Independent Scotland unlikely to go to war to defend Vietnam according to defence expert


I’m the self-appointed ‘defence expert’. Though I’m a bit of an amateur in this field, I feel sure of the above prediction. You might be thinking ‘Why on earth would we be going to war to defend Vietnam anyway?’ Well, see this from the Ministry of Defence and The Rt Hon Mike Penning MP on 21st April:

‘UK maritime forces visit Vietnam with French naval task group. UK maritime forces have reaffirmed the UK’s Defence ties with Vietnam during a visit. Around 60 Royal Navy and Royal Marines are currently taking part in a five-month French naval deployment to the Indian Ocean and Far East, aboard French assault ship FS Mistral.’

You might remember that Vietnam has already, on its own, defeated the French twice, the Japanese and the USA so these 60 Marines must be some guys. Reading carefully, it’s clear that this is part of the US agenda to encircle China. The strategy was deeply risky before but now, with Trump as president, it’s getting very scary. The Chinese armed forces are estimated to be around 1.6 million strong. Vietnam, like China, is still a Communist regime.

This positively Pythonesque (Monty) jaunt is the kind of thing that reminds me of the post-imperial vanities and delusions that survive in Westminster and why, most of all, I want Scotland out of this utterly dysfunctional union.


8 thoughts on “Independent Scotland unlikely to go to war to defend Vietnam according to defence expert

  1. daibhidhdeux April 23, 2017 / 1:15 pm

    I would hazard a guess that Ho-Chi-Minh would have been a big of the Scottish re-independence struggle as peacefully waged by Scots citizens.

    Quite a trailblazing approach with appropriate hat tip to the Mahatma.


    • johnrobertson834 April 23, 2017 / 4:28 pm

      We could do with some one as tough as he was. Had his own trail too. Harder than the West Highland way, I’ve heard.


  2. Born Optimist April 23, 2017 / 4:01 pm

    Readers will find John Pilger’s documentary ‘The coming war on China’ of interest if they did not see it on TV a few months ago. It’s available on Youtube.


  3. broadbield April 23, 2017 / 8:03 pm

    Let’s face it, the US will go to war with, or terrorise, or subvert the government of any country whom it sees as a threat / has resources needed by the US / doesn’t cooperate with the US / and-or any other reason it can think of, if doing so furthers it’s goal of world domination. Chomsky is very good on the US as the prime terrorist state. The only thing it seems to have learned from its humiliation in Vietnam is that needs to be stronger militarily and to be prepared to use whatever means are required to achieve its aims, even where this involves acting outside international law, to which it is unaccountable.

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