Pearl Harbour: its Karma is our Future

 

Reminders of significant military milestones are strong at the moment. One hundred years ago a first, cruel, world war was raging, and seventy five years ago yesterday Japan bombed Pearl Harbour in the middle of, and escalating, a second terrible world war. How many people remember? What have we learned?

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D-Day and Memories of War – and Peace

It was my mother’s 90th birthday on Saturday, and, of course, I was with her along with other family members and friends to celebrate the event. She is a little frail but as clear mentally as when she was 20, and it is extraordinary to think that on her birthday 70 years ago, when she became 20, she was living through D-Day and its aftermath.

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Afghanistan: a Lost Cause but not a Pointless Cause

 

Helmand Province in Afghanistan is the dangerous centre of British military operations, and the place where hundreds of British and other soldiers from elsewhere died or were wounded badly because of the Taliban.

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Robert Gates and the Case for War

Robert Gates has warned the UK that reducing our military capability will jeopardise our “special relationship” with the US and limit our ability to be a major influence in the world. Does his case for war matter, I wonder? And is it true?

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The UK Perpetuating the War in Syria?

Providing armoured vehicles and body armour to opposition forces in Syria is, the government says, to save lives. The implications of this development, however, go far deeper, and culpably so.

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