We face the challenges and effects of globalisation in our daily lives – economic, political, social and cultural. Except, apparently, in defence.
The retention of an independent nuclear capability is central to the defence strategy of both France and the UK. But what does this mean?
Circumstances could perhaps be conceived when France, or even the UK, might not support US nuclear action, but in what circumstances can it be imagined that either France or the UK would use its nuclear capability without the support of Washington? And surely never independent of each other.
Nuclear fall-out knows no geographical limits.
Do the two countries have any more than symbolic independence? Are their respective capabilities effective? How can they be maintained without vast investment in space, at the expense of health, education and other social imperatives?
The answers are obvious: No, no, they cannot. The independent nuclear capability is neither independent or capable, and it’s time we recognised this.
I will return to this theme shortly.Author : Stanley Crossick