This from EU Referendum so eloquently says what I and the majority of the so far silent people in Britain are now thinking, and now openly beginning to say, in every way. (I just wish I could write so well).
To discuss issues related to the UK's position in Europe and the world
Regular followers of this blog (EU Referendum) will know that we have carved our
something of a niche on defence issues, especially in the procurement
field – and we have also followed closely the fate of our forces in
Iraq and Afghanistan.
Our attention to these issues have puzzled some readers, who note the
incongruity between the blog title and the subject matter. In response,
we point to our strap line, which reads: “To discuss issues related to
the UK's position in Europe and the world.”
One the one hand, however, there is a direct link, in that European
defence integration has had a profound effect on the structures and
capabilities of our forces, and we have been posting a running
commentary on this issue – more so since neither the MSM nor the bulk
of our politicians seem to be aware of what is happening here.
That aside, there are nevertheless, few more pressing issues “related
to the UK's position in Europe and the world,” we believe, than the
conduct of our armed forces, their equipment and their successes and
failure in those troubled overseas theatres of Iraq and Afghanistan.
Whatever views one might have of the validity of sending our forces
there in the first place, it was always important that they succeeded,
with minimum loss of life.
Yet, despite our keen interest in these issues, our regular followers
will also have noted a significant fall-off in our coverage of defence
affairs. Part of the reason for that is self-evident.
We have a new EU treaty in the offing and we must give out attention to
that. The Iraqis and Afghanis may be fighting for their freedom but we
too now have our own battles to fight, for our own freedom. And, while
it is not (yet) a shooting war in which we are engaged, a successful
outcome is just as important.
But the marked tail-off followed a despairing piece
I wrote on 1 July, when it finally dawned on me that this government,
and our military brass, were never going to take counter-insurgency
seriously, and equip our forces with the means necessary to prevail in
the campaigns we are fighting.
Furthermore, as we have seen no end of quite insane procurement
decisions, we were coming to the view that the MoD, even if it was
willing to prosecute the wars effectively, simply is so incompetent (or
corrupt) that it is not capable of so doing.
Thus, I wrote, under the heading, “Let's be done with it”, there is
little point any longer, it seems to me, in our fighting a battle to
ensure that our troops are properly equipped to fight real wars. Our
hearts are not in it. Let's be done with it. Bring them home, to where
the fight for our own sovereignty is the task we must now face.
I made a brief sojourn back into the field last Sunday, when I
commented, one again, on what I believe to be the criminal stupidity of
deploying dangerously vulnerable Pinzgauer Vectors in Afghanistan, an issue which the military is only too keen to conceal, and thus let troops continue to die unnecessarily.
My intervention then perhaps reflected my continued but entirely
irrational hope that things could still get better, but with the
publication of a story in The Telegraph today, based on one in The Washington Post, it seems that even that forlorn hope was unduly optimistic.
According to these stories, the British occupation in Basra is now
being regarded as a failure, with a senior U.S. intelligence official
having recently said that, “The British have basically been defeated in
the south.” The narrative continues:
They are abandoning their former headquarters at Basra
Palace, where a recent official visitor from London described them as
“surrounded like cowboys and Indians” by militia fighters. An airport
base outside the city, where a regional U.S. Embassy office and
Britain's remaining 5,500 troops are barricaded behind building-high
sandbags, has been attacked with mortars or rockets nearly 600 times
over the past four months.
No doubt the MoD will try to
spin their way out of this report, as they have done so often in the
past, but the facts now look pretty clear. Without the political will
to equip our troops properly, to deploy sufficient numbers, and to
develop effective tactics to deal with the militias that are attacking
our forces so often, it does seem to me that we are wasting our time in
that theatre, doing little more than putting our troops lives at risk.
For political reasons, of course, the Americans need us there, but
there is no political will in the British government to do what is
needed to keep our troops from providing target practice for the
In any event, it is hard to reconcile Gordon Brown's apparent
commitment to assist the Iraqi people in their fight for independence
and self-determination, when he seems so willing to give away our
independence and right to self-determination to that alien power which
is the EU.
Thus, it seems that, in many respects, we are approaching the end game
in disparate and widely separated areas – in Iraq and the UK. In both
“theatres” we appear to be losing the war, the one under the force of
arms, the other voluntarily, on a surge of lies and deception.
At least a rapid withdrawal from Iraq might save some of the lives of
our own troops (but probably cost the lives of many more Iraqis). A
withdrawal from the EU, unfortunately, is still not on the agenda and
that puts us in a position little different in principle from those
Iraqis who wish for and have failed so far to achieve true independence.
And, since our government is unwilling or unable to assist them in that
uneven battle, and is immune to whatever pressure we have been able to
apply, we perhaps need to marshal our own resources for our own battle.
We, like the Iraqis, are going to have to save ourselves. And before we
can care about the independence of others, we need to restore our own.
For me, it is both sad and frustrating to see the demise of Britain in this way, relegated to a second rate has been power, watching our military sinking to the poverty nation standards being set by politicians, buying off our Generals and Admirals like a banana state with as much money on their swivel chairs and marble stairs at the MOD as they are spending on equipment for our soldiers fighting and dying in the field.
Bring our troops home, the people of Britain need them to defend us, the people of these islands from the Traitors in government who would sign away our sovereignty and heritage to foreign powers in Europe.
Without a referendum on Europe, this government has no mandate and goes against the wishes of its people, and history teaches us all, over and over again, that peoples who are forced against their will to be ruled by others will eventually fight back. Yugoslavia has taught this government nothing.
When the people of these isles finally say NO to Europe and declare enough is enough, will the Generals and Admirals who have sworn allegiance to the crown be willing to deal with free born Englishmen, Scots and Welsh like they do Iraqis.?
See Daily Referendum and the announcement of the 'Royal' Navy super carriers. It seems our Admirals are spinning bull for our politicians again. I maintain that these ships will never see the White Ensign, by the time they are commissioned they will fly the ring of stars.