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UK caused world's historical problems
Wed Apr 6, 2011 3:21PM|
British Prime Minister David Cameron says his country is responsible for the many of the world's wars and economic downturns, including the conflict in Kashmir.
Cameron tried to blame previous governments for the historical problems, tensions and wars, distancing himself from the current global conflicts.
“I don't want to try to insert Britain in some leading role where, as with so many of the world's problems, we are responsible for the issue in the first place,” said Cameron when he was asked about the conflict in Kashmir between India and Pakistan.
Following his remarks, political commentators accused him of apologising for the country's past.
“David Cameron has a tendency to go to countries around the world and tell them what they want to hear, whether it is in Israel, Turkey, India and Pakistan,” Tristram Hunt, the Labour MPand historian, said.
Tony Blair once apologised to the Irish people for the shortage of food in 1997. The Former British PM also expressed his regret for the British role in the African slavery in 2006.
Gordon Brown, the former British PM, apologised formally to the tens of thousands of children for being shipped to Australia and other Commonwealth countries in 2009.
Cameron's remarks shocked the audience as he had always praised Britain's past and called Viscount Palmerston a historical inspiration.
However, British Foreign Secretary and late PM in the mid-19th century shamelessly had backed their intervention in other countries, which later was known as “gunboat diplomacy.”
Kashmir, the northwestern region of the Indian subcontinent, has been in conflict since 1947. The original borders of India and Pakistan were drawn by Viscount Radcliffe, who was a British law lord and the chairman of the two boundary committees.
In 2010, Cameron's remark on Britain's approaching its previous imperial possession was strongly criticised.
In addition to Kashmir, some historians blame Britain for other international disputes. The Israel-Palestine dispute is also said to be Britain's decision in 1917 to make a safe home for Jewish people in Palestine.
The border of many countries in the Middle East, including the unstable border between Pakistan and Afghanistan, were drawn by Britain.