Sunday, 7 April 2013

That's Why Britain Needs Trident



North Korea Won't Spare Manchester
I was on holiday at the Woolacombe Bay holiday camp on the 9th September 2001 and a news flash announced that "a light aircraft has flown into one of the World Trade Centre towers".  Of course what transpired was the horror of the terrorist attacks which took almost 3000 lives. After the towers collapsed Osama Bin Laden was quick, unusually quick, to deny any involvement and it's no coincidence that there has not been such a devastating attack again. It's difficult to get into the mind of a mindless terrorist like Bin Laden and his followers but the person who can justify such an atrocity could also seriously think that the US would contemplate using nuclear weapons in retaliation. To the ordinary westerner this would be as unthinkable as flying passenger jets into giant skyscrapers, to the crazed Jihadist maybe not so. Bin Laden's reaction to the attacks made it clear that he did not expect them to be as destructive and world changing as they were. Maybe for a moment he feared that Afghanistan would become only the second country in history to suffer a nuclear attack. Maybe, just maybe, even the most hardened Al Qaeda terrorist has curtailed such attacks because they fear nuclear reprisals. It's ironic that we waged war on a country to rid it of weapons of mass destruction that turned out to be non-existent. In North Korea we have a country which is horrid to its people and openly shows the world hard evidence of its nuclear programme and we show restraint. A timely and convenient reminder to the world that we need a nuclear deterrent that can be launched from anywhere in the world to anywhere in the world. This is what Trident gives us and we must not be left with aging and inferior technology than those of despotic states. But strong nuclear deterrents also deter non-nuclear threats from the warped minds of those who might think we would actually use it.
That's why we need Trident

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