More on Neutrality from Planet Potato:
We were neutral because we could afford to be. Because other countries would have sent their young people off to die to defend our culture and our way of life. Because we were on the far flung end of Europe, and if the Soviets made it that far we'd have no chance anyway. We did it because we are selfish and cowardly.
If you are walking on the street and you see someone being mugged you might turn a blind eye . You might decide not to intervene because you don't like violence. Because you're a pacifist. Because it's not your problem and you're not on the receiving end. Really whatever rationality you wrap your decision in you are just trying to avoid the thought that you do it because you are afraid and would rather be a coward. Ultimately this is the same as when we proclaim ourselves as "neutral" and brag about the policy, when in reality we should be ashamed of our position.