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display of force

A display of one's power, influence, or capability to cause harm, meant to act as a warning or deterrent to others. The president said that such a display of force will be treated as an act of aggression by the foreign country and could lead to a declaration of war. The march by union organizers is intended as a display of force to politicians threatening to weaken their bargaining powers.
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Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement that police had accepted an offer of technical assistance from the Justice Department "to help conduct crowd control and maintain public safety without relying on unnecessarily extreme displays of force."
He said that federal officials would provide "assistance to local authorities in order to help conduct crowd control and maintain public safety without relying on unnecessarily extreme displays of force.''
Two are worthy of note: Russia and China have both been projecting their influence, backed up by displays of force, creating new problems for the US and its allies in Europe, the Middle East, and Far East; and the "Arab Spring" which has unsettled the Middle East, overthrowing several government, creating chaotic situations which, in some cases, have been exploited by Iran and/or Al Qaeda-style extremist movements.
Washington remains neutral on who owns the islands, while criticizing China for using displays of force to challenge Japan's de facto control of them.
The research included displays of force such as sending warships or closing borders as well as wars.
and displays of force cannot solve the issue," she added.
These massive displays of force only create martyrs and galvanize social cohesion around Hamas and its goals.