Global Britain, Global Delusions
By Finian Cunningham
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In a strategic review, the British
government says the United States will
remain its closest ally because of “shared
values” which are allegedly attributed as
being democracy, rule of law and human
Far more realistic than these panegyrics is the
way Britain and the US routinely trash those
purported “shared values” by launching illegal
wars of aggression (for example, Iraq,
Afghanistan); subvert foreign nations for regime
change (for example, Syria, Libya); and arm
despotic regimes to the teeth which suppress
human rights (for example, Saudi Arabia).
111-page British strategic
for painful yet hilarious reading. It is full of
Another “shared value” is
the way Britain and the US gratuitously label
other nations as enemies and security threats.
This scaremongering is invoked primarily against
Russia and China but also other smaller nations
like Iran, North Korea, Venezuela and Cuba.
This preposterous demonization of others is
of course a form of psychological projection by
the British and American ruling class to
distract from the fact they are the biggest
security threat to the world.
Scaremongering is also an essential precursor
for warmongering and the continuance of
militarized economies which underpins
Anglo-American capitalism. Just imagine if the
British and Americans tried to live in peace and
cooperation with the rest of the world.
Their economies would totally collapse from the
absence of militarism and weapons industries.
In its so-called strategic review, it is apparent
more than ever that the British rulers suffer from
delusions of grandeur. Prime Minister Boris Johnson
talks fancifully as if Britain is a global dynamo
for economic growth and development. No longer
content to exaggerate Britain’s international image
as “Great Britain”, it is now referred to as
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This is partly about promoting Britain to the
rest of the world to make better its post-Brexit
isolation from the European Union. And so by
talking up its presumed power “to shape the
world”, the British ruling class are obliged to
pose as flexing muscles.
This would explain the policy reversal on
decreasing its nuclear arsenal. Britain is now
planning to increase its stockpile of nuclear
warheads over the next decade from around 180 up to
260. This is in violation of Britain’s obligation to
disarm under the Non-Proliferation Treaty.
Johnson talks about Britain being a
“beacon of democracy” to the world when in
reality it is a rogue state which is dangerously
destabilizing international security by its wanton
Yet the British rulers have the brass neck to
accuse Russia and China of jeopardizing global
security and to assert that they will “prevent
Iran from developing a nuclear weapon”.
On Russia, the British are particularly
vociferous, claiming that “Russia will remain the
most acute direct threat” to the United Kingdom
(Britain’s other fanciful name for itself).
The strategic review document states, “we will
actively deter and defend against the full
spectrum of threats emanating from Russia”.
But it does not substantiate what these alleged
“full spectrum of threats” from
For rogue-state Britain it is apparently
sufficient to simply make an accusation and then
proceed to “justify” plans for increasing its
Russia and Iran condemned the British state
planners for blatant hypocrisy. So should all other
Maria Zakharova, Russia’s foreign ministry
spokeswoman, nailed it when she said that Britain’s
“imperial ambitions” are based on
illusions. It’s as if the arrogant British rulers
think they have turned the clock back a 100 years to
a time when “the sun never set on their empire”.
Even then British power was also over-rated.
Today, Britain may have nominally the
fifth-biggest economy in the world, but it also is
broken-down nation with rampant poverty and
inequality. A third of its children struggle with
poverty and hunger, and the numbers are
increasing. Look at
the shambles of its public health service, yet its
ruling class is planning to spend £24 billion over
the next four years to increase its military forces,
including the number of nuclear weapons.
The reprehensible and reckless move to increase
its nuclear arsenal is an absurd and
grotesque waste of public finances. It is
criminal in the face of such harrowing social needs
among ordinary Britons.
But what’s also criminal is that British rulers
are undermining global security – all for the vain
purpose of posing as a global power instead of
actually being a global power.
Finian Cunningham has written
extensively on international affairs, with
articles published in several languages. He is a
Master’s graduate in Agricultural Chemistry and
worked as a scientific editor for the Royal
Society of Chemistry, Cambridge, England, before
pursuing a career in newspaper journalism. He is
also a musician and songwriter. For nearly 20
years, he worked as an editor and writer in
major news media organisations, including The
Mirror, Irish Times and Independent. -
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