Torture is not permitted in full-on war by the Geneva Conventions. In asymmetric warfare, resorting to torture indicates a government unable to cope with terrorism without breaking its own laws, and abandoning the values it’s trying to preserve in its counter-terrorist campaign. In countries like Afghanistan and Iraq, already well-used to brutality, this is a slippery slope down which we shouldn’t even be looking. (This is a brief summary. Please click the link to read the full article)
The use of brutality and torture in interrogation by democracies in the face of terrorism is contentious, divisive and dangerous. Terrorists seek to undermine the people’s belief in the states’ ability to govern, so if democracies can be forced into using totalitarian measures, terrorists have succeeded in their aim.
George W Bush admitted-decision to waterboard al-Qaeda suspects following 9/11, was ill-conceived and purely political, plus gave the terrorists additional success.
The deputy chairman of Babcock, builders of the RN’s two aircraft carriers, says Britain is paying twice as much as it should for the F35 aircraft, to get half the capability. He says this is because of BAE Systems being the prime contractor on the carrier project whilst also being Lockheed’s partner in making the F35 aircraft. Lord Hesketh says this is a disaster that will make Britain a laughing stock.
The UK’s NSS seeks to justify money-saving defence cuts. Britain remains in great need of a comprehensive evaluation of its defence needs, which will take a long time and be unlikely to produce monetary savings.
In Defence, “Saving” Money is often “Wasting” Money. India’s refusal to buy UK’s Harriers reveals more of the illogicality, danger and waste of the SDSR.
Brown’s choice of speech subject reveals the personal motivation of his decision-making whilst PM, but also the damaging politicisation of defence procurement decisions.
The BBC World Service was part of the UK’s projection of military ‘soft power’, and curtailment of its funding will greatly weaken the UK’s ability to mitigate conflict in many parts of the world.
Aircraft carriers require a mix of aircraft and other ships to protect them. How can the UK actually use its carrier? And what is the future for the UK’s amphibious capability?
New writers desperate to be published are easily diverted by social media and fee-charging editors and ‘publishers’, when they should be working hard in artistic isolation, learning about themselves and their craft.