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Trident Debate

In your April edition Mr Stirling of Helensburgh compares possession of Trident to the necessity of a law-keeping policeman’s truncheon.

Does he not find it odd that of the earth’s 196 countries, only nine (to the best of our knowledge) find this weapon of mass annihilation necessary to guarantee security? And if, to correct an amazing deficit, those truncheons were globally on sale, most countries would define and prioritise ‘security’ in such terms as health, social services, education and the eradication of poverty.

Secondly, how does the past record of the nine justify such imperial powers?

The US, as self-appointed global policeman, eagerly supported by allies such as the UK and France, continues to throw its considerable weight around many parts of the world; and in particular is currently repeating unparalleled destruction throughout the Middle East and North Africa. International laws, so hopefully, put in place after World War Two, are casually ignored; and western civilisation is only at the start of experiencing the farreaching effects of the humanitarian and refugee crises resulting from those appalling military excesses.

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