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  • Chomsky and his critics
    • A very good piece. A couple of points. Firstly, Russell did oppose inter-European wars but I don't think he payed much attention to British imperialist wars on the people of Asia and Africa. For example he had something to say about Vietnam but what about British imperialist aggression in Malaya and Kenya in the 40s and 50s?

      Secondly, where has Hari come out against the Empire, can you provide links?

      Nu'man Abd al-Wahid

  • The Brits are way hipper about Palestine than Yanks
    • Some British coverage has been exceptional. But for anyone that follows British dissent this is all within acceptable boundaries. As can be easily attested, Brits are good at expressing moral outrage at other nation's crimes but rarely their own. For example, in the 1960's British students were quick to emulate Americans who were demonstrating against the Vietnamese invasion but they had nothing to say about British government's own counter-insurgency wars in North Yemen, Oman and South Yemen during the same period. Same again in Kenya and Malaya - there was hardly a squeak. To return to Palestine, Britain laid the foundations for the colonisation of Palestine between 1917-1948, yet this is lost on most British commentators. I could go on but you get my gist.

  • Historical whitewash: Great Britain must be held accountable for its role in the Nakba
    • NumanAbdalWahid May 16, 2014 at 1:33 pm

      There were no "ups and downs" between the British and Zionists, they simply had tactical differences in how to establish the Zionist State. The two that come to mind immediately are firstly, Zionist, especially the Jabotinsky group, wanted mass immigration to Palestine from the early 1920's onwards whereas the British wanted a gradualist approach to immigration. Secondly, the Zionist also wanted to keep Trans-Jordan (now the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan) as part of Palestine as it was in the original Sykes-Picot agreement. There were others, no doubt, but these were the main ones in the early years of the mandate.

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