Making war unpalatable

There’s a story on the front page of the Guardian today with the headline How to sell wars to public – MOD study. Under the Freedom of Information Act, they’ve obtained a paper by a Ministry of Defence (MOD) strategy unit which looks at how to make British involvement in future wars more palatable to the public. (To be fair, “palatable” is the Guardian’s word, not the MOD’s.) They’ve also published the MOD paper in full on their website.

The main thrust of the document is that the MOD thinks there is a perception that it is becoming “risk-averse”. They put this down to a growing public distaste for going to war, which in turn has an influence on the political leadership of the government. They think that this is truer of more recent campaigns like Iraq and Afghanistan than it was of older ones. The problem, they say Continue reading