IN THE first Gulf War, sanitised for the public by its Hollywood- style title "Desert Storm", the RAF suffered disproportionate losses. After further years of hedge-hopping practice here, I expect it will suffer them again. Who will justify such losses, and all the others from vaccinations and chemical and biological weapons and friendly fire, to the widows?
The very concept of a limited war needs to be questioned. As Gamal Abdel Nasser said: "For a war to be limited depends on the other side". And President Johnson once observed that the US must succeed against "that raggedy-ass little fourth-rate country". He was describing Vietnam.