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Are you ready for a new Campaign in the Congo?

Old 1st Nov 2008, 12:32
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Are you ready for a new Campaign in the Congo?

More Sabre Rattling from Nu Labour.

BBC NEWS | Politics | UK troops 'may be sent to Congo'
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Old 1st Nov 2008, 12:47
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Yet more "OVERSTRETCH" !!!!

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Old 1st Nov 2008, 13:08
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Even if the army could rustle up a handfull of troops where would the rotary and AT support come from!!!
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Maybe they could ask the people of Congo to help them
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The words "Belgian" and "Congo" come irresistably to mind....not one of our past affairs, and there are enough of those already, going to pot...
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42 Million a year in aid to the DR Congo

Better used for the NHS I say - leave them to it - we don't, and cannot afford, to get involved again.
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Old 1st Nov 2008, 14:58
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Now if I'm not entirely mistaken, is there not a well publicised exercise going on down somewhere in the african continent? rapid re-role... go!
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Ethnic cleansing in southern Africa - SCRAMBLE!

Trukkie, I agree entirely. The UK is bankrupt and charity begins at home. Look at the state of the NHS, Armed Forces, education etc. However, meanwhile, the UK sends millions in aid to India, an Asian superpower that is sending spacecraft to the moon (something that the UK space program never came close to). Perhaps they should now be sending us aid!

If the Labour Government is so keen and ready for an African jaunt, I have to wonder why we never took a stand in Zimbabwe until the terrifying cricket sanctions of this year. Sending troops in several years ago would have been the right thing to do as 'our own' were being butchered by a standard-African-issue genocidal racist dictator who was busy destroying a once prosperous country. So why is NuLab now appearing enthusiatic to get involved on the Dark Continent and leap to the defence of people with whom we share no cultural or historic links? Would it be cynical to think that the skin colour of the victims is more palatable to the leadership of our country than it was in Rhode... sorry, Zim.
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Despite the early departure of the PPRuNe outrage bus I for one would be more than happy to be involved in an op that perhaps prevented another Rwandan-esque massacre/human tragedy. Talk of overstretch and suchlike is irrelevant and pathetic. UK Plc could easily generate the forces for a short term op like this and i would happily lose another Christmas if it meant another one million people got excused being massacred.

I can't believe you bellends even work for the uk military.
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Short term ops like this nearly always turn into long term ops like the other two!
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Thanks for the acclaim StopStart. I felt like a little rant and was quite satisfied with that one, concisely managing to encompass a number of unrelated subjects in a single eruption.

However, my serious point is that if the UK can deploy in this case then it is unforgiveable that they turned a blind eye 500 miles further south for many years. Family friends with British passports were murdered and many more were driven out and lost everything. If we have to pick our battles, let's choose very carefully. That is all.
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A just reason for war, no that'll never do.
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even SWMBO who to be honest only hears me ranting about overstretch asked where the **ck does Brown think he'll get the troops from for this jaunt ?

I know we have cadets lets send them
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. . . . and where are the funds to pay for another imprudent military adventure going to come from?
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that perhaps prevented another Rwandan-esque massacre/human tragedy
Don't forget that through a masterstroke of spineless UK international policy combined with the usual UN corruption, 5 Airborne Brigade deployed to Rwanda in 1994 to help count the mutilated bodies and watch the Hutus and Tutsis kill a few thousands more of each other. The French actively supported the Hutus, who instigated the genocide, and the US chose to ignore it completely, so the UN sent body counters.

Nothing has changed in 14 years, the genocide has moved West a few hundred miles to another country, but the West are as powerless as ever to help because of the massive corruption and complacency at every political level.

Deploying a few hundred UK Undertakers would be more effective than sending Professional Soldiers to witness more tribal bloodletting.
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Agree with Stop/Start to a degree, something should be done. However, Belgium contibutes very little militarily to the EU, and the Congo is their former stomping ground.
All for military intervention, but their are many nations with troops doing nothing at the moment. Belgium, Germany, Hungary, Greece, Italy and others are happy to slumber peacefully under the NATO blanket, but are slow to contribute (Standfast the German deployment to ensure the airfield at Kabul is safe for parties and beercalls).
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Old 1st Nov 2008, 18:24
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Sod it,

It's freezing here at the moment. I'll go, leaving the trouble and wife to finish the decorating and I'll be back in time for Christmas with a nice tan and a line in original ethnic gifts.

As long as NATO or the UN don't get their gums into it and Commanders can command on the ground as required then we have a fighting chance.

Still, at least Gordy has called for an end to the violence. That'll help.
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Have they got any oil?
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Old 1st Nov 2008, 18:43
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Stopstart.

You are a tw"t, a bellend, and bottom-feeding ****** of the lower order.

That's it for now. You're not Russell Brand or Jonathan Ross?
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Old 1st Nov 2008, 18:46
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NRF anyone?

I would have thought that this sort of situation was exactly what the NRF was supposed to deal with. It would also give our NATO brethren the chance to show their mettle.

I'm with those who would like to avoid the mass murder of the innocent by the way. BUT - I also wonder where the resources would come from if it were to be UK PLC only again.

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