Austria: What Lock on the Door?

What can a small neutral nation such as Austria do to protect itself in a world of superpowers? Obviously, not very much. Restricted by its 1955 State Treaty to small-bore "conventional" weapons and by reasons of budget confined to only $18 million worth of new ones a year, Austria has had to adopt what one Defense Ministry spokesman calls a "lock-on-the-door" policy: "It isn't foolproof, but the housebreaker needs time to get in, and by then you can telephone the police."

Austrians last week were wondering whether their lock would hold even long enough for a yelp for help. For...

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