Turn enemies into friends

PUBLISHED: 02:01 01 October 2008 | UPDATED: 22:24 15 June 2010

Two new aircraft carriers have been ordered, costing nearly £4 billion. The government is proud" and the Navy is thrilled." Defence Minister Des Browne says the cost is affordable." The price of the ships does not include their eighty American F35 stri

Two new aircraft carriers have been ordered, costing nearly £4 billion. The government is "proud" and the Navy is "thrilled." Defence Minister Des Browne says the cost is "affordable." The price of the ships does not include their eighty American F35 strike planes, each costing tens of millions of pounds.Our current level of military spending is damaging our national interest, both economically and morally. A typical British family now contributes almost £200 per month to our annual military budget of £35 billion. The fact that money for these ships can be nodded through as "affordable" when Post Offices and NHS budgets are axed to save cash illustrates a distorted sense of priorities.We depend on the US for Trident, our own weapon of mass destruction. Successive governments, still believing that Britain is a superpower, buy nuclear weapons to face a threat that does not exist with money that should be spent on tackling climate change and world hunger, and on promoting more effective peacemaking missions in conflict zones.We are not powerless against the war machine. Thousands of dedicated people put their trust in real alternatives to war. The vicious spiral of war and hatred and vengeance must by broken. Jesus Christ teaches nothing about self-defence, but a lot about the power of non-violent self-sacrificing love to turn enemies into friends. Arthur Wright Townsend Avenue Seaton


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