Return to a National Strategy
The Defence Policy outlined in the White Papers of 1981 and 1982, and to a large extent restated in that of 1983, is based on several fundamental misconceptions, of which the most dangerous (certainly in the long term) may be briefly summarised as: ‘Our front line is in Germany where lies the greatest threat to the United Kingdom; war, if it comes in Europe, will be short, so the Atlantic (never mind more distant seas) hardly matters, and where it does it can be defended by a handful of nuclear submarines and long-range maritime patrol aircraft.’ Virtually every word of this is demonstrable rubbish; it flies in the face of history and the NATO assessment of the total threat, and would serve neither our national interests, nor those of the Alliance, best.
KeywordsBurning Europe Shipping Brittle Assure
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