“He who seeks peace should prepare for war” wrote Roman scholar Vegetius during the latter part of the Roman Empire.
Though most would argue the phrase alone is somewhat simplistic, it is nevertheless true that the number one priority of any democratically elected government is the protection and wellbeing of its citizens. This simple concept has been evident among communities across the globe throughout history, recorded in the most ancient of documents.
However, in the current global community, where the boundaries of nation states seem to blur as communication systems and faster modes of travel allow us to access the world at a whim, there seems to be a growing temptation for our leaders to lose focus on the practical on-ground defence of our nation and those who serve abroad in our name.
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