In 1985 Thatcher signed off theAl-Yamamah arms deal between Britain and Saudi Arabia worth an estimated £20 billion. In 2008 JosephStiglitz published details of the worlds first 3 Trillion Dollar War, Iraq.
Today Britain is being led back into the Iraq conflict because of the shambles it has created.
The cost of Britain’s interventions in Iraq and Afghanistan was estimated in a report published earlier this year to have reached £30bn – or £1000 for every taxpayer in the country, according to the Royal United Services Institute this year.
It reported that “there is no longer any serious disagreement” that Britain’s role in the Iraq war served to channel and increase the radicalisation of young Muslims in the UK.”
As we prepare to go back into Iraq, we have to ask ourselves, why Britain can’t defend you anymore?
Today a new report by Dr. John MacDonald, Director of the independent think tank Scottish Global Forum, and Dr. Norrie MacQueen, author of a number of books on the UN and peacekeeping, will argue that a Scottish Defence Force could prioritise ‘defending the perimeter’ of Scotland’s coastal line for less money and with greater security for Scotland’s people than remaining within the UK’s current Defence plans.
The report, titled ‘Defence and Foreign Policy in an Independent Scotland’, also proposes that an Independent Scotland could diverge from the UK on a variety of security issues, including its role within the UN, its approach towards international peacekeeping operations, and its approach towards Nuclear Weapons. All of this could lead to an independent Scotland facing ‘a much reduced exposure to recognized security threats such as transnational terrorism’.
Those in attendance and available for comment and questions will include: the co-author of the paper and Director of the Scottish Global Forum Dr. John MacDonald, Robin McAlpine Director of the Common Weal, Isobel Lindsay Vice-Chair of Scottish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (SCND), John Ainslie Co-ordinator of SCND, Jonathon Shafi co-founder Radical Independence Campaign.
This is part of the daily briefings at the CCA in Sauchiehall Street Glasgow at 11 am every morning for the #allyes campaigns group.