Raymond Whitaker. Independent today 6/5/07
147 soldiers dead in Iraq, 54 in Afghanistan - the human cost of 'humanitarian intervention' The PM's stand over the Balkans earned him credit, but he soon squandered it.
"Dame Pauline Neville-Jones, former political director of the Foreign Office and head of the Joint Intelligence Committee, recently told the Policy Exchange in London that Britain would have to persevere in Afghanistan, "which has become a test of our capacity and Nato's". But in the future, she added, "I don't think there will be a great appetite for humanitarian intervention."Presumably the "The PM's stand over the Balkans", involved the bombing of civilians with 2,000 HE bombs, deliberate targeting of TV stations and their staff, killing journalists etc.,Certainly it was a stand that Lady Dame Pauline Neville Jones was able to benfit from commercally as a "private" citizen.
Many will remember and few forget how Lord Hurd and Lady Dame Jane Pauline Neville Jones joined NatWest Markets, investment arm of the National Westminster Bank on fat salaries., on a salary of £250,000 a year. In Belgrade in 1996 they had a memorable breakfast with Slobodan Milosevic, then head of a cash strapped and beleaguered government and Serbian workers quieing up for unpaid wages.
NatWest obliged by helping Slobodan Milosevic sell off the post and telephone system, PTT, and obtained a contract to advise on debt management and then tried the same trick on the Serbian electricity industry (the bits that suvived NATO bombing). The Italians and Greeks cleaned up on the telecomms deal. But NatWest did well thank you out of supplying advice from the folks you stitched up the Dayton accords, and so did Lord Hurd and Dame Pauline.
Of course the , "The PM's stand over the Balkans earned him credit" ... nice little earner for the Fan club as well.