So anything we do is overreacting until they cut off the water supply or fire a shot at us? I tell you why people like you are so offensive - you accuse the Singapore govt of being paranoid but you have absolutely no stake in our safety. What happens when the water gets cut off or Malaysia declares war on Singapore? Who are the ones who suffers the consequences should some enlightened Bigfella's suggestions be heeded? I tell you what the current threat is - there isn't any threat. They only make noise - that's because right now they can only make noise without suffering severe consequences. When Singapore is weak that no longer holds true.At the moment Malaysia IS only making noise & Singapore IS overreacting. The threat is POTENTIALLY real. Transient threw a tantrum because I dared to suggest that Singaporeans might have threat perceptions that do mot match the actual threat. I think the reaction spoke for itself.
So you acknowledge that Singapore was and still is vulnerable to coercion. So do tell us, oh enlightened Bigfella, what could Singapore do if it hadn't built up the capability to secure our water supply by force if necessary? Who would have come to our aid? You?I read the article you posted on water supply. It suggests that not only could Singapore last for 4 months without access to water from Malaysia, but that by 2011 Singapore could be completely self-sufficient.
And even when Singapore attains water self sufficiency, its territorial integrity still has to be protected. Bigfella's way of relying on Malaysia's continued goodwill is cheap, but that means giving up on things like having an independent foreign policy and what not. In essence, we become little more than a vassal state. Looking at Singapore's negative strategic depth, it doesn't take much common sense to see why an offensive force geared towards taking enemy ground is needed to protect its territorial integrity.