less scary in english than in german. So, no, I will not idealise military might.