Posted on November 7, 2018
Institutions which have helped keep the peace in Europe for over 70 years are under threat, a former chief of the defence staff has warned. Independent crossbencher Lord Stirrup told the Lords that peace was fragile and could only be sustained by constant effort. In a debate marking the centenary of the end of the First World War, he said: “A failure to unite, with all the messy compromises this entails, leaves us exposed and vulnerable to the dangers of an uncertain world.” Lord Stirrup joined peers from across the House in paying tribute to the sacrifices made by those who fought in the war, but warned it would be a “serious mistake” to bring the process to a close at the centenary of the Armistice. He went on to say that the Allies’ victory in 1918 had been turned into a “strategic defeat of the first order” diplomatic and political failures in the following years, leading to the “darker abyss” of the Second World War.