What Britain Really Stands For

Political systems have come and gone, revolutions have started and finished or been suppressed, entire tribes and peoples have disappeared from the face of the earth (mainly through the agency of Britain and her historic spawn: Yanks, Canuks, Aussies and other genociders) empires have risen and fallen under attack from enemies or merely through the ravages of time, whole epochs have followed each other, but very little has changed in the policy of Great Britain for the last five centuries — the “continuity” principle has remained in force as has the corner stone of Great Britain’s foreign and domestic policy: “Great Britain has neither eternal enemies nor eternal friends, only permanent interests”. There has been no change here for the past five hundred years.

Britain’s “permanent interests” have for many a century been represented by the famous British strategy triad:

  • the principle of maintaining a “balance of power”;

  • the principle of not allowing any great country (other than herself — Britain) to rule on the approaches to India, on the land- and sea lines of communications leading from Europe to India and back (starting from the second half of 20th century, the interpretation was expanded — now for India substitute Asia as a whole);

  • the principle of maintaining British superiority at sea (starting from the second half of the 20th century, the interpretation of this principle was also expanded and should now be taken to mean “maintaining” America’s naval superiority — being unable to enforce this principle alone after WWII, Britain had to settle for maintaining and ensuring the naval superiority of the “Anglo-Saxon” West, thereby stepping aside for the United States to come to the fore).

For many centuries the same principles have defined the very notion of Great Britain’s national security and, consequently, her strategic assessment of the nature of threats that she faces.

What this means definitely is that epochs may come and go but nothing and nobody will ever change the permanent interests of the “bad old England” which will stop at no crime, however heinous, to uphold and maintain these decidedly dastardly and evil “permanent interests” based, first and foremost, on the “balance of power” in the world around Britain. It is actually what defines the specific nature of Great Britain’s permanent aggression against the rest of the world around her — the aggression which is unique in that it is always masquerading as peace-loving.

In reality, the “balance-of-power” principle represents Britain’s undiminished desire for superiority, sometimes manifested as her very familiar “aloofness” from the rest of the world. But the desire for superiority — and in particular acting on that desire — means engaging in acts of aggression.

In other, and simpler words, for the past five centuries the corner stone of Britain’s policy and the sole reason of her sorry existence has been aggression against the surrounding world, against the whole world! But aggression as the corner stone of not just of the foreign policy but also of the justification of the British state’s existence is effective and brings desired results only if it is not only sudden and unexpected (including, treacherousness and acting in bad faith, and being particularly ruthless in a British way) but also when it is preemptive. And this roughly is what Britain has been doing on the world stage and to the world for the past five centuries and will undoubtedly continue doing for as many centuries to come, if she survives the current crisis, that is (there is some hope that she won’t, but people of the world must lend her a hand at not surviving it).

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