Here in the UK, Prime Minister David Cameron announced yesterday that defence spending would fall by 8% over four years. This is in line with other cuts in Britain due to the deficit being unsustainable – which is presently being felt around the world.
Personally for me the Britain shouldn’t be in Afghanistan to begin with. They first went to war with Iraq on the back of lies (still no sign of weapons of mass destruction) and now they find themselves in a war they cannot win against Al-Qaeda/Taliban in Afghanistan.
The British public are practically paying billions of pounds a year for operations in Afghanistan (and elsewhere), high tech weaponry/vehicles and military equipment. Money which could be better used elsewhere, such as for education and NHS (National Health Service) to name but a few.
A cynical view is that the general population are paying human beings to kill other human beings in the name of democracy and liberation – and that is without us having any say in the matter.
So why not cut spending by 50% or more? Obviously people will lose their jobs (which the government could subsidise or give them jobs doing something more meaningful for the community), but surely the financial burden put on the rest of us (through involuntary income tax) and human costs (through mostly avoidable deaths of a few thousand innocent human beings yearly) far outweighs the need of a military force.
War is an outdated instrument of profit and imperialism. Let us instead cooperate and come up with peaceful solutions for us all to benefit from, rather than compete for what little is left on this most resourceful planet.
So Mr Cameron, if you really want to save a huge amount of money (which may mean not needing to cut as much in other more important areas, so that it will help to make it less stressful financially for the rest of us) bring the boys back home NOW – and for good.
Take a look at how much the public spends yearly on Defence in the UK: Defence Spending Chart
Read the following excerpt regarding defence cuts from the BBC News website:
Harrier jump jets, the Navy’s flagship HMS Ark Royal and planned Nimrod spy planes are to be axed and 42,000 MoD and armed forces jobs cut by 2015.
Unveiling the strategic defence review, PM David Cameron said defence spending would fall by 8% over four years.
The RAF and navy will lose 5,000 jobs each, the Army 7,000 and the Ministry of Defence 25,000 civilian staff.
Axing the Harrier and Ark Royal means no planes will be able to fly from British aircraft carriers until 2019.
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Mr Cameron opened his Commons’ statement by denying the review was simply a “cost saving exercise”, saying it was a “step change in the way we protect this country’s security interests”.
He said Britain would still meet Nato’s target of spending 2% of GDP on defence and would continue to have the fourth largest military in the world and “punch above its weight in the world”.
But he said the country had to be “more thoughtful, more strategic and more co-ordinated in the way we advance our interests and protect our national security”.
There would be no cuts to support for troops in Afghanistan – which is funded separately from the Treasury’s special reserve, the prime minister stressed in his statement.