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Fishy Tanks

by | 24th, June 2003

‘IN a major show of support for British military kit, our friends in the Indonesian government have been parading some of our weapons in the little known Aceh province.

Made in Britain, fired in Indonesia

Melting boots, non-firing guns, wrongly sized uniforms and dodgy tanks might not be the best way to go into battle against a well-drilled professional and well-equipped army, but against a ragtag bag of insurgents they get the job done.

Why then does the Guardian accuse the Government of going against it own much-vaunted ”ethical foreign policy”?

The paper has failed to spot that the deployment of 36 British-made Scorpion light tanks is a clever piece of diplomacy: the Indonesians get to look tough, and the separatists get to walk away unscathed.

Just listen to what Indonesia’s Colonel Ditya Sudarsono has to

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