Saturday, August 19, 2006

Defense as the Ultimate Social Service

After posting "Not Enough Boots" I remembered Strategy for the West, by Marshal of the Royal Air Force Sir John Slessor. There, Slessor says:

It is customary in democratic countries to deplore expenditures on armaments as conflicting with the requirements of the social services. There is a tendency to forget that the most important social service that a government can do for its people is to keep them alive and free.