Thus the U.S. embarked on open diplomatic and military interventionism in the Middle Eastern region. Maybe they could play China off the US. Farewell to the generals who knew tactics but couldn’t for the life of them think strategically. There are perilously few articles reporting the extent of U.K. support for Israel or the Sisi regime in Egypt. Half the world has already left the swift system and the fact that the oligarchs are trying to shutdown alternative media simply point to the fact that it actually does threaten them. Even when asked parliamentary questions on overt foreign policy, ministerial responses are invariably minimalist, and often misleading or deceitful. British Foreign Policy in the Middle East. “Democracy” in modern countries is just a marketing game by politicians, corporations, intelligence services, aimed at managing voters’ perceptions, emotions, “thinking”, and habits. And at the end of WWI, Germany was raped by Britain. I was one of them, an obsequious grunt at the pointy end of the spear fashioned by a warlike government ruling over an apathetic citizenry. . This essay shall examine British foreign policy towards the Middle East during and immediately after the WWI. Although mainstream articles do reveal aspects of U.K. foreign policy, it is more typical for reporting and commentary to amplify the policies of the state or to spread disinformation. The Government of India was virtually sovereign in its territory, making policy on its own - including foreign policy - without needing to refer back to London. A prominent group of CIA analysts attempted to right these wrongs. Michael E. Bonine, Abbas Amanat, and Michael Ezekial Gasper (Stanford, 2012). I’m assuming that you as a Kiwi would know better than I do. Don’t fall for it. I completely agree with what you say but I believe you are in denial if you still think you live in a democracy or believe in the existence of the rule of law? As reported in the Mail on Sunday, five British special forces troops from the elite Special Boat Service (SBS) were injured while "advising" Saudi Arabia on their deadly campaign in Yemen. Judges are creatures of the law and cannot issue dictats or opinions that override the will of the democracy expressed as law. But no longer. Yes, sadly “democracy” is nothing but a pantomime for the little peoples’ distraction. Now they are competing with Confucian statecraft…and losing handily. British foreign policy-making is so centralised that it is akin to an authoritarian regime. Department/project. A prime minister can send troops into action without even consulting parliament. Tags: elitism Global War on Terror Mark Curtis Middle East State Secrets U.K. Yemen. And that is why The People’s Republic of China can accurately define itself as a republic. The pretence that the UK can promote positive political and economic change in the Middle East is absurd. The British Foreign Policy Group is an independent, non-partisan think tank based in London. Copyright © 2020 Consortiumnews. Until the loss of India in 1947 British policy decisions were made in two quarters. The 1953 Anglo-American coup in Iran was about maintaining the interests of oil firms – in Britain's case, the Anglo-Iranian Oil Corporation, the forerunner of BP. These include ensuring energy security, fighting terrorism, expanding trade, and investment. submission/ Only England And Wales jurisdiction apply in all legal matters. False assumptions pervade the media, such as that UK policy in the Middle East is based on support for democracy and human rights. The British political system is so extreme that no minister has, to my knowledge, been held to account for crimes abroad – despite numerous wars, covert operations, coups and involvement in human rights abuses. But no longer. Leaving the madness of U.S. Army life with a modest pension and all of my limbs intact feels like a genuine escape. – – – I would say the same rings true for the US M.I.C. The mind boggles at how “democracy” has been distorted. British soldiers from the Special Air Service (SAS) have reportedly been secretly deployed and operate “dressed in Arab clothing.”. In response to the increasingly tense situation in the Middle East, President Dwight D. Eisenhower delivers a proposal to Congress that calls for a new and more proactive U.S. policy in … Sorry if that seems off-topic but there is a bit in there about the origins of the Semitic peoples, read that then read Shlomo Sand, the invention of the Jewish people, that is some perspective. The British covert war in Syria has been going on since 2011, with almost no discussion by elected MPs. By Mark Curtis What the Army helped me become is someone whom, in the end, I don’t mind gazing at in the mirror each morning. Ancient Greek historians inform that Athens was a republic before it was a democracy. The Ruins of Empire in the Middle East Imperialism may have fallen out of fashion, but history shows that the only other option is the kind of chaos we see today. Royal visits help to build relations with key regimes and sell more arms to the Middle East. Little to nothing has changed over the centuries of Westminster’s existence. (Matt Crypto via Wikimedia Commons), Even when asked parliamentary questions on overt foreign policy, ministerial responses tend to be minimalist, and are often misleading or deceitful. For the Middle East this strategy meant that the U.S. would fill in the vacuum left by the two old colonial powers, France and Britain. In 1951, the Anglo–Iranian Oil Company, in which the British government owned 51 percent of the shares, was nationalized by legislation in the Iranian parliament. “The very top of the U.K.’s privilege system – members of the royal family – are regularly deployed by the foreign office and ministry of defense to support U.K. policy and military interests abroad. Both the Army and I knew it was time for me to go. Somebody denying the clearly sociopathic (and outright criminal) nature of the anglo-saxon world is a sociopath. Once the dust settles, Britain will have to accept responsibility for all this gobshite (yet again, sorry) going on in the world right now. Definition of a Republic: Where politicians, elected or appointed make the law and purport to represent the people, but usually don’t according to historical evidence.The northern European republics may be the most representative republics to date. In some ways, Britain resembles more a private club than a country. British documents on foreign affairs--reports and papers from the Foreign Office confidential print. These activities often cost a lot of money, some are dangerous, some lead to wars, some bring death and destruction to people. Danny Sjursen retired from the Army in February, after tours with reconnaissance units in Iraq and Afghanistan, and teaching history at West Point. (Alisdare Hickson via Flickr). Also read article 1(9) of the constitution. At that time, the United States had little interest in Middle East oil or in any political designs on the region. Democracy means informed voters electing people who put the voters political desires and aims into practice. Event details. While the government is saying it will look into the role the British military is playing in Yemen, the stock response to parliamentary questions on U.K. covert action tends to be: “For reasons of national security, it is the longstanding policy of successive British governments not to comment on intelligence and sensitive operations.”. spoils of poverty . You can read about that one in the Duff Hart-Davis authored book “The War That Never Was”. 1 February 2010. It has been a long, inter-generational operation that is hard if not impossible for normal citizens and families to enact – especially given the turmoil of the 20th century. The burdensome, the beautiful, the banal and the horrific — that was my war story and it is still the nation’s. Covert involvement in Yemen raises the same old questions about the machinations of the British oligarchy, The Houses of Parliament in central London are seen on 28 January (AFP). They bear no responsibility for their maximal profit policy. Sorry Sam, I have to disagree. Where is the elite power coming from ? The American Revolution – or War of Independence – wasn’t a revolution to install a Marxist or Diggers style (a bit previous for the former) communist-socialist nirvana, but another, separate, aristocratic government, one without “titles” but like in form, structure and (well considered) outcome. Royal visits help to build relations with key regimes and sell more arms to the Middle East. And is it true that a large part of the Scottish highlands is private property of Arabian and other foreign oligarchs and of course British aristocracy?Most forests in the hands of a few?Unbelievable. Most voters don’t know much about even important issues for which open information is available, and most have minimal analytical abilities to apply to what little they do know about. …, https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/trainspotting, “The U.K. has….an independent judiciary, freedom of speech and association, and strong laws protecting the equality of all citizens and civil liberties.”. Continuity and change in British foreign policy toward Yemen Continuity and change in British foreign policy toward Yemen. Nor was US ‘democracy’ ever intended to be. I’d relocated 11 times in 18 years, often to war zones, and I simply didn’t have another deployment in me. 3—‘The Tangled Threads of Russia-gate’, Ecuador’s Ambassador Tells Assange to ‘Shut Up’: Watch 22nd Vigil →, https://www.google.com/searchclient=safari&channel=mac_bm&source=hp&ei=fW6iXNfUG92S0PEPhN2m6Ao&q=What+or+Who+is+the++Council+on+Foreign+Relations+%3F&btnK=Google+Search&oq=What+or+Who+is+the++Council+on+Foreign+Relations+%3F&gs_l=psy-ab.3, Until This Day–Historical Perspectives on the News. Woodrow Wilson was so dim he didn’t even realise he was a Marxist Socialists enabling the Bolshevik revolution and leading the world on the path toward One World Government. Definition of Democracy: Where the people (voters) make and repeal all the laws and are the supreme politico/legal authority. The Mail’s Sunday report on covert British action in Yemen is a revelation partly because such coverage is so infrequent. The initiative and referendum are really democratic but do not make the states that have them democracies as the state legislators can amend the voter made laws and judges can declare them unconstitutional and make it stick. I wonder whether something resembling an apology, rather than a statement of pride in who I’ve become, is the more appropriate valediction. You can always find something about US misdeeds or even Israel, which is almost transparent in comparison, but the activities of the UK Monarchy is untouchable and is so far from people’s minds. The idea that Westminster is the “mother of all parliaments,” representing a democratic model for the world, is a cultivated myth, writes Mark Curtis. The views expressed in this article belong to the author and do not necessarily reflect the editorial policy of Middle East Eye. On Tuesday in the British parliament, Labour's shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry asked an urgent question relating to allegations that British troops have been covertly fighting in Yemen and supporting the Saudi-led coalition. ABSTRACTThis article examines British approaches to ethics in foreign policy in the post-Blair era through a comparative analysis between London's responses to the ‘Arab uprisings’, namely the recent upheavals in Libya and Syria, and the Blair government's invasion of Iraq in 2003. And yet you want me to believe that completely corrupt politicians are the poor victims of the ‘market economy’? Very interesting article for many of us US readers. But it is not clear that even Corbyn intends to challenge British oligarchy. Britain was among the most influencing players in the Middel East during that periode, British soldiers from the Special Air Service (SAS) have, Responding to Labour’s questions, Mark Field, a minister in the U.K.’s foreign office, said that he would seek to get to the bottom of these. Still, I plan to keep attacking in that lost cause. The 1953 Anglo-American coup in Iran was about maintaining the interests of oil firms – in Britain’s case, the Anglo-Iranian Oil Corporation, the forerunner of BP. The main challenger to traditional UK foreign policies – Jeremy Corbyn – is being attacked and undermined on all sides. PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS. They are not all corrupt. Series B, Near and Middle East, 1951 Oversize JZ632 .B77962 2005q. While the government is saying it will look into the role the British military is playing in Yemen, the stock response to parliamentary questions on UK covert action tends to be: "For reasons of national security, it is the longstanding policy of successive British governments not to comment on intelligence and sensitive operations.". Yet real power rests in the hands of an elite few who control policy-making institutions and the dominant ideas in society. Determinants of British policy in Yemen. They are already a US vassal state. On one hand, some mainly want to do business with Chinese capitalism and are willing to overlook the problems around Huawei. Keep Consortium News Going in the Tradition of  Robert Parry. The UK has elections every five years, an independent judiciary, freedom of speech and association, and strong laws protecting the equality of all citizens and civil liberties. Ciao to the still-prevalent patriarchy and homophobia that affects everyone in uniform. Voters can’t get informed about these issues in any time frame that matters. Johnson Administration: 1963–1968 . “Want and opinion are the two agents which make all men act. Anonymity seems to be what’s going on at the moment, shell companies within shell companies etc makes it difficult to find out who really owns the land. Foreign Secretary discusses British foreign policy and the Middle East Foreign Secretary answers questions on Al Jazeera . Yes, Mr Curtis, all very, too true. “Capital must protect itself in every possible way, both by combination and legislation. But this was before former prime minister Margaret Thatcher centralized decision-making still further, regularly bypassing the cabinet and relying on a small set of advisers – a strategy continued by Tony Blair, leading to the disastrous invasion of Iraq. The Brexit debacle shows how irrelevant this Country of England has become on the World scene? Farewell to the faux intellectualism of men like former Gen. David Petraeus who have never seen a problem for which improved counterinsurgency tactics wasn’t the answer and are incapable of questioning the efficacy of force, intervention and occupation as ways to alter complex societies for the better. A further question would be: Why is the MSM not all over this complete lack of ethics – not to say morals – this corruption? Mark Curtis is an author and editor of Declassified UK, @declassifiedUK, British foreign policy in the Middle East: A secret history of self interest. as the Chatham House . This statistic shows results from an online survey conducted in Great Britain in October 2016 on whether the British foreign policy in the Middle East is going in the right direction. My question is: How is it legally possible the PM, the leader of a political party, to have and maintain such a direct personal interest, herself, through her spouse, or through any relative, in a corporation which will/does benefit from the political decisions made and actions taken? Britain’s foreign policy has always followed the Roman tradition, as has American foreign policy. British Foreign Policy in the Middle East. Toodle-oo to the vacuous “thanks-for-your-service” compliments from civilians who otherwise ignore soldiers’ issues, foreign policy and our forever wars. And this true in almost all countries around the globe. Even minor information is withheld on “sensitive” subjects: when MP Alex Sobel asked the government last month how much the U.S. reimburses Britain for the costs of the defense ministry police at the spy base at Menwith Hill in Yorkshire, a government minister refused to say. Ibrahim Jalal. Definition of a sociopath: A person with a personality disorder that manifests itself in extreme antisocial attitudes and behavior, and a lack of conscience. The system is built on patronage, highlighted by the House of Lords, a medieval anachronism that is packed full of appointees of the government. In 1976, Lord Hailsham famously termed the U.K. an “elective dictatorship” because parliament is easily dominated by the government of the day and faces few constraints on its power. Away from Yemen, special forces are, In 1976, Lord Hailsham famously termed the U.K. an, While the government is saying it will look into the role the British military is playing in Yemen, the, Even minor information is withheld on “sensitive” subjects: when MP Alex Sobel asked the government last month how much the U.S. reimburses Britain for the costs of the defense ministry police at the spy base at Menwith Hill in Yorkshire, a government minister. 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