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Great article by Owen Jones in the indy
“Remember all that national soul-searching and self-flagellation over Empire and all the horrors committed in its name? No, me neither. But this is the fictional Britain that has been conjured up by our Foreign Secretary, William Hague. “We have to get out of this post-colonial guilt,” he declared in Friday’s Evening Standard. “Be confident in ourselves.”
Here is an echo of Gordon Brown’s assertion in 2005 that “the days of Britain having to apologise for its colonial history are over”. It was a straw man argument, because there has never been an apology for British imperialism. The British Empire has been virtually erased by collective amnesia; like an embarrassing, sordid secret that should never be mentioned in polite company. A foreign country such as Turkey can rightly be berated for failing to come to terms with an atrocity like the Armenian genocide, but the darkest moments of our own history are intentionally forgotten.”
“European moral superiority is often asserted, despite the fact that the greatest atrocities in human history – colonialism, two catastrophic wars, Nazism, the Holocaust – were all committed by Europeans, and within living memory.”
Colonialism labelled an atrocity?
History student at university cares to disagree.
Ok, one “history student at university” to another, can you name me one instance of European colonialism which involved no atrocities?
take your time.
Many issues here…
First off, the world didn’t forget British atrocities. They would first have to hear about them in order to forget them. The British are very good at controlling the media, and they spend a great deal of money (billions, in fact) to keep everyone hearing the British version. Every few years a scandal hits where someone “Discovers” that the British government keeps armies of reporters/outlets on the payroll, and it’s not to spy it’s to disseminate the official British take on reality. The British empire was one of the most evil forces to have every polluted the world, yes, but it’s still spewing a hell of a lot of pollution. Now, that being said…
It’s quite racist of you, but you ask for someone to name one instance of European colonialism that doesn’t involve atrocities. Colonialism didn’t begin with Europeans, and every other race/ethnicity was just as atrocious.
Slavery? It was going on long before the rise of European civilization, and it’s still going on today in places like the Muslim world. What about the Chinese in Tibet? Heck, the Chinese are claiming everything from Tibet, Mongolia to Islands that belong to the Philippines. For almost all of their history they couldn’t be bothered with anything outside of China proper — it was beneath them. Their cultural philosophy literally viewed the world outside China as beneath them. There was Heaven above, China below Heaven and everyone & everything else beneath that. And now China not only occupies and brutally represses the people of Tibet, but it’s culture as well. The Dalai Lama was forced to announce that he is the very last, that he will not reincarnate, in order to stop the Chinese from installing their own Dalai Lama after he dies. The Chinese are that brutal — choking off their religion, their culture along with their freedom.
You’re being every bit as racist as you accuse others of being, with your anti white talk. Stop that.
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