“Assume a virtue if you have it not” - Shakespeare.
April 2015: UK response to more than 800 drownings in Mediterranean … Royal Navy 'flagship' to join search-and-rescue operations. Two smaller cutters or patrol vessels will be sent as well as three Merlin helicopters. (France has committed a plane for a fortnight in September and a patrol boat for the month of November). March 2011: UK 'contribution' to NATO regime change in Libya which was major cause of the chaos in area … More than 26,000 air sorties, almost 10,000 of them involving missile strikes of some kind. More than 3,000 vessels were boarded to enforce the arms embargo. Once the operation was up and running, it was in government's words, 'relatively easy to sustain'. (My source: The Guardian)