Just a short post, about a subject so huge, I could write about it until Doomsday. It is prompted by our recent decision (as a Country) to assist the French intervention in the civil war in Mali. I am old enough to remember when the USA sent ‘advisors’, and ‘trainers’ to South Vietnam, to help their struggling army against the Communist North. We all know how that turned out, I think.
First, we went into Iraq, for reasons so spurious, they later prompted an Inquiry, and even some arrests for perjury. Next, it was Afghanistan, once we found out that they were the people we really needed to have a crack at. After that, despite a huge commitment remaining in that Country, we went to help Libyan rebels. It wasn’t about the oil though, honest. Since then, we have been ‘assisting’ the Syrian rebels, against the Assad government, and now we have our eyes on Mali. I looked it up. No oil, but the third largest gold producer in Africa. That might be a clue.
We have been told that we need to cut back our Armed Forces by tens of thousands over the next few years. The total strength of all of them is now at one of its lowest numbers in modern history. We are barely able to defend these islands from attack, in the event of a conventional war. The economy faces a triple-dip recession. All of this, we are told, is true. If so, what the hell are we doing getting involved in more Foreign Wars? What started out as 40 trainers, is multiplying rapidly, as fast as dividing cells in a tumour.
When will we, as a Country, realise that we are only a bit-player on the World stage these days. The Empire is long gone, and nobody is scared of the British anymore.
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Reminds me of an old punk song ‘Dollars and Pounds’ by The Angelic Upstarts.
I heard on the radio that it would take 15-20 years to guide Mali through the transition to a democratic country, once the rebels are crushed there is no stable government to take charge or working economy; so maybe the aim is to provide long term employment for our armed forces!
I’m scared of the British!
I thought you were in Jamaica?
There is an old saying that goes something like this, “the best form of economic boosting is war.” It is sad but war may be the only thing to save world economies. War creates production jobs which puts more money toward spending which then boosts the economy even longer.
Yeah we are a very sorry bunch , led by a sorrier bunch of politicians. Wo seem to be forced in to situations that compromise our security and deepen the pit of debt we as a nation are struggling to pull out of.