Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament are not enjoying a high media profile these days as the war in Ukraine painfully grinds on.
The deadly consequences for combatants and civilians, plus economic pain across the wider world, are the subject of frequent news updates.
Maybe we should all be raising a glass of porter (or rum) to the Royal Navy submariners in Trident submarines. Wherever they are, somewhere between the North Pole or South Pole and the equator, it’s good to know that Vladimir Putin will be disinclined from ever launching an attack on the UK or other NATO countries.
A great life lesson for younger people is being spelt out: evil forces are all too real and bullies need to be confronted.
That’s also the message of the Easter Cross when we open the Bible: “And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.”
Evil powers and principalities most definitely exist in our disordered world and that’s why we need a Royal Navy.
It was possibly never any different, though, when we consider these words attributed to King Charles the Second (1630-1685): “It is upon the navy under the good Providence of God that the safety, honour, and welfare of this realm do chiefly depend.”
J T Hardy, Belfast
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