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A country has to do something with its mil-ind dinosaurs besides change their names, so it gives it one-more-contract to postpone its demise for one more decade and save some jobs.  Long overdue lack of vision to redirect that production to something sustainable.

On the other hand, everyone seems to have forgotten the most recent history of ´territorial´ threats to Spain, (; as late as 2002.  

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perejil_Island
If that´s not hilarious, you can go for pathetic here:
http://preview.tinyurl.com/6kl74r
http://www.revistanaval.com/blimdanet/historias/actualidad/perejil.htm

There were some foreign soldiers who put up a tent and a flag!, there were rumors of heretic goats being dropped off to graze there....  no PP government could have ignored such bellicose ambitions.  What would Spain have done without a ´strong´ navy?

I can only imagine that the UK govt. wants the same protection for its postal boxes in Guernsey.  Makes sense to ´them´.

Our knowledge has surpassed our wisdom. -Charu Saxena.

by metavision on Fri Oct 17th, 2008 at 01:24:19 PM EST
... assault ship, since ... umm ... ???

Since Spanish Soil in Africa is under threat of Invasions that can be seen off by a handful of commandos landed by an inflatable boat dropped off by a fast patrol boat?

Indeed, given the number of tiny African enclaves that Spain claims sovereignty over, the "all the eggs in one basket" approach makes even less sense. A swarm of missile boats with the ability to drop off commando teams would be a far more effective way of maintaining control of a half dozen enclaves on the edges of Morocco.


I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.

by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Fri Oct 17th, 2008 at 04:19:19 PM EST
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Right.  Needed more winky faces and snark quotes.

In the Spanish case, I cannot imagine any strategic plan or future vision, other than business/tradition as usual, to have that kind of ship.  I hope we can outgrow those 20th century manias soon.

Our knowledge has surpassed our wisdom. -Charu Saxena.

by metavision on Fri Oct 17th, 2008 at 04:33:21 PM EST
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... the links stand on their own. As a movie it would have to be a screwball comedy because nobody would credit it really happening.


I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.
by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Fri Oct 17th, 2008 at 06:19:13 PM EST
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