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Post time 2014-3-3 08:17:20 |Display all floors
50 years of Britain’s global warmaking

Feb 25, 2014

British troops have been in action somewhere in the world every year since 1914. It is an extraordinary and chilling record, unmatched by any other country.

The generals are beside themselves, Whitehall’s in a panic. After generations of continuous warfare, the British public has had enough. They are war-weary, the mandarins fret, and believe the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan have been bloody failures.

Worse, multicultural Britain is increasingly hostile to troops marching into countries from which British citizens or their families came, defense ministry officials complain, especially as one war after another has been waged in the Muslim world.

Add to that the unprecedented vote in parliament last year to stop an attack on Syria and the governing elite is convinced its right to decide issues of war and peace without democratic interference is under threat. As the former Tory Middle East minister Alistair Burt insisted: “Politicians need space and time to take unpopular action.”

Most humiliating for London’s securocrats, Barack Obama’s former defense secretary has warned that British military cuts – which by some measures have put the country behind Saudi Arabia as the world’s fourth largest arms spender – threaten the country’s defense “partnership” with the US.

It has all come to a head as British combat troops prepare to follow the US and NATO camp followers out of Afghanistan, potentially bringing to a halt over a century of continuous war-fighting by the country's armed forces.

As the Guardian’s tally of relentless warmaking shows, British troops have been in action somewhere in the world every year since 1914. It is an extraordinary and chilling record, unmatched by any other country. Only France, Britain’s historic rival colonial power, and the US, at the head of the first truly global empire, come close.

It is not as if other major powers have sent their soldiers to fight abroad with remotely such regularity, or at all. But when it comes to Britain, the line of uninterrupted armed action in any case stretches far further back than a century.

As Richard Gott’s book Britain’s Empire recounts, its forces were involved in violent suppression of anti-colonial rebellions every year from at least the 1760s for the next 200 years, quite apart from multiple other full-scale wars. You need to go back before Britain’s foundation as a state and the English civil wars to find a time when government-backed privateers, slavers and settlers were not involved in armed conflict somewhere in the world.

There are in fact only a handful of countries British troops have not invaded at some point. What is so striking about the tally of the past 100 years is that only in 1940 were British troops actually defending their own country from the threat of invasion.

And there is a telling continuum between Britain’s conflicts in the colonial period and the post-cold war world. The same names keep cropping up, a legacy of imperial divide-and-rule: from Ireland, Iraq, Afghanistan and Palestine to Sudan, Libya, Yemen and Waziristan.

There is very little in this saga that the British – let alone those at the receiving end, from Kenya to Malaya – can seriously take pride in, even if they knew about it. (Who, for example, remembers the killing of 15,000 Indonesian civilians by British troops as they restored Dutch colonial rule in 1945?) Even the supposed successes of liberal interventionism, such as Kosovo and Libya, are scarred by escalated death tolls, ethnic cleansing and dysfunctional states.

What is it about Britain? Are its people really more warlike than others? In reality, England’s early development of capitalism and technology gave its elite the edge over colonial rivals, while its plunder and economic power was enforced by a dominant navy. That shaped British society and delivered wealth and clout to its rulers. But for the majority there were few if any benefits – one reason there was always a strong strand of domestic opposition to Britain’s warmongering, from Charles James Fox to Keir Hardie.

It is the same, only more so, today. For the political and commercial elite, British warmaking under the wing of Washington is about state prestige, corporate profits and the protection of a system of global economic privilege. That was the clear message this week from the former first sea lord Sir Jonathon Band, who now works for US defense contractor Lockheed Martin and insists that Britain's commitment to buy 48 F-35 fighter aircraft “will certainly not be enough.”

The armed forces are not defending the population against any military threat, but endangering them by feeding terror and racism. It is scarcely surprising that opposition to endless wars has grown in Britain, as it has in the US and other allied states. The historian Linda Colley speculates Britain might even revert to the kind of skepticism about the military that prevailed in the 17th century before the years of unbridled imperial conquest – which would be a relief all round.

The top brass meanwhile claim withdrawal from Afghanistan will be a “strategic pause.” Instead of a full pullout, the plan is for greater use of drones, special forces and trainers – until they can “get on to the horse again” and the public can be corralled to acquiesce in another “humanitarian” intervention.

That is likely to prove harder than before. Each war attracts less support than the last. Britain has a chance to turn its back on centuries of warmaking, shake off the mentality of junior global policeman and start to build a different relationship with the rest of the world.
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Post time 2014-3-3 08:18:29 |Display all floors
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50 years of Britain’s global warmaking

Feb 25, 2014
Pam Cox
Feb 25, 2014

British has the blood of millions of Iranians on their hands since past two centuries from Rais-Ali Delwari and Amirkabir to the recent assassination of the Iranian scientists. Immigrants who have been living in the UK for a long have realised that the British have NO blood of human kinds on their vessel at all. They are alien blood suckers of human being and are the most dangerous cancerous tumor for the entire planet.
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Post time 2014-3-3 08:20:49 |Display all floors
Defender:

The UK's history of war crime goes back at least as far as 1066!!!

Enola:

Defender you are wrong ! "england's" war crimes started after 1066. The Scotties were not involved until they joined the english parliament in 1707. The scotties, welsh and irish all fought england. The scotties were and still are used as cannon fodder. Same with the welsh and irish. They should all get out of the uk and leave the englander with their immigrants !!!


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Post time 2014-3-3 08:53:04 |Display all floors
Typical barmy thread, you blame Anglo's but the president of the US in not an Anglo in case you had not noticed

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Post time 2014-3-18 02:30:04 |Display all floors
'US seeks to stage coup in Venezuela'

Mar 15, 2014
The US has unleashed protests in Venezuela as part of a plot to stage a coup and overthrow the Caracas government, an analyst writes in a column for the Press TV website.

Paul Craig Roberts wrote in an article published on Saturday that Washington was the mastermind behind the ongoing unrest in Venezuela as it did the same in Ukraine, saying such policy bore a testimony to the US “stark criminality.”

He added that the US started stoking unrest in Venezuela by first devaluing the South American country’s currency and then instigating student protests against growing economic problems.

    “Washington began the attack on [Venezuelan President Nicolas] Maduro by attacking the Venezuelan currency and driving down its value in currency markets. Then university students...were sent out to protest. The falling Venezuelan currency raised prices and spread dissatisfaction among Maduro’s poor indigenous base,” he said.

The analyst stated that Maduro had to turn to the police to put down the riot and prevent the “unrest that Washington is using to launch a coup” but he was unjustly blamed for not respecting human rights.

“For Washington, it is always the same script. Commit a crime and blame the victim,” Roberts wrote.

He said the US seeks to bring Venezuela back to its time of “servitude,” adding that if Washington re-conquers Venezuela it will then go for other countries in the region, including Ecuador and Bolivia.

On Friday, Maduro accused the US government of trying to overthrow him and warned that such an incident would have dire consequences for all of Latin America.

Venezuela has been rocked by a wave of protests since early February. At least 28 people have been killed in the violence since then.
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Post time 2014-3-19 14:54:23 |Display all floors
I love to see the next black South African president deporting all the white thugs back to their own European country.
"South Africa for blacks, Indians and friendly Chinese only",  should be the none racist slogan for the next Presidential election.

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Post time 2014-3-19 15:11:16 |Display all floors
friendly Chinese only

No chance of that.
I'm just here for the money

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