Trying to explain away his unprovoked war on Iraq, Tony Blair pleaded that it was out of loyalty to Britain’s oldest ally.
Britain’s oldest ally (inherited) from England is Portugal, which in 1945 went into ten days mourning on the death of Hitler. In 1945 Britain was an ally of the USA, not because the Americans sought that alliance, but because Hitler, following Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor, felt bound to honour his pact with Japan. The USA was coerced by Hitler into alliance with Britain. It had never been an ally before.
In 1917 the USA became an Associate Power (not an Ally) of Britain, France and their allies. Sentiment had nothing to do with it.
Following the 1918 armistice, the experts expected the next major conflict to be between the USA and Britain for the command of the world’s seas. The USA and Britain had never been friends, They had fought wars and the British Government was happy to supply the Confederate States with ships and other equipment. THE TIMES used write of “APE” Lincoln.
Portugal had been England’s ally from more than a century previous to Christopher Columbus’s crossing the Atlantic.
You can check my claims. I don’t compile dodgy dossiers.
David Cameron chose St Petersburg, of all places, to claim that Britain had defeated fascism. Was the Union Jack hoisted over the Reichstag in 1945? I thought it was the Soviets that did it. When Churchill eventually crossed the Rhine, it was as the guest of gum-chewing Americans.
As it happens St Petersburg, then known as Leningrad, was under siege by the Nazis in 1942/1943 for 900 days, during which 800,000 of its citizens died. Almost 1,000 per day. The city never surrendered. The Soviet Union lost about 26,000,000 of her people, civilians and soldiers, before liberating most of Europe from the fascists. The Soviet armies killed most of the Nazi forces in the “Great Patriotic War” which was an Internationalist war.
During those years Britain was imprisoning Indian democrats and starving millions of Bengalis to death. I am not unaware of Stalin’s murderous atrocities. But Churchill and his buddies could be, and were, cruel, deceitful and merciless blackguards in many, many lands.
GORDON BROWN has earned many a BLOG from me over the years. The latest, dated March 24 2022, is called ” THE HUMBUGGERY OF MR GORDON BROWN”.
The earliest is called “BRITAIN LED THE FIGHT AGAINST FASCISM” (a quotation from Gordon) was dated June 14 2016.
Others include “IS GORDON BROWN A HUMBUG?” dated 4 September 2018,
“THE MORAL COMPASS OF GORDON BROWN” dated July 8 2019, “PROFILES IN COURAGE AND COWARDICE, PLAGIARISM AND GORDON BROWN” dated 12 December 2019.
That’s three ex-Prime Ministers with rather skewed takes on history.
Hailed as the next prime minister is SIR KEIR STARMER. Did the angels smile at his baptism, when he was named in honour of the first leader
of Britain’s Labour Party, the Sainted Keir Hardie, champion of the workers, as water was poured over his head? Did those angels still smile when
his monarch, sword in hand, dubbed him a Knight of the Bath, as her grandfather , King George V, did that renegade from Socialism, Benito Mussolini in 1923?
See my BLOG – . “KEIR YESTERDAY, KEIR TODAY AND KEIR TOMORROW?” dated 2 JULY 2022.
AS I write Boris Johnson is still Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and I would not be surprised it he is as difficult to dispose of as Rasputin (not a Russian reggae musician but a crazy cleric who survived poisons and gunshots before being pushed under ice).
Boris professes to be an authority on Winston Churchill. and expects to go down in history as a man made in Churchill’s image and endowed with the same gifts. Churchill was a fascinating scoundrel. Boris is a bore. Churchill had physical courage. Boris is a coward. Churchill had brains and could be very funny. Boris mistakes facetiousness for wit. Churchill had louche friends such as Birkenhead and Beaverbrook, both of them brilliant and amoral, and a kinky genius, Brendan Bracken. Churchill was an orator, a fine writer and an extremely hard worker. Boris is bone idle.
Boris accepts all the false propaganda about Russia spouted out by the western media.
My BLOG “WINSTON CHURCHILL IN 1938 AND !939 ON EUROPEAN AFFAIRS” dated 4 July 2006 quotes Churchill speaking at the time blows current Western propaganda to the Hell it deserves..
(The quotations come from a Volume of Churchill’s speeches called “Into Battle” compiled by Churchill’s son Randolph, and printed in 1941.)
I picked it up second hand years ago to read his speech (May 5 1938) excoriating “the Eire Bill” following de Valera’s coup in getting the Brits out of Lough Swilly, Bantry Bay and Cork Harbour, and winning the Economic War. I happened on the volume the other day and read about Munich etc for the first time then.
The twats who write the editorials in the Irish Times and lunch with Lockheed would burn such books together with Julian Assange, as they would not serve their destructive agenda.