UK National Security Strategy Goes Down a Storm By Liam Bailey

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By Liam Bailey
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The Bailey Mail
March 21, 2008

2008-03-19 **opinion**

U.K. Prime Minster Gordon Brown unveiled the “National security Strategy” for Britain, March 19, some of it isn’t too bad, but there are a few measures that are down-right ludicrous. Like Brown’s plan to send a 1000 member task-force of Police, emergency services, and judges to go to trouble spots around the world; to help failing states and countries emerging from conflict.Can you imagine the tribal elders, responsible for law-making and authority of their respective villages and clans in Afghanistan or Somalia, stepping down and allowing British judges — which would no doubt gain the name of infidels — take over control of their clans and villages?

And how can a team of British police hope to achieve anything in such places when the British and US military couldn’t? It would be funny if it wasn’t so tragic. Plans like that are reminiscent of the Blair idealism that has left us with troops still fighting in two wars. In fact it’s worse because it’s half-hearted:

When something goes wrong in a country and it leads to massive ethnic cleansing and such like in Kosovo in the 90’s and Sudan today, you have to either decide: right we will intervene, and go in determined and clear of your objectives, or: right, we aren’t going to intervene and sit back and let it happen. You certainly don’t send a small team of policemen and judges — especially in the current climate of resentment for the UK, which is now seen as the puppet government for US imperialism.

The Brown proposals I agree with are raising the number of emergency services staff to 4000, setting up a £20million fund to assist military personnel and their families to buy houses, and re-assessing the role of our reserve forces like the Territorial Army, and bringing their role into the twentieth century.

Brown also dished out his usual amount of buzz-word-filled whatever the public wants to hear; promising greater transparency of the Intelligence Services, and that the Intelligence and Security Commission’s role would become more like that of the House of Commons select committee, holding its meetings in public rather than private. That is something that I can’t ever see happening, and if it does the discussions will also be selected and no secrets will be revealed. As World War II proved, secrets are necessary to protect a country.

Brown is saying all the right things to keep the voters sweet in the run up to the next British General Election, and as usual his plans were attacked in good old election rivalry style. Conservative Leader David Cameron said it “sounded more like a list than a strategy” and raised the need for a similar body to the United States National Security Council to set strategies and ensure they are enacted.

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg said Brown’s proposal was more like an assessment of what threats exist than a strategy on how to deal with them, calling on Brown to announce a “new full strategic defence review for our defence capabilities for today and the years ahead.”

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