BLOOD AND MINERAL WEALTH??


        300 British troops killed in Afghanistan, it is working out at 1 killed every other day, 300 British families devastated, all in the name of –WHAT–? This does not take into account the number of young people coming back from that imperial expedition with limbs missing and other horrific injuries, then there are those who come home mentally scarred and broken. The bulk of those killed and damaged in this imperial affair are from the working class, the class that has nothing to gain from this endless slaughter. When it comes to why we are there we get a myriad of answers from, making us safe here in the UK, to building a true democracy in Afghanistan, of course we haven’t even started to build a true democracy here in the UK. 

    Recently we have been getting little hints of what could be the true reason for our government sacrificing so many of our  working class youth, (and they are young, the average age of UK deaths in Afghanistan is 22 and among the 300 deaths, 31 were teenagers) In some of the financial papers there has been talk of the mineral wealth of Afghanistan as being in the £3 trillion region. Now the Western corporate world is not going to let that fall into the hands of of any other power group. So they call on their minders, the Western states to get in there and lay claim to that wealth by setting up a compliant government. A government that will let the Western corporate greed machine rip, rape and plunder that unfortunate land to feed their ever hungry shareholders. We the working class of the world bleed and the corporate world gains.  

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THE BRITISH IMPERIAL STATE, A BENEFACTOR??


       

          We should always know our history, it gives us a more accurate picture of the world we live in and the injustices perpetrated in the name of power. The imperialist power struggle goes on with the corporate world leading the charge backed up by its minder the state apparatus. Today the battle for the ordinary people is still the state and its bed partner the corporate world.

         Britain’s Imperial history is always portrayed as a force for good, a paternal approach. Taking care of the colonies for their own good, a civilising process until they were able to look after themselves. Of course those who know their history are fully aware that the reality is a far different scenario.

      Mike Davis’s book, Late Victorian Holocausts, published in 2001, details famines that killed between 12 million and 29 million inhabitants of the Indian continent. He clearly shows that these people were murdered by the British state. When the drought of 1876 impoverished the farmers of the Deccan plateau India had a net surplus of rice and wheat. The then viceroy, Lord Lytton, insisted that nothing should stand in its way as it was exported to England. In 1877 and 1878, at the height of the famine, grain merchants exported a record 6.4m hundredweight of wheat. As the peasants began to starve, officials were ordered “to discourage relief works in every possible way”. The Anti-Charitable Contributions Act of 1877 prohibited “at the pain of imprisonment private relief donations that potentially interfered with the market fixing of grain prices”. The only relief permitted in most districts was hard labour, from which anyone in an advanced state of starvation was turned away. In the labour camps, the workers were given less food than inmates of the Nazi concentration camps. In 1877, monthly mortality in the camps equated to an annual death rate of 94%.

         As millions died, the imperial government launched “a militarised campaign to collect the tax arrears accumulated during the drought”. This collected tax, which ruined those who might otherwise have survived the famine, was used by Lytton to fund his war in Afghanistan. Even in places that had produced a crop surplus, the government’s export policies manufactured hunger. In the north-western provinces, Oud and the Punjab, in spite of the fact that they had brought in record harvests in the preceding three years, at least 1.25m people died.

         The same type of imperialist policies are still employed today by the western corporate world. The continents of Africa and South America can bear witness to the poverty inflicted on millions of people to feed the corporate greed machine. Only when we as ordinary people come together and organise at community level and co-operate with each other on a global scale creating societies based on mutual aid and sustainability, undermining the festering marriage of state and corporate greed and so consigning it and its wars, exploitation and greed, that is part and parcel of that system, to the dust bin of history and perhaps remembering it as man’s darkest hour will we see a world fit for all our children and grandchildren.

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THERE ARE NO INNOCENT BYSTANDERS.


 

      Let’s all try to understand one thing, there can be no innocent bystanders in the West as Western Imperialism plunders the planet. The relative luxury we enjoy in the West is fed by bullying, threatening, invading and sucking the life blood from the poorer countries of this world, we in the West live off that blood. The people from the “Third World” (there is only one world) have no moral obligation, nor should we expect them, to sit down and quietly watch their families slowly die from hunger and preventable diseases, so that we can maintain our lifestyle while dropping a few coins in their charity boxes.

       Are they supposed to to slowly and painfully die while waiting for the opposition in the West to sort things out? Are their children’s lives worth less than ours? If there is a moral obligation it is with the people of the West to actively dismantle the brutality, the greed, the suicidal-homicidal culture that is Western Imperialism, a system designed to fatten parasites with a spin-off that feeds the West, a system that has taken the destruction of the the planet close to, or perhaps beyond, the point of no return,

       As of yet there is no real movement in the West against this brutal crime, there are a few opposition groups scattered around fighting an unequal battle, but nothing of a mass movement that can take on the might of this destructive beast, Western Imperialism, time is running out. If the ordinary people of the West fail to take this action while the vast majority of the people of this world live in abject poverty, then we are all guilty of this brutal and callous crime and must expect the hatred and the wrath of those dying people and their relatives for generations to come. We in this little corner of the globe have no, legal, moral or some God given right to fed off the rest of the world.

       You cannot be an innocent bystander, you cannot look the other way, you cannot plead ignorance, you are implicated, you are complicit in their deaths. The onus is on us all, we in the West have the power to stop the slaughter, to end this corrupt, brutal destructive system, all we require is the will. Today more than ever nobody has the right to be silent, nobody can sit on the fence, nobody can be a bystander, it is one world, one people.

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