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January 15, 2010

Inglorious and impotent

Armed Forces Minister Bill Rammell warns Britain may have become so risk averse it could have lost the stomach for war. Perhaps his first clue should have been his fellow ministers, terrified lest a jihadi hostage taker offer a British soldier a cigarette.

Bill Rammell warned that in an age of mounting public cynicism and rolling 24-hour news, British governments faced increasing resistance to any use of military power.

“We, sadly, face a series of threats, the nature of which will require the projection of power beyond our borders to protect our national security,” he said. “My great fear is that we as a nation will become so risk-averse, cynical and introverted that we will find ourselves in inglorious and impotent isolation by default.”

Risk aversion is only a technocratic symptom of a once heroic nation suffering an aversion to glory. Such is the end of Western civilization.

Speechless: If you removed these distinctions, it would not be Britain.

You said it.

Soha Sheikh, a young Muslim Londoner, says no contraction between being British and wearing hijab, an obligatory dress code in Islam.

"I think the headscarf is the epitome of Britishness," the 25-year-old library assistant who holds a degree in media studies told The Independent on Wednesday, January 13.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at January 15, 2010 08:28 AM