At some stage, probably very soon, enough people are going to wake up to the fact that the old belief in assured security is just that: an old belief. While he may not get all the particulars right, I think Philip Bobbitt is correct. The world is going through a major paradigm shift and while it is fully adrift on the tides of the 21st century, nearly all the politicians on both sides of the Atlantic are stuck firmly in the past. We are entering a dark wood without a compass, and not even the realization of the need for one. Back to Murtha and Alcee Hastings.