Sir Jonathon must be pushing the right buttons to provoke the ire of all those who believe the nations of the world will all live happily together for evermore; similar to those in the thirties who said we should disarm after the 'war to end all wars'. This country has been involved in at least one major conflict during each century of its existence. Apart from New Labour's 'Year Zero' philosophy, why should the 21st century be any different?
These people seem to ignore the fact that the likes of Idi Amin, Pol Pot, Ghadaffi, Galtieri, Kim Il Jong, Mugabe and Ahmadinejad will always assume national leadership somewhere in the world and make it a far more dangerous place. Still, as a certain 'pink and fluffy' minded university lecturer once told me, there is no such thing as our national interest and any idea of it should be strongly discouraged.