September 23, 2010 | September Haikus

Clouds, thin as white hair
combed across a brown scalp;
here across blue sky.

God is for
worshipping – not for calling on
to exact revenge.

Aesthetic – ah yes!
On an aesthetic, critics can’t agree.
Anaesthetic? Not now.

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September 23, 2010 | BRITISH DEFENCE EXPENDITURE - FOR WHAT WORLD?

The Ministry of Defence’s document, “The Future Character of Conflict” (March 2010), presumably remains the anticipated backgrounds of 2014 and 2029, against which spending proposals are being judged.

Two problems with the document:

1 There is little change from today’s Britain in the Britain postulated for the seriously changed worlds in 4 and in 19 years’ [...]

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