If the Prime Minister truly wants to confront the threat from Islamists in Africa, he must find the money to increase the defence budget. When David Cameron was elected two years ago, he was expected to draw a veil over the Tony Blair era of military adventure. His decision to cut defence spending by the same amount as he was increasing the aid budget offered a clear sign of his priorities: more schools, fewer bombs. Just before the Libya campaign, he was touring the Gulf with businessmen, scorning the Blair era and presenting his new, trade-first foreign policy. “I am not,” he declared, “a naive neo-con who thinks you can drop democracy out of an aeroplane at 40,000 feet.”
A very different David Cameron stands before us now. He has not been in office for three years, yet is on his third war. He inherited the Afghanistan operation, but chose the Libyan one, deploying British Tomahawk missiles that cruised at about 400 feet before hitting targets in Tripoli (and, yes, clearing the way for a democracy). The speed and nature of his response to Mali, to which he has committed 330 troops so far, has established a new precedent. British foreign policy is being recast, week by week.Read More HERE
Those that have never experienced War will always think War a good idea,
The Royal Artillery Prayer
O Lord Jesus Christ, Who dost everywhere lead
thy people in the way of righteousness, Vouchsafe so as to lead the
Royal Regiment of Artillery, That wherever we serve, on land or sea or in
the air, We may win the glory of doing thy will Amen.
A quarter of homeless people are ex-services and 5,000 former service personnel are in prison.
The Red Poppy Company.
Did you know that each year an average of ten Falklands veterans commit suicide, this means that more soldiers have killed themselves since the end of that war than the fewer than two hundred and fifty eight who died during it.
(Source: Times cover story 12/11/02)
A "tsunami" of mental health problems resulting from the war in Iraq is "headed our way," - -
Ex-servicemen make up a quarter of homeless people in Britain, according to Shelter and the government's social exclusion unit.