British Historian Stuart Laycock documents throughout its colonial history England has invaded 90% of the nations on Earth. Only 22 countries remain unscathed by British Armed Forces. A Facebook title quips: “I always wear sun glasses because the sun never sets on the British Empire.”
Throughout the 1970’s I lived in one of the few remaining British colonies known in Chinese as “fragrant harbor” (“heung gong”). Unable to articulate the seven tones of Cantonese Chinese, British colonizers simply named the prosperous opium dealing outpost near Canton, China –“Hong Kong”.
Since 1997 it is Chinese territory after nearly two centuries of British control. Britain has never been taken to court for intruding violently in 90% of the world’s sovereign nations.
The USA and England invaded Iraq in March 2003, destabilizing the entire region while inciting sectarian violence between Sunni and Shia Muslims. If we do not know the language, culture and history of another country, why would we dare go there? ”Isis” and other enraged groups could result and multiply.
Is rage not exploding weekly?
British members of Parliament are distressed over the fact former Prime Minister Tony Blair blindly joined George Bush in the 2003 invasion of Iraq, a horrible intrusion that has resulted in one million deaths so far and devastation of Iraq.
In July 2016, Sir John Chilcot and other members of Parliament issued a blunt report “Twice the size of a Bible” with millions of words denouncing Blair and indirectly George Bush for going to war following flawed reports on “weapons of mass destruction.” After the Chilcot report, BBC reports showed British citizens in London respectfully reading names of Iraqi citizens who have died.
The USA does not fully recognize an International Court of Justice in The Hague. Will the icy judges issue a condemnation of Messrs. Bush and Blair for their debacle in Iraq? George Bush purchased a large segment of land in Paraguay. Will he reside there someday?
No matter where the US President and British Prime Minister are ensconced, they and those officials who voted to invade Iraq cannot escape constant moaning of victims in The Middle East.
Where will the courageous British Chilcot report lead?
Will the USA Issue a similar investigation on the war which is still causing such agony globally?