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Geographically Britain is an island, but economically and politically it is a vital link in the global network. That openness brings great opportunities, but also vulnerabilities. We know that terrorist groups like Al Qaeda are determined to exploit our openness to attack us, and plot to kill as many of our citizens as possible or to inflict a crushing blow to our economy. It is the most pressing threat we face today.

All of this calls for a radical transformation in the way we think about national security and organise ourselves to protect it. We are entering an age of uncertainty. This Strategy is about gearing Britain up for this new age of uncertainty - weighing up the threats we face, and preparing to deal with them. But a strategy is of little value without the tools to implement it, so alongside this National Security Strategy we will tomorrow publish a Strategic Defence and Security Review. This will describe how we will equip our Armed Forces, our police and intelligence agencies to tackle current and future threats as effectively as they dealt with those of the past.

The War on Terror has made the world less safe and caused tens of thousands of additional deaths.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Mon May 9th, 2022 at 06:52:44 AM EST
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Out of curiosity, what makes Britain a "vital link in the global network"?

Her economy is big, but smaller than Japan and Germany. Britain used to have an empire, but it is gone with the wind. Political system may be worse even than the US system. International treaty arrangements are a mess. Spends less on defense than India. Can't even manage to keep her own royal family under control.

My view is that the tendency to view things through the rose-colored glasses of ancient history boosts Britain way above her actual position. It's all about the US and China now; everything else is a sideshow.

by asdf on Tue May 10th, 2022 at 12:06:49 AM EST
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Out of curiosity, what makes Britain a "vital link in the global network"?

Facilitating money-laundering and tax-evasion.

by IdiotSavant on Tue May 10th, 2022 at 02:19:11 AM EST
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Londongrad
by asdf on Tue May 10th, 2022 at 02:28:34 AM EST
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