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The way we treat our heroes is a disgrace

19 September 2015

8:00 AM

19 September 2015

8:00 AM

Matthew Green, former Financial Times and Reuters correspondent, remains unimpressed by officialdom’s response to casualties who aren’t actually bleeding:

Ever since October 1914, when ‘Case One’ arrived in Myers’s care, the system for tending to the mental wellbeing of soldiers has grown up in a piecemeal and ad-hoc fashion, overshadowed by the Army’s stubborn ambivalence towards psychological injury

(Dr Charles Myers was the Cambridge psychologist seconded to the Royal Army Medical Corps who first used the term ‘shell shock’.)

Green acknowledges that ‘experience teaches that the psychological wounds of war have proved stubbornly difficult to treat’. Nevertheless, he concludes that despite millions of pounds of public and private money being spent to improve treatment, and attitudes to psychiatric casualties having changed radically since Myers’s day, ‘many of those in need of help are not receiving adequate support’. While the MoD is responsible for caring for servicemen as long as they are in uniform, as soon as they are discharged the job passes to the NHS — and to the growing military charity sector.

Some of us have argued for years that closing military hospitals was the gravest mistake, but then I have long thought that while our medical services in the field don’t come any better, the defence medical establishment’s corporate thinking can be as pig-headed as ever it was in Myers’s day, when his views did not appear to support the bankrupt strategy of attrition and he was effectively driven out of France. Little wonder that ‘despite the government’s pledges to ex-forces’, Green has met ‘military families across Britain who feel abandoned and betrayed’.


The number seeking help, according to Combat Stress, the largest of the ex-services’ mental welfare charities, has of late been rising by 26 per cent year on year, and nobody of course knows by how much further it will increase. On the other hand, while the campaign in Afghanistan has brought phenomenal goodwill for the services, and consequently spectacular success for innovative fundraising charities such as Help for Heroes, there is concern that public generosity may dwindle as memory fades. It is against this background that Green sets out to answer the question: ‘How does war break people, and how best might they be healed?’

Given that the answer, by his own reckoning, has eluded some of the finest professional minds in the business for the past century, this is ambitious to say the least. Green hoped that his time as a journalist among soldiers on the ground ‘would serve as a passport into what at first seemed like a forbidding, closed-off military sub-culture, curiously divorced from mainstream British life’ (echoes here of the younger Moltke’s description of the pre-1914 British army — ‘That perfect thing apart’).

The problem is that the services — the army especially, the focus of Green’s study — are initiate organisations. When ‘many ex-forces’ warned him to be wary of the stories he heard, ‘mindful that the first casualty of war is often the truth’, they weren’t wrong. But Green says he has been at pains to check his facts, and he acknowledges that the events described are ‘collections of memories, prone to warp with time’. As an outsider, his task was always going to be hard, for understanding the almost infinitely nuanced culture of the services is a lifelong endeavour. I smiled (sympathetically) at his account of turning up at the RAF Club in Piccadilly inappropriately dressed.

One sees this struggle more seriously when he tries to measure the response to criticism by some veterans of Combat Stress’s new clinical director, whose novel regime of treatment aims to cure rather than provide whole-life support, which was the charity’s former approach. Just whom do you listen to, let alone believe?

Nevertheless, the book is both compelling and instructive. Its account of the development of military psychiatry is particularly good. Green has also ranged wide throughout the military charity sector, ‘like a Victorian butterfly collector, delighting in discovering a new species’, finding that organisations ‘with “for Heroes” occupied by far the biggest branch in this taxonomy’(Rugby for Heroes; Fishing for Heroes; Hounds for Heroes etc). In Bournemouth he met one Sarah Bennett Thurston, founder of a charity called Garrison Girls, which raises money for mental welfare support by producing calendars of forces wives posing nude. Green does not say if the venture and others like it (such as Hotties for Heroes) have had any unfortunate unintended consequences.

And herein lies an issue which Lord Ashcroft, the government’s special representative on ‘veterans’ transition’, addressed in a report last year. Identifying 350 organisations with objectives relating to welfare and mental health — a group with an annual income of some £400 million — his verdict was blunt: the maze of overlapping and competing bodies ranged from the ‘very competent to the (frankly) ineffective. While individual charities may believe they are making the best use of funds as an organisation, collectively they are not.’ Green has some ideas of his own on what to do, such as establishing a senior post within the Cabinet Office to oversee reform.

Aftershock is indeed a work of integrity and substance, and as so much of it touches on interdepartmental matters it ought to be read by every minister. Perhaps a little of the £400 million might be spent on providing them with copies.

Available from the Spectator Bookshop, £18 Tel: 08430 600033. Allan Mallinson is a retired British Army officer and the author of the Matthew Hervey novels, most recently Words of Command.

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  • Hippograd

    The number seeking help, according to Combat Stress, the largest of the ex-services’ mental welfare charities, has of late been rising by 26 per cent year on year, and nobody of course knows by how much further it will increase.

    Come on now. Let’s get our priorities right. There are vulnerable refugees to look after before we worry about the so-called white British and their crypto-fascist armed forces. And what about those 36,000 starving children left destitute by the collapses of Kids Company?

    • Sunset66

      Well the biggest act of cynicism is the heroes tag used by the govt and its supporters
      Sadly they are not all heroes but young men often from relatively poor backgrounds who are well trained but shipped across the world to fight at the behest of a govt

      Everybody knows those wars will create mental health issues, alcoholism and suicide amongst them.

      They are soon dropped when the service can no longer use them and they are left to piece their lives together again. The heroes tag is just to deflect serious discussion as to their treatment after their return

      We really should think twice before we send them to the next war especially if it’s unwinnable in any meaningful way.

      • Hippograd

        Agreed. Being called “heroes” is not a substitute for proper funding and medical treatment.

        • Terry Field

          This was begun by that disgusting creature Brown.

          • Mary Ann

            Hero has always been a word overused by the media.

          • Tom M

            Largely synonymous with “key workers” in public services.

    • Les

      26% per year means a doubling every 30 months. Atvthat rate by 2030 every member of the armed forces will be mental.

    • Jaria1

      If the gvt send these youngsters over there or any where else to do their duty and put themselves at risk its the gvts job to look after them. The US seem to have the message whichat least keeps those creepy lawyers and so called peaceniks away . So should we.
      We should not be asked to favour one against the other. They are entirely different cases.
      It would help if we didnt give £12 billion in aid to flatulents cows in SA. as an example.
      Something our gvts do without our permission.

  • Frank

    Of course none of this neglect would occur if a sufficient number of our wonderful MPs got off their bums and held the Defence Ministers to account.
    It is wonderful to see our MPs getting all heated about Corbyn and his white poppy, but what about caring for those who got injured fighting your wars?

  • Chamber Pot

    What is required to change all of this is a properly constituted UK Department of Veterans Affairs that is not part of the Ministry of Defence as the needs of fighting men and women are furthest from the concerns of these scribblers.

  • cartimandua

    The Army cannot afford to recognize psychological injury. It could not then send men into meat grinders with suicidal rules of engagement.

  • Terry Field

    This dysmal dispensation is all a part of the collapse of moral force, self-belief and desire to protect and extend our civilisation. The mulatto population has no sense of the vale of the civilisation it has now so traduced; our time is at an end, and the past is being buried by an avalanche of lies, distortions, malice, foul infuence from university-based sneerers of all kinds, and a putrid political dispensation, characterised by corruption, venality and gutlessness.
    add to that the competition from barbaric religions and civilisations now eating out our heart from the inside and there is only the dream of the past to take comfort in.
    This is a rerun of Roman Europe in the fourth century.
    Our future is a ruination.

  • Abie Vee

    Frankly, we throw the term “heroes” around far too casually; so casually as to cheapen the term and devoid it of proper meaning. Oh yes, there are indeed heroes and incredibly brave men (in all walks of life) and these people are identified by the system… rewarded and awarded with special recognition. But to suggest that each and every person who ever took the King’s shilling is, by definition, a hero, is patently absurd: preposterous!

    If that was all there was to it, well… it wouldn’t be too much of a problem. There is, of course, a darker purpose to this ostentatious, hyper-emotional, faux-patriotic, militaristic ritual gesturing that rational people find discomforting. And that purpose is to promote the cause of militarism, to cower and intimidate the opponents of war, and weld the national consciousness into unquestioning obedience to government and it’s aims and priorities (which may well run counter to the national interest and the electorate’s interest). In short, it’s a form of mass manipulation and indoctrination.

    Of course we should do more for the shattered and broken veterans; it goes without saying that we have a duty to these people. Hiding behind flag-waving and intimidating poppy-fascism is not the way to do it.

    • 3aple

      Please do correct me if I’m wrong, but if I remember my ancient Greek correctly, a “hero” was one who was worthy of belonging.

      Unless they failed their basic training, or were drummed out of the services, that would appear to apply to all who “took the King’s shilling,” as you put it.

      By the way, things have moved on a little; we now have a Queen, though in real terms, the pay has probably gone backwards.

      .

      • Abie Vee

        As usual, you people take refuge in semantic wriggling and pedantry.

        Your comment confirms my observation that the word is cheapened and demeaned by over-use; to argue that anyone who has ever had basic military training is perforce a hero is absurd.

    • E.I.Cronin

      ”ostentatious, hyper-emotional, faux-compassionistic, militaristic ritual gesturing”…
      Oh the irony. Sounds exactly like the leftist extremists in the Refugee Industry.

      • Abie Vee

        A refugee “industry” eh? Just when you think you’ve heard it all, up pops a shill. Is there a bidding war in lunacy among you people?

        Cause and effect: the cause is the arms industry, the oil industry, American Imperial ambition and Zionism. The effect is millions of displaced persons. Things have a way of biting you on the bum.

        The bitter-sweet sweet irony of it all. And who says God doesn’t have a sense of humour, eh?

  • Luke

    Mr. boy is a long serving US Navy Seal and agrees that calling anyone wearing a military uniform a ‘hero’ is a bit foolish.

    Over using the term ‘hero’ is a typical American exaggeration that unfortunately has been adopted by the British usually a far more restrained and articulate people than their cousins on the other side of the Atlantic.

    The vast majority of troops never approach doing anything remarkably heroic largely because they have too much common sense.

    There are heroic incidents but they are the rare exception and not a common occurrence.

    A soldier or Marine who is well trained and motivated does not have to be unusually heroic to be effective and properly perform his job.

    He also has tremendous respect for the British and Australian troops with whom he has worked with. They possess some unique qualities that he wishes he could find displayed in the U.S. Army.

  • Captain Dryland

    The second world war, from which we take much of our ‘hero’ notion, was a war of national survival. It was a war of national defence against a recognisable (because uniformed), organised, powerful and dangerous enemy, intent on invasion and conquest of the homeland, to be followed by imposition of foreign and alien ways, values, moralities, policies, and so on. The vast majority of the British population agreed with the war against Hitler’s armies, and thought it a good and noble thing to do. Under these circumstances, a British soldier could be proud of the tedious, frightening, ghastly, heroic, harsh, and cruel acts he was ordered to do. However horrible his experience, and however disgusted with his own actions, he knew that every man, woman, and dog in Britain forgave him his temporary inhumanity, and admired and thanked him for doing his duty. Besides this, it was a mass effort involving millions of men much the same as himself. each one feeling much the same as himself.

    Contrast the modern British war. By no means a mass effort, but fought by a small and diminishing professional army largely cut off from the rest of society and in many quarters despised as salaried killers. The menace from the enemy is not one of armed invasion and conquest, but some cloudy, obscure, ideological threat that is supposed somehow to be neutered by killing people who live thousands of miles away. It seems there is no real physical threat to Britain. More confusingly, the soldiers who risk their necks fighting Islamist supremacists abroad, must watch while the politicians who order them to war, supposedly on behalf of British safety and interests, act in the same breath to invite tens of thousands of Muslim migrants into Britain, whose alleigance is to the same creed from which the dangerous type of Islamists also spring.

    It is little wonder that soldiers have mental health problems when they are ordered out to kill and die in wars whose reasons, objectives, and moral basis are so clouded or corrupted, and where the ideological ‘enemy’ is to be killed in his own homeland, but succoured and invited in as soon as he manages to set foot on British soil.

    • mecha-rigsby

      Excellent post.

    • E.I.Cronin

      Seconded! Thanks Captain.

    • Kasperlos

      Well observed, indeed. The psychological disconnect for some comes from the recognition that they were had vis-a-vis the government saying one thing and doing another. This confusion leads for some to despair. A nation’s armed forces of should be employed, generally speaking, only to defend its territorial integrity. We see right this minute the unspeakable absence of any action in the face of the gravest existential threat to this Realm and the Continent since 1939. The adventurism taking place thousands of miles distant has everything to do with the hordes of Saracens (some no doubt bent on acts of untold violence) washing up on Europe’s shores. Save for Hungary, where are the militaries to defend Europe’s borders to halt an orchestrated (by whom is another topic) Trojan Horse invasion by seemingly the entire MENACASA? The countless British heroes of the Great and Second World War have been monstrously betrayed by duplicitous plotters. The government of these generations have no honour and do not care a wit what the voters think. They only do the bidding of their masters – which is not the voter. Surprise! Not. This will end badly.

    • plainsdrifter

      Very good synopsis. Not so fundamentally different to the American experience in Vietnam.

  • Dominic Stockford

    I was chaplain to a military hospital in Plymouth – it was wrong to close it. Even physical wounds have a different context to those of non-combatants.

  • trace9

    As the Light Brigade neared the Russian cannon-line, blazing at them a few yards directly in front, a Hussar trooper was heard shouting to his neighbour, ‘Come on, don’t let those bastards [17th Lancers] get in front of us!’
    Now there’s a ‘comment’ to beat all, from the days the British Army, & Navy could indeed beat ’em all.

  • Nick

    Hey! But as long as we’re looking after the muslims coming into the country then we’re okay.

  • Jaria1

    Sending our young men and women to fight against terrorists who wear no uniforms and have no rules of combat is an absolute disgrace.
    They see their friends entrails hanging from trees after undergoing extreme torture and are hauled up in front of a civilian court and judged by those who have never experienced the conditions these men face.
    Im surprised they dont say im not going there unless we can fight under equal terms with the enemy and most certainly dont have unwantec lawyers and amnesty representatives.making his life impossible.

    • “Sending our young men and women to fight against terrorists who wear no uniforms and have no rules of combat is an absolute disgrace.”

      The ‘terrorists’ are Marxists feigning the religious identity of Islam, which forbids (1) the mutilation of bodies; (2) the non-wearing of uniforms that identifies the combatant from the civilian; and (3)the not taking of prisoners, as the following proves…

      The following is a discovery I made in April regarding the fake collapse of the USSR, and what that fraudulent collapse proves about the institutions of the West…

      When Soviet citizens were liberated from up to 74 years of horrific Marxist oppression on December 26, 1991 there were ZERO celebrations throughout the USSR, proving (1) the ‘collapse’ of the USSR is a strategic ruse; and (2) the political parties of the West were already co-opted by Marxists,* otherwise the USSR (and East Bloc nations) couldn’t have gotten away with the ruse.

      ZERO celebrations, as the The Atlantic article inadvertently informs us…

      http://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2011/12/20-years-since-the-fall-of-the-soviet-union/100214/

      Notice, however, the Kremlin staged anti-government demonstrations that took place in Russia (and other Soviet republics) in the years immediately preceding the ‘collapse’, yet ZERO celebrations after the ‘collapse’!

      For more on this discovery see my blog…

      https://sites.google.com/site/deanjackson60/

      Conclusion:

      The West will form new political parties where candidates are vetted for Marxist ideology, the use of the polygraph to be an important tool for such vetting. Then the West can finally liberate the globe of vanguard Communism.

      ————————-

      * The failed socialist inspired and controlled pan-European revolutions that swept the continent in 1848(1) thought Marxists and socialists a powerful lesson, that lesson being they couldn’t win overtly,(2) so they adopted the tactic of infiltration of the West’s political parties/institutions. In the case of the United States…(continue reading at DNotice)…

      https://sites.google.com/site/deanjackson60/now-you-see-me-now-you-don-t

      Now you know why not one political party in the West requested verification of the collapse of the USSR, and the media failed to alert your attention to this fact, including the ‘alternative’ media. When determining whether the ‘former’ USSR is complying with arms control treaties, what does the United States do to confirm compliance? Right, the United States sends into the ‘former’ USSR investigative teams to VERIFY compliance, yet when it’s the fate of the West that’s at stake should the collapse of the USSR be a ruse, what does the United States do to confirm the collapse? Nothing!

      The fraudulent ‘collapse’ of the USSR (and East Bloc) couldn’t have been pulled off until both political parties in the United States (and political parties elsewhere in the West) were co-opted by Marxists, which explains why verification of the ‘collapse’ was never undertaken by the West, such verification being (1) a natural administrative procedure (since the USSR wasn’t occupied by Western military forces); and (2) necessary for the survival of the West. Recall President Reagan’s favorite phrase, “Trust, but verify”.

      It gets worse–the ‘freed’ Soviets and West also never (1) de-Communized the Soviet Armed Forces of its Communist Party officer corps, which was 90% officered by Communist Party members; and (2) arrested/de-mobilized the 6-million vigilantes that assisted the Soviet Union’s Ministry of the Interior and police control the populations of the larger cities during the period of ‘Perestroika’ (1986-1991)!

      There can be no collapse of the USSR (or East Bloc nations) without…

      Verification, De-Communization and De-mobilization.

      The West never verified the collapse of the USSR because no collapse occurred, since if a real collapse had occurred the West would have verified it, since the survival of the West depends on verification. Conversely, this proves that the political parties of the West were co-opted by Marxists long before the fraudulent collapse of the USSR, since the survival of the West depends on verification.

      The above means that the so-called ‘War on Terror’ is an operation being carried out by the Marxist co-opted governments of the West in alliance with the USSR and other Communist nations, the purpose being to (1) destroy the prominence of the West in the eyes of the world, where the West is seen (i) invading nations without cause; (ii) causing chaos around the globe; and (iii) killing over one-million civilians and boasting of torture; (2) close off non-Russian supplies of oil for export, thereby increasing the price of oil, the higher price allowing oil exporting Russia to maintain economic stability while she modernizes and increases her military forces; (3) destroy the United States Armed Forces via the never-ending ‘War on Terror’; the ultimate purpose of the aforementioned to (4) bring about the demise of the United States in the world, opening up a political void to be filled by a new pan-national entity composed of Europe and Russia (replacing the European Union), a union ‘From the Atlantic to Vladivostok’; which will (5) see the end of NATO.

      Now you know how Bolshevik Russia survived in 1917; how the West ‘lost’ China to the Communists in 1949; why the Eisenhower administration turned a deaf ear to the anti-Communist Hungarian uprising in 1956; why the Eisenhower administration in 1959 was indifferent to the Castro brothers’ Communist fidelity, actually used the CIA to overthrow the Batista government; why the Nixon administration abandoned Taiwan for Communist China, and signed treaties/provided economic aid to the USSR; why the Nixon administration refused to tell the American People that over 50% of North Vietnamese NVA regiments were actually Chinese People’s Liberation Army soldiers (attired in NVA uniforms, and proving that the Sino/Soviet Split was a ruse, as KGB defector Major Anatoliy Golitsyn told the West back in 1962), thereby (1) ensuring the Vietnam War would be lost; (2) destroying the prominence of the United States abroad and at home; (3) breeding distrust between the American people and their government; and (4) securing Communist victories in Southeast Asia. Working in the background within the political parties of the United States and Great Britain were Marxist agents doing their best to (1) ensure the survival of Communist nations when they popped up; and (2) sabotage any policies that would bring down a Communist nation. That’s why after the fake collapses of the East Bloc nations and USSR there was no mandatory Western verification process to ensure the Communists weren’t still in control.

      • Abie Vee

        You SAY there were ZERO celebrations yet you never provide a single shred of evidence. I’d suggest that the rest of your life’s work is equally bogus.

      • Jaria1

        thats a hell of a lot to be asked to take on board Dean Jackson.
        I always reckoned Gorbachov deserved the Nobel Peace prize more than any other winner.
        He had two choices when he found the USSR could not compete and avoid bankrupting the USSR. Fortunately he chose peace as opposed to war.
        For the USSR to lose control of those buffer countries which protected it from the West called the Warsaw Pact went against all Russian interests. We saw how Putin reacted when the EU broke its promise and tried to extend its influence into the Ukraine.
        I think Russians have learnt not to show their feelings too much in public , those that have done so and upset Putins Russia occupy very unpleasant quarters in Siberia. Although they did appear on the Streets after Gorbachov was ousted by the cheery old drunk ( forget his name) ive several close friends that go to Russia on business . They are instructed to steer clear of Politics and Putin but their Russian hosts have plenty to say.
        The furore that Corbyn caused when speaking of his admiration of Putin would suggest that we are not so close to Russia as you would imagine.
        Cant get that bit about the middle East terrorists being Marxist when their Ayatollahs wield all the power and their bravery is due to them looking forward to dying and joining their prophet with all those virgins. Seems a long way from Marxism to me.
        However you raise so many points and ask for a complete change in long held opinions that I need to re read your post probably more than once.

        • “thats a hell of a lot to be asked to take on board Dean “Jackson.”

          That’s the beauty of the following proofs, they’re self-explanatory…

          ‘There can be no collapse of the USSR (or East Bloc nations) without…

          Verification, De-Communization and De-mobilization.’

          …and…

          ‘The West never verified the collapse of the USSR because no collapse occurred, since if a real collapse had occurred the West would have verified it, since the survival of the West depends on verification. Conversely, this proves that the political parties of the West were co-opted by Marxists long before the fraudulent collapse of the USSR, since the survival of the West depends on verification.’

          …and…

          ‘When Soviet citizens were liberated from up to 74 years of horrific Marxist oppression on December 26, 1991 there were ZERO celebrations throughout the USSR, proving (1) the ‘collapse’ of the USSR is a strategic ruse; and (2) the political parties of the West were already co-opted by Marxists, otherwise the USSR (and East Bloc nations) couldn’t have gotten away with the ruse.’

          …and…

          ‘…the ‘freed’ Soviets and West also never (1) de-Communized the Soviet Armed Forces of its Communist Party officer corps, which was 90% officered by Communist Party members; and (2) arrested/de-mobilized the 6-million vigilantes that assisted the Soviet Union’s Ministry of the Interior and police control the populations of the larger cities during the period of ‘Perestroika’ (1986-1991)!’

          “I always reckoned Gorbachov deserved the Nobel Peace prize more than any other winner.”

          Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev and Soviet minister of foreign affairs Eduard Shevardnadze on the upcoming new European union with Russia:

          ‘Editor’s Note: The phrases ‘From the Atlantic to the Urals’, ‘From the Atlantic to Vladivostok’ and ‘From Vancouver to Vladivostok’ are interchangeable in the strategists’ lexicon. In the course of his Nobel Peace Prize Lecture, delivered in Oslo in June 1992, Gorbachev said: ‘Our [sic] vision of the European space from the Atlantic to the Urals is not that of a closed system. Since it includes the Soviet Union [sic], which reaches to the shores of the Pacific, it goes beyond nominal geographical boundaries’. Note that Gorbachev, who had been out of office for six months, referred to the Soviet Union, not Russia. In an interview on Moscow Television on 19 November 1991, Eduard Shevardnadze continued speaking as though he was still Soviet Foreign Minister: ‘I think that the idea of a Common European Home, the building of a united Europe, and I would like to underline today, of great Europe, the building of Great Europe, great, united Europe, from the Atlantic to the Urals, from the Atlantic to Vladivostok, including all our territory, most probably a European-Asian space, this project is inevitable. I am sure that we will come to building a united military space as well. To say more precisely: we will build a united Europe, whose security will be based on the principles of collective security. Precisely, collective security’. These statements by key implementers of the strategy reflect the central strategic objective of asserting ‘irreversible’ Russian/Soviet hegemony over Eurasia, thus establishing the primary geographical component of the intended World Government.’ — ‘The Perestroika Deception’, by KGB defector Major Anatoliy Golitsyn.

          http://www.spiritoftruth.org/The_Perestroika_Deception.pdf

          …and here’s more on the upcoming “Atlantic to Vladivostok” union…

          https://web.archive.org/web/20140210090314/http://www.russkiymir.ru/russkiymir/en/publications/interview/interview0004.html

          …and here’s Vladimir Putin in 2012 (the year before the anti-Communist Ukraine emergency erupted—the eruption due to the weakened security situation, where a critical number of Ukraine Ground Forces were in Turkey preparing to enter Iraq—placing a hold on the EU collapse operation) pushing the new union with Europe…

          “Russia is an inalienable and organic part of Greater Europe and European civilization. Our citizens think of themselves as Europeans. We are by no means indifferent to developments in united Europe.

          That is why Russia proposes moving toward the creation of a common economic and human space from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean – a community referred by Russian experts to as “the Union of Europe,” which will strengthen Russia’s potential and position in its economic pivot toward the “new Asia.”‘

          http://valdaiclub.com/politics/39300.html

          When the new “Atlantic to Vladivostok” union materializes, Communist strategists will have achieved two goals, (1) the further isolation of the United States in the world; and (2) the disbanding of NATO.

        • Abie Vee

          His method is simple: he bores you to death with a tsunami of circular, tautological, self-referential, counter factual, historically revisionist bullshjt. He has been at this all his life. Sad, eh?

          • “His method is simple: he bores you to death with a tsunami of circular, tautological, self-referential, counter factual, historically revisionist bullshjt. He has been at this all his life.”

            Hey Comrade, do you know why the West didn’t VERIFY the ‘collapse’ of the USSR, when the survival of the West depends on VERIFICATION?

            Can you tell us how there can be a ‘collapse’ of the USSR when the Soviet military officer corps still controls the fifteen militaries of the ‘former’ USSR?

            Can you tell us how there can be a ‘collapse’ of the USSR when the Soviet electorates are electing back into power for president the same Soviet era Communist Party members that persecuted the 95% of the Soviet population that weren’t Communist Part members? When do those liberated from murderers elect back into power murderers!

            Can you tell us why Soviet era KGB agents weren’t flushed out of all the religious institutions in the USSR in early 1992? Those KGB agents still control the Russian Orthodox Church! No wonder Putin and the Russian Orthodox Church are so close!

      • Abie Vee

        What ” ZERO”? … evidence… evidence… evidence… evidence… evidence is there NONE!

        • “What ” ZERO”? … evidence… evidence… evidence… evidence… evidence is there NONE!”

          Once more for the Marxist operative who pretends he didn’t see the following proof…

          ‘When Soviet citizens were liberated from up to 74 years of horrific Marxist oppression on December 26, 1991 there were ZERO celebrations throughout the USSR, proving (1) the ‘collapse’ of the USSR is a strategic ruse; and (2) the political parties of the West were already co-opted by Marxists,* otherwise the USSR (and East Bloc nations) couldn’t have gotten away with the ruse.

          ZERO celebrations, as the The Atlantic article inadvertently informs us…

          http://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2011/12/20-years-since-the-fall-of-the-soviet-union/100214/

          Notice, however, the Kremlin staged anti-government demonstrations that took place in Russia (and other Soviet republics) in the years immediately preceding the ‘collapse’, yet ZERO celebrations after the ‘collapse’!’

  • Kasperlos

    After the Cold War – and even somewhat before – the MoD phased out its hospital system. A terrible mistake and a betrayal, but one which fit in with the transformation of HM Forces into more of a not-so-military business-like enterprise. The military has one foot in the field the other in the corporate board room. Consider forces members who are sent into combat, fight are wounded and return to a civilian setting (save Headley Court) as if they were taxi driver in London sent to Guys hospital after an accident. A military hospital setting maintains the sense of being cared for with an intact identity that is drilled into the forces member. Yes, it is psychological. A transition from post-hospital care to when the forces member re-enters the civilian world is important. A setting/atmosphere amongst peers/fellowes is important for many a wounded member.

    • “After the Cold War…”

      What “after” are you ignorantly referring to?

      A Pictorial Presentation Of The Fraudulent Collapse Of The USSR…

      (1) The Emblem of the Soviet Union atop the Russian State Duma building…

      http://footage.framepool.com/shotimg/qf/544004264-duma-kremlin-palace-russian-flag-red-square.jpg

      Notice that the State Emblem of the Soviet Union is illuminated at night for clear viewing by Muscovites…

      http://www.shutterstock.com/video/clip-3345878-stock-footage-street-traffic-on-okhotny-ryad-and-state-duma-at-evening-in-moscow.html

      …however the coat of arms of the Russian Federation, situated above the door between the fourth and fifth floors, isn’t illuminated, though either side of the heraldic design is illuminated for no apparent purpose other than to highlight the heraldic design’s obsolescence.

      (2) High atop the facade of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs building, the State Emblem of the Soviet Union is Illuminated with pinpoint precision at night…

      http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4149/5168126126_02c5505a79_m.jpg

      (3) The State Emblem of the Soviet Union atop the Russian Ministry of Defense building, including other Soviet era iconography…

      http://static.panoramio.com/photos/large/51802114.jpg

      (4) Soviet Red Stars atop Kremlin towers remain where Stalin placed them in 1935…

      http://rt.com/files/news/37/3d/30/00/russia-ukraine-dialogue-peskov.si.jpg

      (5) Moscow’s Central Post Office employees are still in the dark as to the ‘collapse’ of the USSR in late 1991..

      http://www.wired.com/images_blogs/dangerroom/2012/10/Central_telegraph_Moscow.jpg

      Why, you ask? Click the following link for the answer…

      https://encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSWwliNXIZONPNidfnkRh6BxX75JS3mQB5Qp0PCgGiYzNI61EF2

      (6) Headquarters of the Russian Federal Security Service, and the Soviet Union’s security service, the KGB…

      https://worldsgreatesttravelblog.files.wordpress.com/2010/01/russia-1021.jpg

      Note the State Emblem of the Soviet Union still over the main door (click picture to enlarge), and hammer and sickle logo still above the clock. And here’s the Lubyanka at nightime…

      http://vindenes.nu/gallery/wp-content/gallery/m419.jpg

      Note illumination of hammer & sickle, and enhanced illumination of area above the main door, where the office of the KGB chief was located (third floor).

      (7) Satellite image of the Volga River cities of Engels, (right), and Saratov (left)…

      http://img-fotki.yandex.ru/get/9504/190708966.8/0_8a367_1ca2f18f_L.jpg

      Engels Air Force Base is east of Engels city, where the two long parallel lines are located…

      http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-w6rMlJAPFXU/UJ7KEuTD1FI/AAAAAAAABnE/9JkaNrXYY28/s1600/RUSSIA-ENGEL.jpg

      Notice that Engels city and adjacent air base were named after Marxist “hero” Friedrich Engels, but the names were never changed after Russians were “liberated” from Soviet tyranny in December 1991 with the ‘collapse’ of the USSR.

      (8) The province of Leningrad Oblast is still named in honor of the great Russian persecutor (and Marxist “hero”), who despised and cruelly stamped out Russian culture…

      http://www.russianlessons.net/russia/leningrad/russia-leningrad.gif

      (9) The province of Kaliningrad Oblast is still named after Marxist “hero” Mikhail Kalinin, nominal head of the USSR, 1922-1946…

      http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/5/59/Kaliningrad_in_Russia.svg/1181px-Kaliningrad_in_Russia.svg.png

      (10) Red Star, the Official newspaper of the Soviet Union’s Ministry of Defense…

      http://www.callsignalpha.co.uk/newspaper.jpg

      Note the Soviet era title (Red Star) and the four Soviet emblems (representing awards) to the left of the masthead, the outer emblem displaying Vladimir Lenin. Now, click the following link to view the official newspaper of the Russian Ministry of Defense…

      http://www.redstar.ru/

      The newspaper is still called Red Star(!) and still has the four Soviet emblems with Vladimir Lenin still present!

      (11) Soviet roundel still on Russian military aircraft…

      http://theuspatriot.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Russian-fighter-jets1.jpg

      (12) Soviet era Communist emblem (the Soviet red star) still attached to the bows of Russian naval vessels…

      http://global.fncstatic.com/static/managed/img/fn-latino/news/Russian%20Naval%20Ship.jpg

      (13) The hated hammer & sickle logo still used by Aeroflot, purpose being to remind Russians when they travel abroad to be careful what they say to foreigners concerning the ‘collapse’ of the USSR and who’s still in control of the ‘former’ USSR…

      https://web.archive.org/web/20150329150207im_/http://www.airplane-pictures.net/images/uploaded-images/2013-8/31/316500.jpg

      (14) The brigades of the Armed Forces of Ukraine never destroyed their detested Soviet banners, nor did Kiev order the armed forces to destroy the reviled Soviet era banners …

      http://blouinnews.com/sites/default/files/styles/640×432/public/images/story/2014_03_04/7f095050f5b1431d027e102cb4b5d681.jpeg

      …and the left side of the Soviet banner…

      http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/cms/binary/9577387.jpg?size=640×420

      Aren’t there schools in the UK that teach how to research and think critically?

      • Kasperlos

        How’s this for a bit of critical analysis: A bit off topic, are we.

        • “How’s this for a bit of critical analysis: A bit off topic, are we.”

          You’re the one who observed, “After the Cold War…” I’m merely correcting that errant phrase, meaning the rest of your comment is in error too, as the following clarifies…

          The following is a discovery I made in April regarding the fake collapse of the USSR, and what that fraudulent collapse proves about the institutions of the West…

          When Soviet citizens were liberated from up to 74 years of horrific Marxist oppression on December 26, 1991 there were ZERO celebrations throughout the USSR, proving (1) the ‘collapse’ of the USSR is a strategic ruse; and (2) the political parties of the West were already co-opted by Marxists,* otherwise the USSR (and East Bloc nations) couldn’t have gotten away with the ruse.

          ZERO celebrations, as the The Atlantic article inadvertently informs us…

          http://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2011/12/20-years-since-the-fall-of-the-soviet-union/100214/

          Notice, however, the Kremlin staged anti-government demonstrations that took place in Russia (and other Soviet republics) in the years immediately preceding the ‘collapse’, yet ZERO celebrations after the ‘collapse’!

          For more on this discovery see my blog…

          https://sites.google.com/site/deanjackson60/

          Conclusion:

          The West will form new political parties where candidates are vetted for Marxist ideology, the use of the polygraph to be an important tool for such vetting. Then the West can finally liberate the globe of vanguard Communism.

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          * The failed socialist inspired and controlled pan-European revolutions that swept the continent in 1848(1) thought Marxists and socialists a powerful lesson, that lesson being they couldn’t win overtly,(2) so they adopted the tactic of infiltration of the West’s political parties/institutions. In the case of the United States…(continue reading at DNotice)…

          https://sites.google.com/site/deanjackson60/now-you-see-me-now-you-don-t

          Now you know why not one political party in the West requested verification of the collapse of the USSR, and the media failed to alert your attention to this fact, including the ‘alternative’ media. When determining whether the ‘former’ USSR is complying with arms control treaties, what does the United States do to confirm compliance? Right, the United States sends into the ‘former’ USSR investigative teams to VERIFY compliance, yet when it’s the fate of the West that’s at stake should the collapse of the USSR be a ruse, what does the United States do to confirm the collapse? Nothing!

          The fraudulent ‘collapse’ of the USSR (and East Bloc) couldn’t have been pulled off until both political parties in the United States (and political parties elsewhere in the West) were co-opted by Marxists, which explains why verification of the ‘collapse’ was never undertaken by the West, such verification being (1) a natural administrative procedure (since the USSR wasn’t occupied by Western military forces); and (2) necessary for the survival of the West. Recall President Reagan’s favorite phrase, “Trust, but verify”.

          It gets worse–the ‘freed’ Soviets and West also never (1) de-Communized the Soviet Armed Forces of its Communist Party officer corps, which was 90% officered by Communist Party members; and (2) arrested/de-mobilized the 6-million vigilantes that assisted the Soviet Union’s Ministry of the Interior and police control the populations of the larger cities during the period of ‘Perestroika’ (1986-1991)!

          There can be no collapse of the USSR (or East Bloc nations) without…

          Verification, De-Communization and De-mobilization.

          The West never verified the collapse of the USSR because no collapse occurred, since if a real collapse had occurred the West would have verified it, since the survival of the West depends on verification. Conversely, this proves that the political parties of the West were co-opted by Marxists long before the fraudulent collapse of the USSR, since the survival of the West depends on verification.

          The above means that the so-called ‘War on Terror’ is an operation being carried out by the Marxist co-opted governments of the West in alliance with the USSR and other Communist nations, the purpose being to (1) destroy the prominence of the West in the eyes of the world, where the West is seen (i) invading nations without cause; (ii) causing chaos around the globe; and (iii) killing over one-million civilians and boasting of torture; (2) close off non-Russian supplies of oil for export, thereby increasing the price of oil, the higher price allowing oil exporting Russia to maintain economic stability while she modernizes and increases her military forces; (3) destroy the United States Armed Forces via the never-ending ‘War on Terror’; the ultimate purpose of the aforementioned to (4) bring about the demise of the United States in the world, opening up a political void to be filled by a new pan-national entity composed of Europe and Russia (replacing the European Union), a union ‘From the Atlantic to Vladivostok’; which will (5) see the end of NATO.

          Now you know how Bolshevik Russia survived in 1917; how the West ‘lost’ China to the Communists in 1949; why the Eisenhower administration turned a deaf ear to the anti-Communist Hungarian uprising in 1956; why the Eisenhower administration in 1959 was indifferent to the Castro brothers’ Communist fidelity, actually used the CIA to overthrow the Batista government; why the Nixon administration abandoned Taiwan for Communist China, and signed treaties/provided economic aid to the USSR; why the Nixon administration refused to tell the American People that over 50% of North Vietnamese NVA regiments were actually Chinese People’s Liberation Army soldiers (attired in NVA uniforms, and proving that the Sino/Soviet Split was a ruse, as KGB defector Major Anatoliy Golitsyn told the West back in 1962), thereby (1) ensuring the Vietnam War would be lost; (2) destroying the prominence of the United States abroad and at home; (3) breeding distrust between the American people and their government; and (4) securing Communist victories in Southeast Asia. Working in the background within the political parties of the United States and Great Britain were Marxist agents doing their best to (1) ensure the survival of Communist nations when they popped up; and (2) sabotage any policies that would bring down a Communist nation. That’s why after the fake collapses of the East Bloc nations and USSR there was no mandatory Western verification process to ensure the Communists weren’t still in control.

  • Jackthesmilingblack

    Why would you be inspired to fight for a country that treats you like $hit?

    • Labour Mole Catcher

      You Provisional IRA sympathiser never keep quiet, do you?!

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