Editorial, Süddeutsche Zeitung | June 9, 2009
In a comparison of worldwide military spending, China has climbed to second place. ++ "The US spent $607 billion on defense, which exceeds the expenditure of the other top 14 states in one year." ++ The worldwide war on terror has resulted in a "general tendency to approach issues from a military perspective." ++ The overall military spending of countries has increased by four per cent. ++ "Germany and Japan remain the only two states in the top spenders list to decrease defense expenses."