Friday, 16 September 2011
A Sickening Performance From the Prime Minister
Another British solder was killed On Wednesday in the Afghan war. The serviceman, from the 1st Battalion The Rifles, was killed by a gunshot wound sustained in the village of Haji Khodin Nazar, in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province.
His death takes the number of British troops who have died since the war in Afghanistan began to 381.
But the death of another soldier means nothing to politicians, especially when they can pose on the world stage as 'saviours'.
David Cameron, along with Sarkozy, rushed to Libya to claim credit for the ousting of Gaddafi. Unfortunately, Gaddafi's still hanging around in some invisible abode, but that's of little concern to the two leaders who, according to the Spiegel, revelled in their one day appearance in the war torn country as the saviours of the Libyans.
Cameron went as far as to offer to bring the worst medical cases to British hospitals if Libya paid the transport. My knowledge of Libya is limited, but I am aware the standards of their education and medical care under Gaddafi was very possibly far superior to what we can attain these days in the UK. Wouldn't it have been far more sensible for the Prime Minister to offer medical equipment which would assist in the Libyans once again achieving their excellent standards of medical care rather than bringing a few seriously injured here for PR reasons?
The MoD has estimated the cost of the first six months of British involvement in Libya was £260 million (much under-estimated in my view) and France estimated their operations had cost €1 million a day (much more realisitic).
For all Cameron's sickening fawning over the new Libyan officials, it was Sarkozy who was regarded as 'the best man in the world' by the rebels. Our chief salesman, from the little I saw on television, over-egged his determination to be first in line for any lucrative oil deals.
It very easily could have been so different if Gaddafi had played a different hand and Cameron's relief at deciding to take action against Gaddafi is evident. It could have gone so wrong. Like Afghanistan.