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I keep hearing a certain phrase repeated on the news. And it puzzles me. The phrase is concerned with the current banking crisis, and the the subsequent 'payout deal' Britain is considering.

The phrase in question is ''... the biggest payout deal in British peacetime.''

But we're not really in peacetime, are we. Have the news already forgotten that we are still at war in Iraq and Afghanistan?

This, the same news who relentlessly reported on the war until two more 'newsworthy' items came along- Obama v McCain and The so-called 'credit crisis'. True, the war still gets a mention, but that begs the question- if they are aware the war is going on, how can they think it is peacetime?

Whenever a country enters into a war where it's armed services are on active duty, it ceases to be 'peacetime'. So how could our great news, mighty-all-knowing news have forgotten Iraq and Afghanistan already? News concerning the deaths of our service men and women?

Im sure the people of Afghanistan and Iraq don't consider themselves to be in peacetime, it may be better than it was before allied occupation, but people. We are a long way from living in hallowed 'peacetime'.

I'm sorry if that was boring kids, but it just struck me as odd that the media would use a phrase like that, when anyone with half a brain would realise that no, we aren't in peacetime.

jmc1 Uploaded 10/08/2008
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