Watch: How Imperialism is Being Redefined as a Liberal Ideal: Former UK Ambassador to Syria

By Peter Ford

Peter Ford, former ambassador to Syria (2003-6) speaking at the “Imperialism on Trial” symposium in Derry, Ireland.

Peter Ford, describes the weasel words and manipulative language used to redefine old ideas of imperialism as a liberal ideal.

“Defending human rights”, he says, is simply a modern construct of the Victorian meme of the “White Man’s Burden” – the mendacious idea that the countries invaded by the British Empire needed and welcomed the invaders as a civilizing and educational force.


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