Pages: 1 2
This week, a Bahraini court upheld the sentences against 20 political leaders and human rights activists whose only “crime” was to peacefully call for elected government to replace the British-imposed and US-supported Khalifa absolute dictator. The political leaders include figures like Hasan Mushaima and Ebrahim Sharif; the human rights activists include Abdulhadi Al Khawaja and Abduljalil Al Singace. These are men of integrity and noble conscience. All were brutalized, tortured, illegally detained and forced to make trumped-up confessions.
Meanwhile, the British-based Bureau of Investigative Journalism revealed that the Bahraini king, Hamad Al Khalifa, donated $4.7 million dollars to the British military academy Sandhurst – the academy that has functioned as a supplier of British militarism to the world over the centuries.
The above is only a snapshot of the ongoing legacy of British misrule across the planet. At the height of the British Empire, in the early 20th century, it is reckoned that Britain asserted domination over some 20 per cent of the Earth’s landmass. Many more painful legacies could therefore be added to the litany of violence and suffering that so many people have to live with today.
The point is not to revisit history as some distant, past event. The point is to understand the seeds of conflict in today’s world so that some attempt can be made at creating a solution from an accurate understanding of the root causes of conflict.
A further point is to accurately assess the moral and political bankruptcy of Britain’s rulers in present world conflicts. When the British government pokes its moralizing finger at Iran or into the sovereign affairs of Syria, it should be seen as not only illegitimate, but as the bearer of conflict, suffering and destruction. The British government should be seen as having no positive role to play in resolving any conflict. Indeed, if it gets its covert way in Syria, the British involvement there will result in a hateful sectarian bloodbath, in much the same way that it has overseen in Libya along with its American, French and Arab despotic allies.
Britain may once upon a time have ruled the waves. Today, its mischief-making rulers should be waved away with contempt.
© Copyright Press TV – Published at Set You Free News with license
Pages: 1 2