10/08/2012

Britain’s role in fanning the flames of unrest in Syria

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Several media reports published by a gamut of media outlets from the British Daily Mail to the Israeli military intelligence website DEBKAfile have taken the lid off Britain’s role in fanning the flames of unrest in Syria.

It is therefore that British Foreign Secretary William Hague who secretly provided the armed groups in Syria with the latest satellite phones, has now openly declared war to Syria after the retreat of the by Britain sponsored armed groups in Aleppo. Hague said Britain would step up its support for the armed groups, providing them with an additional £5 million (US$7.8 million). 

The British taxpayer will not be happy with all these new costs.

Britain has spent already more than £18 billion on the war in Afghanistan.

A leading defense expert has tallied the real costs of the UK’s seven-month-old military intervention in Libya on £1.75 billion.

On February 7, 2011, Officials confirmed the rising scale of the cost against a background of Nato pledges to reduce its command structure, agencies and national HQs by 30 per cent in response to savage defence cuts in most of its 28 member states.  Despite the promises, of cuts to Nato bureaucracy, NATO began the construction on a new building to house military officials.  

'Nato's new headquarters in Brussels will cost its members €1billion (£841 million) 'at a time of deep cuts to British defence budgets' (Bruno Waterfield, journalist for the Telegraph, Brussels).

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Nato Brussels headquarters to cost €1billion

Nato's new headquarters in Brussels will cost its members €1billion (£841 million) at a time of deep cuts to British defence budgets and despite promises by the Alliance to cut its costs.

7 Feb 2011 - Officials confirmed the rising scale of the cost against a background of Nato pledges to reduce its command structure, agencies and national HQs by 30 per cent in response to savage defence cuts in most of its 28 member states.

But despite the promises of cuts to Nato bureaucracy, construction began in mid-December on a stylish new building to house military officials. Work is scheduled to finish in 2015.

John Glen, the Conservative MP for Salisbury and a member of the House of Commons defence select committee, expressed “frustration” at the spending of hundreds of millions of pounds on a building while British armed forces faced severe reductions.

”I find it very difficult to square news of this expenditure alongside the painful cuts that the MOD has had to bear,” he said. “I would urge Liam Fox, the Secretary of State, to work with other defence ministers across Nato to reduce the burden on the exchequer. We cannot afford it.”

Jim Murphy, the shadow defence secretary, said: “A lot of eyebrows will be raised and the government must be clearer that this is value for money for British taxpayers.”

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A British government spokesman said that Britain's contribution to the building's costs would be £105 million.

"The UK will contribute 12.5 per cent of this budget and we're scrutinising it closely for value for money. It is important that Nato has a good HQ," he said.

The announcement of the rising building bill came as Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the secretary general of Nato, pleaded with national governments not to cut Alliance spending too far.

“Governments need to cut wisely because cuts that are too deep will make us unable to defend the security on which our democratic societies and prosperous economies are based,” he said.

Alliance officials insist that it is no longer possible to continue operating out of its current HQ, a “temporary” building given to Nato by Belgium in 1967 after it was expelled from Paris by France.

Since then, Nato has grown from 15 to 28 members and no longer has room for all its delegations.

The building’s undulating structure will consist of eight wings, converging in a glass-covered central hall, a design said to “symbolise the allies coming together, while glass walls are supposed to represent Nato’s transparency”.

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Photo: A scale model of the new NATO headquarters is diplayed at the construction site in Brussels

 

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