The United Kingdom is again in search of a War it can lose. Things are winding down at the lost War in Afghanistan and William Hague, our Foreign Minister, is tasked with finding a new venue where we can support our arms manufacturers. The criteria are simple:
- the venue must not belong to anyone who can pose an existential threat to the UK. We don't fight wars in countries which might seriously threaten us
- so it must be poor
- and a long way away
- and the inhabitants mustn't be white, since we are going to kill a lot of them and it reduces Public Disquiet if they aren't white
Natural Resources are possibly a bonus, since we can hint that there will be Economic Benefits to an attack. But from a strictly military (i.e, arms manufacturers' ) point of view, Economic Benefits are irrelevant. In any case, they can be a bit of a mixed blessing. We don't really do investment in infrastructure. We do current expenditure - and firing missiles and bullets is very current. Money in from the taxpayer, money out to the arms manufacturers. And the firms who do Logistics.
Logistics is almost as important as arms manufacturing. When you attack somewhere far away and poor like Afghanistan, there is an awful lot of shipping and trucking to be done. You can't do it all yourself but,fortunately, there are big private sector firms who do it for you. Some of them, helpfully, are American.
Libya was a bit of a disappointment and maybe Syria will provide more scope for Mr Hague's destructive ambitions.
The British Public is gullible but is beginning to realise that we no longer fight wars to win. We fight them to spend.
A radically anti-establishment political party in the UK would do well if it proposed the introduction of a War Tax system. Any time a UK government decided to go to war, it would have to fund the campaign from taxes specifically raised for the purpose. Whatever percentage is needed added to the rate of VAT for the duration of hostilities (our hostility, you understand).
In this way, the UK might eventually come round to thinking that there are benefits to being a peace-loving nation.