The British Colonial Office may no longer exist but the colonial cravings run deep in the veins of the British ruling class.
In a recent speech to the right wing think tank, the Centre for Policy Studies, Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, lamented the loss of the British Empire.
He said “Our country – Britain – used to rule the world – almost literally. Of the 193 present members of the UN, we have conquered or at least invaded 171 – that is 90 per cent. The only countries that seem to have escaped were places like Andorra and the Vatican City. In the period 1750 to 1865 we were by far the most politically and economically powerful country on earth.”
The death, misery, slavery and subjugation of millions of people that accompanied a century of British colonialism was conveniently ignored by Johnson. He overlooked the theft of wealth and resources from poorer nations and the many incidents of murderous repression of peaceful dissent against brutal British rule. So an apology for Britain’s colonialism was clearly out of the question.
The British Colonial Office may no longer exist in name but the colonial cravings run deep in the veins of the British ruling class.
Boris Johnson warned: “We may not have many gunboats any more, but we hardly need them, because we are already fulfilling our destiny as the soft power capital of the world.”
Given his lauding of capitalism in the same speech this was no doubt in reference to London as a major financial centre economically enslaving less developed nations through money market manipulation, over burdening debts and insidious interest payments.
Indeed for Johnson the “Gordon Gekko” greed of the financial sector, which fosters “the spirit of envy”, needs to be promoted in order to spur the capitalist economy.
Johnson mocked all those calling for an alternative to capitalism saying “Like it or not, the free market economy is the only show in town.”
Boris Johnson’s speech was in honour of Margaret Thatcher but based on the breadth and depth of the subject matters covered seemed more like Boris’s manifesto to succeed David Cameron, Britain’s Prime Minister.
Britain, more than any nation, is responsible for the destruction and dismemberment of the Islamic Uthmani state. Colonial Britain nurtured the Arab revolt against Uthmani rule then with France divided the Islamic land into pseudo independent states from Turkey to the Middle East while creating the state of Israel in the Muslim heartland.
Therefore, it is crucially important for Muslims to be aware of the thinking and motivations of present and future British leaders who will not only shape the politics for Muslims living in Britain but the foreign policy affecting Muslim countries in the years ahead.