Sunday, August 20, 2006
We spent the afternoon with friends and all the children watching the Red Arrows perform over Torquay Harbour this afternoon.
I am fortunate enough to have a house that has a terraced Garden that looks out across the Bay from directly above the harbour and we had a superb viewing spot.
There is no doubt that the British Armed Services are the most proficient in the world.
Seeing the planes in action reminded me how stretched our armed services are at the moment, when - since 1947- have we had soldiers fighting for their lives in so many places at once?
Why is it that we seem to have been dragged into so many conflicts?
Could it be because the 'war' on terror is a nice little distraction from the less pleasant realities of the way the country is (or isn't) being run - or is that being just too cynical?
There is a very good satirical movie (can't remember the name) in which Dustin Hoffman plays a Hollywood film director called in to stage a fake war to ensure the US President gets re-elected on a wave of patriotic euphoria.
Fiction, or course.