Monday, June 12, 2006

Thinking Forward

Rear Admiral Chris Parry seems to understand the threat faced by the UK. Good thing that he is "head of the development, concepts and doctrine centre at the Ministry of Defence". Basically the government's go-to guy to examine future threats to the country.

Europe, including Britain, could be undermined by large immigrant groups with little allegiance to their host countries — a "reverse colonisation" as Parry described it. These groups would stay connected to their homelands by the internet and cheap flights. The idea of assimilation was becoming redundant, he said.

If a security breakdown occurred, he said, it was likely to be brought on by environmental destruction and a population boom, coupled with technology and radical Islam. The result for Britain and Europe, Parry warned, could be "like the 5th century Roman empire facing the Goths and the Vandals".

He foresees a future in which pirates make make the waters of the Meditteranean unsafe for holiday-makers and where the current power structure may crumble by 2012. It's a very interesting read, be sure to check it all out.

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