One of the big news items in England at the moment is the cost and size of the security operation for the forthcoming 2012 Olympics, which are to be held in London…
It seems that 13,500 troops from the army, navy, and air force will be used to augment the standard security forces (police, bomb squads, etc.) thereby bringing the total security force up to 23,700 people.
The Royal Navy’s biggest warship – helicopter carrier HMS Ocean – will be berthed in the Thames at Greenwich to provide a landing site for the Puma and Lynx helicopters that will provide airspace security. Also, the skies will be patrolled by supersonic RAF Typhoon fighter aircraft.
The total cost of the security operation alone is estimated to be around one billion dollars (I daren’t even think how much the entire Olympics cost).
I don’t know about you, but I think it’s so sad that we (the human race) can’t even hold a sporting competition without having to worry about terrorist attacks.
And it’s not only terrorist organizations we have to worry about – there are also lone “nutters” popping up all over the place. Just a few months ago, for example, 32-year-old right-wing extremist Anders Behring Breivik killed more than 70 people in Norway. And a few days ago as I pen these words, 33-year-old Nordine Amrani opened fire and threw hand grenades into a square packed with Christmas shoppers in the Belgian city of Liege, killing five people and injuring scores of others.
Sometimes this stuff makes you want to sit down and cry…
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