These vital interests are reflected by increased UK investment in aid, military infrastructure, and economic ties to the region. 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. (Alisdare Hickson via Flickr). I recall reading ages ago (in one of E.P. PICTURE 2: MAP OF THE MIDDLE EAST IN THE 19TH CENTURY - During the nineteenth century, it had forged south Asia into a single unit for defence purposes by means of annexations, alliances and influence, and by the end of the … British documents on foreign affairs--reports and papers from the Foreign Office confidential print. These include ensuring energy security, fighting terrorism, expanding trade, and investment. BRITAIN’S MIDDLE EAST The Middle East emerged as a term and a region in the early twentieth century reflecting British strategic interests. This essay shall examine British foreign policy towards the Middle East during and immediately after the WWI. He is the author of “Ghost Riders of Baghdad: Soldiers, Civilians, and the Myth of the Surge.” Twitter: @SkepticalVet. Government policies are meant to be scrutinised by all-party parliamentary committees, but they rarely hold the government to account. Even the Normie’s don’t believe the TV anymore and this thing just doesn’t go without people believing the propaganda. Authors. There are perilously few articles reporting the extent of, Even the war in Yemen has been little scrutinized; there is criticism of U.K. arms exports, but little if any mention of the air force, The U.K.’s support of Egypt’s Abel Fattah el-Sisi regime appears to be mainly about, The extensive revolving door of personnel between government and corporations plays a key role in ensuring that elite interests are aligned. Chatham House . I hope more serving officers and troops gather the courage to speak their minds and tell Americans the score about our brutal, hopeless adventurism. They bear no responsibility for their maximal profit policy. Mark Curtis is an historian and analyst of U.K. foreign policy and international development and the author of six books, the latest being an updated edition of “Secret Affairs: Britain’s CollU.S. I’ll be here, speaking up, as a counterpoint to a system that demands compliance. In some ways, Britain resembles more a private club than a country. Continuity and change in British foreign policy toward Yemen Continuity and change in British foreign policy toward Yemen. Probably the MNCs . I’m not sure democracy is overly practical in very large countries like the US, although it could be based on the original State-centric constitution. This essay shall examine British foreign policy towards the Middle East during and immediately after the WWI. Farewell to the generals who knew tactics but couldn’t for the life of them think strategically. . Oil, Imperialism and the Middle East in British Foreign Policy, 1900-1940, London, Frank Cass, 1993; Uriel Dann (ed. The British covert war in Syria has been going on since 2011, with almost no discussion by elected MPs. There’s nothing great, at all, about this Country, this sad little, vassal state lapdog of America & the European Union, that like a obedient dog, follows its masters wherever its lead, into Foreign lands it has no business to be in? Royal visits help to build relations with key regimes and sell more arms to the Middle East. 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. http://www.flat-living.co.uk/lifestyle/438-who-owns-london-the-great-estates, https://whoownsengland.org/2017/10/28/who-owns-central-london/, A Film Keep Consortium News Going in the Tradition of Robert Parry. “Liberty, Equality and Fraternity” and phrases like them, are used by the cabal to destroy societies and lay them open to plunder, not to mention that they are the antithesis of the laws of nature, and more generally an oxymoron. So far as I am aware not a dicky bird has been whispered about this. Mark Curtis is an author and editor of Declassified UK, @declassifiedUK, British foreign policy in the Middle East: A secret history of self interest. 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.”. The commandos were injured in gun fights as part of a top-secret campaign, and other reports have claimed British troops have been killed in such battles. 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. On the other hand, some clearly understand that letting Huawei into British 5G will give China another tool of domination over them in a few years. 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.". 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. But no longer. The very word is a oxymoron? It is striking that there have been so few whistle-blowers revealing secrets about U.K. foreign policy. Why is New Zealand still being ruled by a queen that lives over 10,000 kilometers* away from Wellington? On one hand, some mainly want to do business with Chinese capitalism and are willing to overlook the problems around Huawei. The welfare of the many has never been, except when expedient for the ruling elites (during the Great Depression for instance; FDR consciously set out to save capitalism with his programs to ameliorate the effects of that economic earthquake on poorer Americans, though not all: Southern Dems had to be kept happy), a consideration. At that time, the United States had little interest in Middle East oil or in any political designs on the region. The Middle East Peace Process Resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is one of our top foreign policy priorities. They tend to be packed with government supporters who fail to investigate key policies or grill ministers. I’d tired of carrying water for empire and they’d grown weary of dealing with my dissent and with footing the bill for my PTSD treatment. The special relationship with Saudi Arabia seeks to promote BAE Systems and other large arms corporations. It is striking that there have been so few whistle-blowers revealing secrets about UK foreign policy. Here’s a 1924 quote from a powerful banker describing a continuing operation… There are few signs that British oligarchy will change anytime soon. British foreign policy-making is so centralised that it is akin to an authoritarian regime. I’d relocated 11 times in 18 years, often to war zones, and I simply didn’t have another deployment in me. Start with them. One has only to look at the interventions in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Libya. This is probably because those allowed access to the elite normally come from the same circles and can be relied on to be one of the chaps forever. Dr Rosemary Hollis argued that Britain's decision to join the US-led invasion of Iraq has damaged its reputation in the region. In a democracy there are no legislative bodies beyond the people. Series B, Near and Middle East, 1951 Oversize JZ632 .B77962 2005q. The Magazine Basic Theme by bavotasan.com. Edward Bernays (Sigmund Freud’s nephew and an early 20th century leader in modern advertising) perfected the art and changed society from a predominantly “needs” based society to a “wants” based society. 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. 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 … 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. Fifty years later, the 2003 invasion of Iraq was also mainly about oil, as was the 2011 war in Libya. Some peers, even friends, may call me a heretic — a disgruntled former major airing dirty laundry — but I plan to keep explaining that we are engaged in Orwellian forever wars that professional foot soldiers make possible while the rest of the country goes to work, tweets, shops and sleeps (in every sense of the word). (think of Microsoft’s smear campaigns against Linux.) spoils of poverty . It is also a global problem and tackling this country by country may cause mayhem and just creates different elite group who think they know everything.. President Lyndon Johnson focused much of his energies on his Great Society programs at home and the Vietnam War abroad. Also read article 1(9) of the constitution. The pretence that the UK can promote positive political and economic change in the Middle East is absurd. British Foreign Policy in the Middle East. Mike, I do not believe there is, in existence, any true democracy, if by that term is meant rule by the demos (people). And at the end of WWI, Germany was raped by Britain. britain's short-lived middle east empire was a product of economic interests and strategic imperatives.. British involvement in the region long antedated World War I, but Britain's "moment" in the Middle East, as it has been called — the period in which it was the dominant power in much of the area — lasted from 1914 to 1956. The presence of British soldiers in Yemen, secretly fighting a war that has brought death, famine and destruction to millions of innocent civilians raises an age-old question: why does British foreign policy in the Middle East support dictatorships, abuse human rights and prioritise Britain's power status? It’s hard, though, to thank a war machine that dealt death to so many for making me who I am. Don’t fall for it. There is also the City of London, an unaccountable banking fiefdom in the middle of London. Than LIFE/LIBERTY and I am not sorry to leave behind the absurdity I witnessed. Little question: what the feck (pardon my language) is preventing New Zealand from becoming an independent republic? Even when asked parliamentary questions on overt foreign policy, ministerial responses tend to be minimalist, and are often misleading or, In Yemen, the U.K.-supported Saudi military has for four years been engaged in, In the U.K.’s “mainstream” media, many key British foreign policies are not covered at all. BRITAIN AND THE MIDDLE EAST FROM 1914 TO THE PRESENT. In the modern world it is impossible to imagine a country without a well-defined set of rules of behaviour towards its geopolitical neighbours and economic partners. Even the war in Yemen has been little scrutinised; there is criticism of UK arms exports, but little if any mention of the air force maintaining Saudi warplanes and storing and issuing the bombs for their use. Sayonara to the adrenaline junkies and power-obsessed freaks atop so many combat units, folks who lived for the violence, the rush of nighttime raids without a thought for their often counterproductive and bloody consequences. They are already a US vassal state. And as far as ‘over-classification’, I still recall reading in the 1970’s how investigations in the US found that at least some US government files would contain public newspaper articles stamped “Top Secret”. There are perilously few articles reporting the extent of U.K. support for Israel or the Sisi regime in Egypt. He was little more than a hand-puppet to a cabal of bankers (the same ones who financed the Bolshevik revolution). Very true Theo, in Scotland Green party MSP Andy Wightman, is attempting to put together a register of who really owns the lands of Scotland. Member of Women in Black, a global movement against militarism, Jan. 31, 2018, Central London. 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. In a sense, my early retirement is an ignominious end to a once-promising career. This would benefit not only Britons, but the Middle Easterners on the receiving end of British policies. Frankly, IMHO western governments should take care of their own countries (mind their own business, remember that they live in glass houses) and stop interfering in and destroying the lives of those in other countries. I’m assuming that you as a Kiwi would know better than I do. Maybe it’s hopeless for a former Army major to fight American militarism. Montagu Norman, Governor of the Bank of England, addressing the United States Bankers’ Association, New York, Idaho Leader, 26 August 1924. View Academics in British foreign policy in the Middle East on Academia.edu. All modern democracies are constitutional republics. Apart from this colony, the relationships of Britain and the Middle East were guarded by special treaties of friendship, by protectorate, or in the years after the First World War, by mandate. There are other provisions that two-block democracy. Abbé Barruel commenting on revolutionary Freemasonry from his “Memoirs of Jacobinism”, late 18th century. Do you think the Roman Republic , or roman empire, was small enough for all the citizens to fit into one amphitheater? 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. 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..0i22i30l7.4943.33739..35993…0.0..0.129.1870.21j4……0….1j2..gws-wiz…..0..0i131j0j33i10.iQ-j5qOvXBo, [ are these inquires too audacious (or discourteous) for the gatekeepers of consortium … ? 1 February 2010. In the UK's "mainstream" media, many key British foreign policies are not covered at all. Reagan was a noted devotee of Thatcher, and one could no-doubt construct a short-list of prestigious universities that our political elite attend (ie; Harvard, Yale, etc), though sometimes those institutions must collectively cringe when they have to admit to graduating the likes of GW Bush or DJT. But there is a deeper explanation: Britain, far from being a true democracy, is in reality an oligarchy that promotes the interests of a privileged domestic elite. 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. There is a real need for a transformation away from centralised, unaccountable governance to a system that is much more participatory, and where citizens are informed and empowered, something that would change both domestic and foreign policies. It will briefly look at similarities and differences in British attitudes towards its Mandates, Crown Colonies, and Protectorates as Both the Army and I knew it was time for me to go. This is a transcript of an event held on 25 February at Chatham House. (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. Its also good to know who own London for that matter, for undoubtedly they call the shots. Most people don’t want to look at that reality, hence the empty charade of righteousness continues unabated. Fifty years later, the 2003 invasion of Iraq was also mainly about oil, as was the 2011 war in Libya. British Foreign Policy in the Middle East. The “permanent government” in Whitehall is deeply entrenched. Only England And Wales jurisdiction apply in all legal matters. Nor was US ‘democracy’ ever intended to be. They tend to be packed with government supporters who fail to investigate key policies or grill ministers. Some analyses have argued that Britain’s inconsistency demonstrates that Britain’s policies toward the Middle East in the wake of the uprisings in 2011 was hypocritical. I entered West Point in July 2001, a bygone era of relative peace, the moment, you might say, before the 9/11 storm broke. Part V, From 1951 through 1956. ], https://www.cfr.org/book/continuing-inquiry. Goodbye to all that, and hello to what’s next. The special relationship with Saudi Arabia seeks to promote BAE Systems and other large arms corporations. David Omand, the former GCHQ director, went on to work for the arms corporation Babcock; General David Richards, the former army chief of staff, was tapped to chair the U.K. advisory board of the U.S. arms corporation DynCorp; and John Sawers, the former director of MI6, was appointed a non-executive director of BP, among other examples. Until the loss of India in 1947 British policy decisions were made in two quarters. Series B, Near and Middle East, 1951 Oversize JZ632 .B77962 2005q. There is a real need for a transformation away from centralized, unaccountable governance to a system that is much more participatory, and where citizens are informed and empowered, something that would change both domestic and foreign policies. This brings home the point that “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree”, as we here in ‘America’ are our mother’s children and we have learned our imperial lessons well, to the extent that we now exceed our mentor. The British, seeing this as a threat to their monopoly, felt the need to deal with the “Huns” before they got richer and more powerful. Government policies are meant to be scrutinized by all-party parliamentary committees, but they rarely hold the government to account. and the ‘Council on Foreign Relations’ – both US corollaries (cousin) to the British ‘Royal Institute’. British documents on foreign affairs--reports and papers from the Foreign Office confidential print. But it is not clear that even Corbyn intends to challenge British oligarchy. Even minor information is withheld on "sensitive" subjects: when MP Alex Sobel asked the government last month how much the US government reimburses Britain for the costs of the defence ministry police at the spy base at Menwith Hill in Yorkshire, a government minister refused to say. Toodle-oo to the vacuous “thanks-for-your-service” compliments from civilians who otherwise ignore soldiers’ issues, foreign policy and our forever wars. “Welcome to the Post-Imperial Middle East.” That would have been the title I would have picked for my recent Foreign Policy essay that has caused an uproar. 1 February 2010. The British Foreign Policy Group is an independent, non-partisan think tank based in London. 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. A prime minister can send troops into action without even consulting parliament. We are all ruled by, what in Europe at least are understood to what they really are: Aristocrats. Post Second World War British Foreign Policy in the Middle East, Case Study: ‘’ The Suez Crisis, 1956 ‘’ Submitted to the Graduate Faculty of Letters and Languages In Partial Fulfilment for the Requirements of the Degree of MASTER in British and American Studies Submitted By: Supervised By: Ahmed TAZIR. How is the following clash of interests within the British ruling class likely to be resolved? Please =) – Politicians are 50/50 partners in crime of the industrial/financial ruling class. In Yemen, the UK-supported Saudi military has for four years been engaged in war crimes, over which British ministers have acted with impunity. *I don’t see much irony in how the biggest troublemakers here, the USA and the UK, continue to use miles when every other developed nation has switched to kilometers decades ago. 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. What the Army helped me become is someone whom, in the end, I don’t mind gazing at in the mirror each morning. In other words democracy is outlawed by the constitution. “Democracy” in modern countries is just a marketing game by politicians, corporations, intelligence services, aimed at managing voters’ perceptions, emotions, “thinking”, and habits. 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