The world is shaken by coronavirus but the dangers we faced before have not disappeared – The Sun
THE world may be distracted by this pandemic but the dangers we faced before the onslaught of coronavirus have not disappeared.
But we need to be on our guard.
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The next decade was already on track to be the most dangerous since the Cold War. Complex and diverse threats, from state and non-state actors, challenging our values and way of life than ever before.
A wily competitor will take full advantage of the global turbulence to strengthen their domestic base or further their cause. As the Coronavirus rips through Europe, Putin is tweaking his constitution to secure the Presidential job for life.
When it comes to distractions Russia has form. It invaded Hungary during the Suez Crisis and Georgia during the 2008 Olympics. Today’s threats are less about land grabs than cyber interference, dis-information and economic harm.
With ever greater reliance on the internet we must be resilient. China, likely to recover from the virus first, will continue its economic, digital and military advance beyond its shores.
And extremism is likely to further flourish as weakened governments across the Middle and Africa grapple with their economies decimated by the pending global downturn.
As we do battle with the coronavirus here, we must watch our backs and expected the unexpected. We are just beginning to come to terms with the power of this pathogen outbreak.
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'WE WILL PREVAIL'
For anyone still in denial, the closure of schools and pubs and bars, along with the 20 mobilisation of 20,000 soldiers will be the wakeup call needed to adjust to a new normal.
Life is going to get tougher, but if we listen, adapt and work together we will prevail.
The Queen sent more than a message to the nation last week. It was an instruction: let’s change our routine.
As we’ve done in the past, we must all play a part, for the greater good, towards the common goal of saving lives. Perhaps put another way: if you have more than 50 loo rolls in your house, you may wish to check your patriotism.
Let us adjust fast to this new normal. Our supermarkets and petrol pumps can cope – but not if we panic. It’s right to move to a war-like footing, with the same measured British resilience the Queen referred to.
But any ‘Victory over Coronavirus Day’ will not be taking place this year. We have a few very difficult months ahead.
Calling up the Army, is a big hint of what is come. The MOD has some of the best strategic planners in the world who regularly brainstorm potential crises, including pandemics.
For weeks they have been embedded in a dozen Whitehall Departments helping develop contingency plans and resource plans. At the same time preparing its own manpower to assist our frontline emergency services, hospitals, morgues and critical infrastructure logistics.
As we break the back of this pandemic expect to see a lot more overt military assistance. But let’s not forget they still have a day job – to keep the nation safe and watch our backs.
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