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col·lec·tive self-de·fense

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  1. collective self-defense

    Collective self-defense is the act of defending other designated non-US forces. Only the President or Secretary of Defense may authorize US forces to exercise the right of collective self-defense.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of collective self-defense in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of collective self-defense in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of collective self-defense in a Sentence

  1. Yasuo Hasebe:

    I think allowing the use of the right of collective self-defense violates the constitution, it cannot be explained within the framework of the basic logic of the past government views ... and considerably damages legal stability.

  2. Robert Thomas:

    They have the capacity and the capability in international waters and international airspace anywhere on the globe. That's the important point, the decisions that are pending with regard to collective self-defense will clearly allow the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Forces to interact with, frankly, a lot of international partners, not just the US Seventh Fleet, in a more flexible fashion.

  3. Camp Devgru:

    We can't always keep relying on the United States to protect us, when would (Japan) get involved? If we were to exercise collective self-defense after making that clear, I'd agree.

  4. Jeffrey Kingston:

    I don't think people will fault Abe ... because these people are fundamentalists and violence is their calling card, but when they start debating collective self-defense, this will be part of the narrative.

  5. United States:

    No one should ever doubt United States in meeting its commitments to the mutual defense of the NATO alliance, unfortunately, this motion has become necessary because some of our closest allies have come to question the United States commitment to collective self-defense. President Donald Trump on Tuesday has at times called the alliance' obsolete.' Our allies are starting to wonder whether they can rely on United States to come to their defense in a crisis.

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1 Comment
  • Masahiro  Nekomori
    Masahiro Nekomori
    It seems that the definition above is obviously wrong. Why can you insist that the targets defended by "collective self-defense" are limited to "non-US forces", even if you are extremely proud of being an American?

    The fact is that "non-US forces", for example, forces of UK, Netherland, Germany, etc. have exercised the right of "collective self-defense" for US forces since 2001.
    LikeReply8 years ago

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