show of force


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show of force

The recruitment of large numbers of powerful individuals to an emotionally escalating situation in an attempt to prevent violent action by an opponent.
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military show of force at the Philippines falls as ASEAN and Chinese officials meet in Thailand on Thursday.
At least 8,000 Islamists staged a massdemonstration in central Tunis on Sunday in the latest show of force to demandthe adoption of Islamic law in the north African country.
But a spokesman for the AU force, whose remit allows them only to protect government buildings and defend themselves if attacked, told Al Jazeera that the troops actions were a "show of force" rather than combat engagement.
But following President Saleh's reconciliatory speech, the government put on a massive show of force, with a parade of 30,000 men and a cavalcade of military hardware.
RAWALPINDI, 05 May , 2009 (Balochistan Times) -- In a show of force and undisputed hold over Mingora city and adjoining areas, armed militants are marching on the road threatening to innocent people, civil administration as well as security forces.
SOMALI pirates and their hostage American sea captain were adrift in a lifeboat off the Horn of Africa today, shadowed by a US destroyer with more warships on the way in a US show of force.
HUNDREDS of Special Constables were taking to the streets this weekend in a major show of force to mark the 175th anniversary of the organisation.
"While the Army and Marines are keeping in close contact with convoy commanders, I can then coordinate with the Joint STARS Air Force assets on the aircraft to direct air support either as a show of force or to take out the enemy," he said.
Belgian journalist Paul Bellien points out that Putin's show of force coincided with Russia's assumption of the chairmanship of the G-8 nations "for the first time in history." "Though the Russian economy is peanuts compared to those of the U.S., Canada, Japan, Germany, France, Britain and Italy, it has been admitted into the club of developed democracies because Russia has enough oil and gas to keep Western Europe supplied for years to come," observes Bellien.
Rather than a declaration of war, the Okfuskee's attack on traders represented a show of force designed to put the British on guard.
But before Munkacsi abandoned Berlin, he caught the regime change on film, rendering Hitler's meeting with President Hindenburg on March 21, 1933, as the very image of a sinister, threatening, and uncompromising show of force.
Joshua Landis, a US analyst who publishes a blog on Syrian politics from Damascus, expected the meeting to be a "show of force" by the president.