We should avoid ‘Second Falklands War’ questions

Despite there being “not the slightest intelligence to suggest that there is any credible military threat to the Falklands” (Phillip Hammond) it seems that many people view another war as a distinct possibility. After HMS Dauntless set sail for the islands, Lord Alan West claimed “The great thing about military forces, particularly the navy, is they are a very good deterrent and we need to use it as a deterrent. We need to show that this isn’t a game and if they tried something again there we would take it very seriously.” The suggestive end to this Daily Mail comment is similar.

Idle talk of war is unlikely to actually cause war, but the tension and xenophobia produced creates an isolationist attitude where instead of negotiating our politicians make macho statements for the benefit of the media.


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