UK trying to offset anti-war campaigns?

Newly-revealed documents show the British Ministry of Defense (MoD) has attempted to counter the mounting anti-war sentiments among Britons to pave the way for more wars.

According to a document obtained by The Guardian based on the Freedom of Information regulations, the ministry has been mulling such efforts at least by November 2012, World Socialist website reported.

The study named Risk: The Implications of Current Attitudes to Risk for the Joint Operational Concept was written by the MoD think tank, the Development, Concepts and Doctrine Centre (DCDC).

œThe military may have come to believe that the public, and through their influence, the political leadership of the government, has become more risk averse on the basis of recent campaigns,” the document argues.

However, its authors describe such an impression as wrong, stressing œwe are in danger of learning false lessons concerning the public™s attitude to military operations”.

The document argues that once the public are œconvinced” of the merits of a military action, they are prepared for its risks and œwill accept casualties as the necessary consequence” of such a choice.

The paper tries to justify its point by wrongly claiming that the Malvinas (Falklands) war and the military operations in Northern Ireland between 1969 and 2007 enjoyed public support.

This is while, British intervention in Northern Ireland was, in fact, widely resented by the public while the chaotic economic situation and massive unemployment figures of the 1980™s left next to no one interested in the costly 1982 war with Argentina over the Malvinas Islands.

Nevertheless, the document claims the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were exceptions and suggests keeping the public less informed to make it easier to run military risks.

That, the document argues, is possible through a state war propaganda agency to allow the armed forces œa clear and constant information campaign in order to influence the major areas of press and public opinion”.

The paper also suggests a number of measures to reduce public sensitivity to wars including by instilling œan attitude that service may involve sacrifice” and by holding low-profile funeral processions for dead soldiers.

At least the latter has not been implemented since the DCDC made the suggestions, though its other proposals, including the one on investment in œautonomous systems for unmanned vehicles”, which is an indirect reference to drones, seem to have been willingly taken up by the government.

The Royal Air Force is now planning to upgrade its drone warfare capability to a level that the unmanned vehicles constitute 30 percent of RAF™s capacity by 2030.


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