Newly-revealed documents show the British Ministry of Defense (MoD) has attempted to counter the mounting anti-war sentiments among Britons to pave the way for more wars.
According to a document obtained by The Guardian based on the Freedom of Information regulations, the ministry has been mulling such efforts at least by November 2012.
The study named Risk: The Implications of Current Attitudes to Risk for the Joint Operational Concept was written by the MoD think tank, the Development, Concepts and Doctrine Centre (DCDC).
The document argues: “The military may have come to believe that the public, and through their influence, the political leadership of the government, has become more risk averse on the basis of recent campaigns.”
However, its authors describe such an impression as wrong, stressing “we are in danger of learning false lessons concerning the public’s attitude to military operations”.
The paper tries to justify its point by wrongly claiming that the Malvinas (Falklands) war and the military operations in Northern Ireland between 1969 and 2007 enjoyed public support.
This is while, British intervention in Northern Ireland was, in fact, widely resented by the public while the chaotic economic situation and massive unemployment figures of the 1980’s left next to no one interested in the costly 1982 war with Argentina over the Malvinas Islands.