Today is Armistice day. It is 93 years since the end of WW1. At 11 am today 11.11.11 the country stood in silence for 2 minutes remembering the dead of not just WW1 but WW11, Palestine, Korea, Aden, Malaya, Kenya, Iraq, The Falklands, Bosnia and Afghanistan. With the exception of Viet Nam, this country has been involved in almost every major conflict in the world. The success in Libya, where there were no British casualties should not blind us to the fact that wars are for killing people. Thousands of Libyans died in that conflict.
Yet even when we are not involved wars go on. The way that some countries treat their own people makes us angry. In Zimbabwe and the Sudan, government behavior is disgraceful and in Somalia there is no effective government. We have no mandate to be the world's policeman.
Afghanistan has shown us the futility of occupation of a hostile country. It is a failed state that could only be ruled by a well-armed oppressive regime that oppressed its people. Even then there would be an insurrection and very unsophisticated weapons are all that would be required to maintain it. Neither Nazi type totalitarian oppression, nor American cleverness can ensure peace.
What is to be done? I have no answer, but keeping our soldiers in harm's way isn't working.