It seems we need 2,600 more soldiers because according to our PM,
“This country faces ongoing and increasing instances of destabilising and failing states in our region.”
“It is quite obvious that we do need a larger army. This country does continue to have responsibilities broader than our own immediate region and quite properly as part of a coalition fighting terrorism around the world, we cannot fully anticipate where extra challenges in that area might come.” – John HoWARd
More soldiers inevitably leads to more war. I am much more inspired by Kofi Annan who said, in amoungst other things,
“War is not, and I repeat, war is not “the continuation of politics by other means”. On the contrary, it represents a catastrophic failure of political skill and imagination – a dethronement of peaceful politics from the primacy which it should enjoy.”
HoWARd has started his electioneering already with a chant that won’t end- “TERROR, BOMBS, FEAR and PANIC,” but we don’t have to buy it. We can say enough.
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