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For over a century, the British Empire exerted control over Asia-Pacific, outright colonising India, Burma, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia while influencing and encroaching upon greater China, Siam and beyond.
It exploited the people and natural resources of the region, fuelled conflict as it waged war with rival European powers seeking to carve out their own colonies in Asia and left an enduring impact on the region, including ethnic and territorial feuds still unfolding today, e.g. the Rohingya crisis in present-day Myanmar.
Rather than make restitution for its decades of war, conquest and exploitation, the United Kingdom today eagerly seeks to reassert itself in the region alongside the United States who has also spent over a century in the region pursuing what US policymakers openly admit is American “primacy.”
The Diplomat, a US-European geopolitical publication focused on Asia-Pacific, described this development in its article, “The British Are Coming (to Asia).”
The article featured a single image, that of the HMS Queen Elizabeth, one of the UK’s newest warships and its largest. It is one of two “colossal warships” UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson recently pledged to send across the globe to aid Washington in its growing confrontation with Beijing.
The author, US Air Force Major John Wright currently serving as Japan Country Director, International Affairs, Headquarters Pacific Air Forces, Honolulu, Hawaii, attempts to construct a positive argument for the UK’s involvement thousands of miles from its own shores.
The article admits that the US has few capable allies in the region willing to “comply with mutual defence needs beyond their own territory.” It admits that the US has increasingly looked beyond Asia for partners. The UK then, is about as beyond Asia as any potential partner could be.
The article notes that the UK has already deployed warplanes to Japan in addition to the aforementioned future deployment of British warships to the region. It also suggests that:
…the U.K. could revive the old trick of acting as a “fleet in being;” its ability to steam where and when it pleased while possessing no major territory would throw off regional rivals’ military calculus and force them to commit precious reconnaissance assets to monitoring the United Kingdom.
In other words, a European military would be deployed in and harass “rivals” across Asia alongside US warships already engaged in regional meddling. This, the author concludes, “would be a great benefit to stabilising the security troubles of the region.”
Yet, when considering what actually drives “security troubles of the region,” it is evident that the presence of US forces far beyond US territory, for example, stationed in South Korea and conducting military exercises along North Korea’s borders in a deliberate attempt to provoke Pyongyang is the problem, not the solution. The addition of British warships and aircraft in the region will only further multiply “security troubles” evident in the author’s own comments regarding the need for “regional rivals” to commit to tracking and keeping in check British warships.
Omitted from Major Wright’s nostalgic review of the UK’s historic role in Asia-Pacific was the concept of “gunboat diplomacy,” where the British Empire coerced Asian states into making lopsided concessions to London or face British naval firepower. Chunks of Siam were carved off under threat of British “gunboat diplomacy,” Hong Kong was outright seized by it and other nations likewise were forced by threat of military aggression to make concessions that benefited only the British.
US “primacy” in Asia-Pacific today closely resembles British “gunboat diplomacy.” While literal gunboats training cannons on the capitals of targeted states is no longer feasible, other means of coercion are. These include options categorised under “soft power” including US-European-funded opposition groups which may or may not include armed components. There is also economic warfare. When Thailand ousted US-proxy Thaksin Shinawatra and his political allies from power, the US pursued a campaign of economic sabotage aimed at Thailand’s seafood industry and tourism sector.
The US also employs terrorism as seen in the Philippines where Manila’s failure to heed US demands was swiftly followed by the appearance of militants from the Islamic State (IS) armed and funded by Washington’s allies in Riyadh. The militant group’s sudden appearance pressured Manila to continue accommodating the US military’s presence on its territory.
Of course, just as the British Empire hid naked imperialism behind the fig leaf of “spreading civilisation,” modern-day neo-imperialism hides behind the pretext of bringing “stability” as well as fostering “democracy” and “human rights” to the four corners of the globe. In reality, UK warships confronting “regional rivals” thousands of miles from London is a direct attempt to upend stability in Asia-Pacific. The British imposing their will upon Asia through the threat of military might undermines regional and national self-determination, the very opposite of fostering democracy. And a nation imposing its will by threat of force is an obvious affront human rights.
Despite these obvious facts, we can expect publications like The Diplomat to continue promoting US-British meddling across Asia-Pacific. We can also expect the many aspects of US-European “soft power” across the region to likewise promote such meddling. However, it should be noted, that Washington’s need to find allies in Asia as far beyond Asia as northwest Europe illustrates America’s waning influence in Asia to begin with. British involvement in Asia-Pacific will only delay the inevitable removal of US influence from the region. The only question is, for how long and at what cost to both the British taxpayers and the people of Asia who must stave off attempts to disrupt, destabilise and destroy their hard-earned independence and achievements post-British Empire.
Joseph Thomas is chief editor of Thailand-based geopolitical journal, The New Atlas and contributor to the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook”.
January 8, 2018
more people are cluing into the fact that Muslims are not the enemy.
The Illuminati is.
The mainspring of the Illuminati is the central banking cartel which controls business,
government, media, education, law and the military using
Organized Jewry (Zionism) and Freemasonry as instruments. Their goal
is to extend their monopoly over credit into a monopoly over everything, i.e. Communism.
But, as New Zealander Peter C demonstrates in a lucid article below, many people remain sane.
More people see through the matrix. (See also First Comment from M here for another example.)
“The Islamic encroachment is a divide-and-conquer strategy. Imagine the panic in the world leaders if we didn’t let it play out that way. Imagine if we worked together with the Islamic peoples to identify and destroy our common enemies.”
By Peter C
I’m glad to see from the other comments that many people ‘get it’. The problem with the ‘redneck’ fear of Muslims is that it assumes that the Muslims will someday be in control.
I can assure you that they won’t. It may appear that way, in the same way, that to most people it appears as if we are now the ones in control of our countries. An illusion supported by meaningless elections that change nothing and simply further the agenda desired by those at the top of the pyramid of world power.
The Islamic encroachment is a divide-and-conquer strategy. Imagine the panic in the world leaders if we didn’t let it play out that way. Imagine if we worked together with the Islamic peoples to identify and destroy our common enemies.
If we told the new immigrants that if they work with us to destroy the ‘New World Order’ that they will then be free to re-establish their homelands. We have a common enemy, most of you know of whom I speak. It is an enemy dedicated to our destruction and enslavement.
Now understand me; I’m not in favour of Islamic law being applied here so don’t start accusing me of that, but rather remember this: The average family, the average citizen around the world wants only to be free and to be allowed to raise their families as they see fit. They don’t want war. They don’t want to bring Jihad to us.
We have been fed lies about Islam for the last 30 years. They, in turn, have been fed nothing but lies about us, and the wars of the last 30 years which have been fought on their doorsteps have only re-enforced those lies.
That’s all the media and the governments do; they lie about everything. So far we appear to be falling for their lies. If we continue on this path we will find ourselves ruined. The western governments in Europe are vetting the immigrants, they are vetting them to ensure that only the worst of the worst are allowed to enter Europe.
That is the reason that most likely their plan will work. People are so repulsed by the atrocities that they recoil in horror and fail to realize that those who are committing the crimes are, in reality, an army sent to instill the same rage in Westerners that our military has instilled in those people from the middle-east.
Remember, our militaries are nothing more than the thuggery forces of the likes of George Bush and his fellow cronies. Our troops weren’t supposed to liberate anybody from terrorism; they were intended to bring terror to those who live in that part of the world. Now the East and the West are being integrated within national boundaries for the sake of creating an enormous conflict of civilizations.
With Christianity and Islam at each other’s throats who’ll have the time to realize that our common enemy is the one pulling the strings. Ask yourself this question: Do these people from war-ravaged countries have the means to travel that great a distance? Could they do it without outside help? Who has the financial capability to move millions of people across the globe? Like always, follow the money – the ‘WHO’ is your true enemy.
These stupid laws and rulings (such as fining a landlord thousands of dollars for walking into his own building across a Muslim family’s prayer mat) which have the appearance of recognizing Sharia Law are just for the sake of making more anger and conflict between us and them. A race war is being set up by those who are controlling the country from behind the scenes. Don’t believe for a minute that if the Muslims really posed a threat to the power system that they’d be allowed to win.
Look at the riots in London 2 years ago; the police let them burn down parts of the city, but rest assured that if the riots had spread towards Buckingham Palace or the government buildings the police would have shot them all down like rabid dogs.
Do they really believe that if a Muslim were charged with the killing of a policeman, a judge, or a member of parliament that they could simply wave their hand and say “I’m only governed by Sharia law and won’t recognize your courts”?
We’re all being played and our enemy is winning. The anger they’re feeling is exactly the desired response. Our real enemy is the New World Order and their minions. The Muslims are being used as a tool to destroy us, but as soon as that usefulness is complete the power structure will destroy them completely.
That is why only hostile people of military age and physique are being allowed to flood into the Western world. The New World Order’s worst nightmare would be an alliance between Islam and us. It would only have to be a short-term alliance then the world would be rid of those who are the enemy of all mankind. But if we play the game as it is intended to be played, we will all lose.