United Kingdom trains troops from Khartoum and Kinshasa

In May 1972 Britain’s outgoing ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Willie Morris, said to the then foreign secretary, Alec Douglas-Home, that the Saudi leaders “regard the rest of the world as existing for their convenience,” while “acting with unstudied, unconscious indifference to the convenience of others or what others may think of them.”

Of course, while it would appear that there is more than an element of truth in this, there is at least as much evidence to suggest that this really is a bit like the pot calling the kettle black. Indeed, it was Britain’s “unstudied, unconscious indifference to the convenience of others or what others may think of them,” that created Saudi Arabia. Moreover, as in places as far apart as Pakistan and Palestine, it was always a creation  that was always going to be indifferent to the wishes of the people.

It is important to realise that it is not only history that is being discussed here, it is not only the Balfour declaration of 1917,  the Saudi state founded in 1932 or the partition of India. Britain’s machiavellianism and double standards remain unbroken to the present day as is amplified in an article in today’s ‘Guardian’, which states that “Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo received £2.4m in training and support for military and defence staff”.  

No matter that both Omar al-Bashir, Sudan’s president, is indicted for genocide, and that Kabila in Kinshasa is suspected of war crimes. It is certainly more important to do business with both countries, even when that business is illegal, The hypocrisy has no bounds, but it is a familiar story, an almost boring story of mind-boggling hypocrisy, and a story which makes us realise that any countries that pursue foreign policies that “regard(s) the rest of the world as existing for their convenience,” while “acting with unstudied, unconscious indifference to the convenience of others or what others may think of them,” is only taking a leaf out of Blighty’s book.

 

 

 

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About sanculottist

There are a lot of poor bastards out there being used and abused; it is just not cricket "old bean". Something tells me that ignorance is not bliss, but is, in fact, simply ignorance and in the global village we cannot look the other way.
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One Response to United Kingdom trains troops from Khartoum and Kinshasa

  1. Anonymous says:

    Very well said!
    Very good post!

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