Great British foreign/defence policy review!http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldne ... Syria.htmlI admit it – Iraq was a mistake. But that shouldn't stop us intervening in Syria
Foreign interventions carry risks, and success is never guaranteed. But we cannot sit back and do nothing as long as Isil exists
Nor are there hard and fast rules that tell us in advance where the use of force will succeed. It is important to have defined military objectives and a coherent plan for the political leadership and system that will come afterwards, such as in the brilliant British rescue of Sierra Leone from civil war in 2000. Yet in Libya in 2011, where I believe we saved many thousands of lives, the new leaders we relied on either left the scene or turned on each other, continuing their country’s crisis to this day.*(A load of bull,regime change and elimination of Ghadaffi was the secret agenda)
While our minds want to jump to permanent rules and assumptions the truth is that each case is different, and in none of them is success guaranteed. But there are three points of which we can be reasonably sure: we will need to intervene abroad more often in the next quarter of a century than the last one; we need to be equipped for that; and one of the times we need to do it is now.
The need will come more often because the rise of Islamist terrorism is not a phenomenon that will pass quickly, and the vast approaching bulge in the population of Africa and the Middle East will overwhelm Europe unless those people have more stable nations at home.
Being equipped for this means far more highly mobile forces able to work with other nations, with an emphasis on transport, surveillance and distant supply. This week’s defence review has therefore moved the UK in absolutely the right direction.
Finally,a spark of sense in the "bulge" statement. But this means not turning a Nelsonian eye towards the perfidy of the Saudis,Qataris,Turks and Gulfies...and one's own intel agencies who have been playing both sides,hunting with the hounds and hiding with the hares. Europe has no alternative but to refuse ALL Arab/Islamic refugees from entering the Eurozone and force the Arab neighbouring nations to take them in. This is the insidious plan of the Islamic jihadis,to overwhelm Europe with their flock who will effectively take over "Crusader" Europe by forcing it to its knees through the threat of terror.
PS:Please,please,pretty please,Sultan Erdogan,close the Straits oh Mighty one!
PPS:Erdo,a Chickenn Sultan? Revenge is a dish best eaten cold.
The Russians are of a cold climate species and Putin is no hothead. He will first get all Russians out of Turkey,assemble his mil forces in great strength and then begin the "Turkey shoot" at a time and place of his own choosing. In the meantime,there will be a huge propaganda campaign to educate the world as to the Sultan's fornication with ISIS.It has already started with Medvedev's statements. It would also be advisable for all the Turkmen in Syria to take out large insurance policies and /or get out of Syria asap. In fact they would be targets even in Turkish territory. As said earlier, Russia will only further build up its mil machine in Syria,perhaps also stationing tactical missiles there ,with the range capable of taking out Turkish air bases.
If the Chicken Sultan has indeed grounded his aircraft ,he must groudn them for good and allow Russian aircraft free overflights over Turkish territory.
However,one strongly feels that there is an undercurrent to what has happened not in the public domain.This was definitely premeditated and an ops that included the Yanquis.But who was the mastermind? Did it reach right upto the Oval Office?