While many of these facts are dated further back in history, I post in this sub-forum due to the fact that these crimes against humanity and breaches of localised and international law are still going on. The official line of 'humanitarian intervention' is still to this day being used as a means to promote British elitists' interests and further the wealth of the few at the expense of the many. While they were shouting about how bad Milosevic was, we were actively supporting and arming regimes FAR worse in the likes of Indonesia (with East Timor), Turkey (with the Kurds) and Russia (In Chechnya)
I am sure that if most people were aware of just how corrupt, how horrifyingly murderous, and - to be perfectly honest - just how collectively evil our corporate controlled governements have been in the past - and is right now - then there would be enough of an outcry to actually do something about its role in the world.
Though, unfortunately, I could be wrong in that assumption.
The book (Web of Deceit - Mark Curtis) was written by the excellent investigative journalist who, in the mid 1990s, was responsible for uncovering Britain's role in the Indonesian massacre that took place in 1965 (first printed in the Observer after the Guardian editor refused). He bases the majority of his material on previously classified government documents (many more of which are still classified - one can only imagine the untold horrors they must hold), so, as it is documented historical record, there cannot even be the slightest argument in defence of these (or other) atrocities around the world.
1947 Foreign Office describes Middle East oil in secret document as 'a vital prize for any power interested in world influence or domination'.
1948 Britain declares 'emergency' in Malaya and begins 12-year war to defeat rebels, who are mainly Chinese. Britain secretly describes war as 'in defence of [the] rubber industry' and engages in widespread bombing, draconian measures and 'ressettlement' of hundreds of thousands of people in fortified 'new villages'.
1951 June: Attlee government begins covert plan to overthrow Iranian prime minister Musaddiq following the latter's nationalisation of oil operations.
1952 October: Britain declares state of emergency in colony of Kenya. British forces conduct human rights atrocities, establish Nazi-style concentration camps and 'resettle' hundreds of thousands of people in 'protected villages'. Arounds 150,000 Africans die. [Kenya has still not recovered from this horrible incident, with their economy and natural resources still to this day controlled by corporate elites (of Britain). ]
1953 August: Musaddiq government in Iran overthrown in MI6/CIA-organised coup.Shah installed in power as per London's and Washington's plans.
1953 October: Britain conducts military intervention in British Guiana to overthrow democratically elected government.
1954 July: US overthrows Guatemalan government of Jacobo Arbenz and US-backed junta seizes power. Britain aids US position at UN.
1956 October: Britain invades Egypt to remove nationalist president Nasser, eventually being forced to withdraw due to US and financial pressure. MI6 plans and carries out several assassination attempts against Nasser.
1957 July: Britain begins military intervention in Oman in support of extremely repressive regime against rebellion by Omani Liberation Army. SAS fights covert war and RAF conducts widespread [and indiscriminate] bombing of villages and strongholds, defeating rebels by 1959.
1958 July: Britain conducts military intervention in Jordan, ostensibly to protect regime from alleged Egyptian-backed coup.. Declassified documents suggest, however, that British planners fabricated the coup scenario to justify intervention.
1961 Death of UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold in mysterious plane crash while trying to secure peace in Congo. Recent evidence has emerged of possible MI5 involvement.
Edited by ExpandMyMind, 22 February 2012 - 01:15 PM.