Take up the White Man's
Send forth the best ye breed--
Go bind your sons to exile
To serve your captives' need;
To wait in heavy harness,
On fluttered folk and wild--
Your new-caught, sullen peoples,
Half-devil and half-child.
Take up the White Man's burden--
In patience to abide,
To veil the threat of terror
And check the show of pride;
By open speech and simple,
An hundred times made plain
To seek another's profit,
And work another's gain.
Take up the White Man's burden--
The savage wars of peace--
Fill full the mouth of Famine
And bid the sickness cease;
And when your goal is nearest
The end for others sought,
Watch sloth and heathen Folly
Bring all your hopes to nought.
Take up the White Man's burden--
No tawdry rule of kings,
But toil of serf and sweeper--
The tale of common things.
The ports ye shall not enter,
The roads ye shall not tread,
Go mark them with your living,
And mark them with your dead.
Take up the White Man's burden--
And reap his old reward:
The blame of those ye better,
The hate of those ye guard--
The cry of hosts ye humour
(Ah, slowly!) toward the light:--
"Why brought he us from bondage,
Our loved Egyptian night?"
Take up the White Man's burden--
Ye dare not stoop to less--
Nor call too loud on Freedom
To cloke your weariness;
By all ye cry or whisper,
By all ye leave or do,
The silent, sullen peoples
Shall weigh your gods and you.
Take up the White Man's burden--
Have done with childish days--
The lightly proferred laurel,
The easy, ungrudged praise.
Comes now, to search your manhood
Through all the thankless years
Cold, edged with dear-bought wisdom,
The judgment of your peers!
The White Man's Burden
Rudyard Kipling 1899,
One episode that brings this poem to mind was the fate of the British Governor of the Sudan, General Charles Gordon who crushed slavery in Sudan. He was killed by the forces of the Mahdi who beheaded him. The Imperialist British are long gone from the Sudan and slavery has resurfaced under the National Islamic Front Government. After Nigeria became independent of Britain millions of Christian Igbos were starved or slaughtered by Federal Forces. (Slavery Terrorism and Islam by Peter Hammond).
Why read ye not the
changeless truth, -
The free can conquer but to save?
May God upon these shining sands
Send Love and Victory clasping hands,
And Freedom’s banners wave in peace
For ever o’er the rescued lands!
And here, in that triumphant hour,
Shall yielding beauty wed with power;
And blushing earth and smiling sea
In dalliance deck the bridal bower.
This is an excerpt of a
poem written by John Hay.
The line The free can conquer but to save was
used by President McKinley as part of his justification
for taking over the Philippines.
The following is the
song Land Of Hope and Glory with the lyrics "wider still and wider shall thy
bounds be set"
The idea behind the song is that as the British empire grows so does freedom and goodness. Although the British did a lot of
good during their empire building they also did a lot of harm as well.
The following is an excerpt from an article by Ibn Warraq called Democracy in a Cartoon, which appeared in frontpagemagazine.com on 2/6/2006
Be proud, do not apologize. Do we have to go on apologizing for the sins our fathers? Do we still have to apologize, for example, for the British Empire, when, in fact, the British presence in India led to the Indian Renaissance, resulted in famine relief, railways, roads and irrigation schemes, eradication of cholera, the civil service, the establishment of a universal educational system where none existed before, the institution of elected parliamentary democracy and the rule of law? What of the British architecture of Bombay and Calcutta? The British even gave back to the Indians their own past: it was European scholarship, archaeology and research that uncovered the greatness that was India; it was British government that did its best to save and conserve the monuments that were a witness to that past glory. British Imperialism preserved where earlier Islamic Imperialism destroyed thousands of Hindu temples.
On the world stage, should we really apologize for Dante, Shakespeare, and Goethe? Mozart, Beethoven and Bach? Rembrandt, Vermeer, Van Gogh, Breughel, Ter Borch? Galileo, Huygens, Copernicus, Newton and Darwin? Penicillin and computers? The Olympic Games and Football? Human rights and parliamentary democracy? The west is the source of the liberating ideas of individual liberty, political democracy, the rule of law, human rights and cultural freedom. It is the west that has raised the status of women, fought against slavery, defended freedom of enquiry, expression and conscience. No, the west needs no lectures on the superior virtue of societies who keep their women in subjection, cut off their clitorises, stone them to death for alleged adultery, throw acid on their faces, or deny the human rights of those considered to belong to lower castes.
How can we expect immigrants to integrate into western society when they are at the same time being taught that the west is decadent, a den of iniquity, the source of all evil, racist, imperialist and to be despised? Why should they, in the words of the African-American writer James Baldwin, want to integrate into a sinking ship? Why do they all want to immigrate to the west and not Saudi Arabia? They should be taught about the centuries of struggle that resulted in the freedoms that they and everyone else for that matter, cherish, enjoy, and avail themselves of; of the individuals and groups who fought for these freedoms and who are despised and forgotten today; the freedoms that the much of the rest of world envies, admires and tries to emulate." When the Chinese students cried and died for democracy in Tiananmen Square (in 1989) , they brought with them not representations of Confucius or Buddha but a model of the Statue of Liberty."
Egypt was more
moderate when under British control than it is now. Phyllis Chesler
pictures of Cairo University graduates in 1959, 1978, 1995, and 2004. The
female graduates in 1959 and 1978 had bare arms, wore short sleeved blouses,
dresses, or pants, and were both bare-faced and bare-headed. By 1995, we see a
smattering of headscarves—and by 2004 we see a plurality of female university
graduates in serious hijab. She also showed pictures of the Egyptian riots
and what few women we see are wearing hijab or niqab.
If the British had stayed women rights would have stayed as well. It was independence from British imperialism that allowed the slide backwards of women's rights.
The Alawites did not want the French to leave Syria because they knew it would mean persecution by Muslims. The grandfather of Bashar Assad wrote a letter to the Prime Minister of France about his fears of the consequences of a French withdrawal.
The spirit of fanaticism and narrow-mindedness, whose roots are deep in the heart of the Arab Muslims toward all those who are not Muslim, is the spirit that continually feeds the Islamic religion, and therefore there is no hope that the situation will change. If the Mandate is cancelled, the danger of death and destruction will be a threat upon the minorities in Syria, even if the cancellation [of the Mandate] will decree freedom of thought and freedom of religion. Why, even today we see how the Muslim residents of Damascus force the Jews who live under their auspices to sign a document in which they are forbidden to send food to their Jewish brothers who are suffering from the disaster in Palestine [in the days of the great Arab rebellion], the situation of the Jews in Palestine being the strongest and most concrete proof of the importance of the religious problem among the Muslim Arabs toward anyone who does not belong to Islam. Those good Jews, who have brought to the Muslim Arabs civilization and peace, and have spread wealth and prosperity to the land of Palestine, have not hurt anyone and have not taken anything by force, and nevertheless the Muslims have declared holy war against them and have not hesitated to slaughter their children and their women despite the fact that England is in Palestine and France is in Syria. Therefore a black future awaits the Jews and the other minorities if the Mandate is cancelled and Muslim Syria is unified with Muslim Palestine. This union is the ultimate goal of the Muslim Arabs.
Now that the British are gone the Coptic Christians are brutally oppressed. Protestors of Mubarak hung him in effigy with a star of David drawn on his face because of the widespread anger at Mubarak for supposedly being a friend of Israel. The fanatic Muslim brotherhood won the elections in 2011 by a large margin in Egypt making war with Israel even more likely than it was before.
Meanwhile the Palestinians want to destroy Israel Turkey has become openly hostile under Islamic rule, while Lebanon sinks into Hezbollah's grip. If England had kept control of Egypt and France had kept control of Lebanon the Christians in both countries would have been protected and the prospects of a lasting peace would have been much greater.
When a population has been indoctrinated from childhood to hate democracy is a disaster. In the following video Nonie Darwish an Egyptian woman, talks about the indoctrination she experienced as a child in Egypt.
Terms such as imperialism and occupation have been given evil connotations but like a gun they are not inherently evil and in fact may be not only good but necessary to fight evil. In fact there are times when it is evil not to be imperialist and not to occupy land. When the allies triumphed over Nazi Germany and Japan they occupied those countries and de-Nazified them. Would it have been better if they hadn't? There is a saying that all that is necessary for evil to triumph is for the good to do nothing. Currently regimes such as Iran and Venezuela are growing threats that are likely to bring widespread suffering and death if their regimes are not overthrown. There is no virtue in allowing evil regimes to gain in strength in fact in that case taking over those countries temporarily until a democracy is installed is a moral imperative. In the case of some regions installation of a democracy is not enough. Democracy in Gaza let to the rise of Hamas and the end of democracy there. In some cases occupation is necessary an occupation in which indoctrination with evil religions and ideology is stopped. Most of the Islamic regimes of the Middle East continually grow in strength and are a breeding ground for terrorism and war. It is a moral imperative to occupy these regions. Iran will have nuclear weapons if it is not occupied.
America withdrew most of its troops from Iraq and did not defend the Iraqi Christians even while it had a lot of troops there. Here is a video of Muslims attacking Christian shops.
For more photos and videos click here.
Two of the most hated situations are "colonialism" and "apartheid" but R.W. Johnson in his book South Africa's Brave New World writes about what happened when apartheid ended in South Africa as follows:
In 1994 the ANC had swept to power on two slogans - 'A Better Life for All' and 'Jobs, Jobs, Jobs'. The reality was that for many years after 1994 formal-sector jobs shrank at a rate of well over 100,000 a year, with unemployment climbing inexorably as huge cohorts of young job-seekers flooded onto the glutted labour market. By 2001, moreover, 5,000 people a week were dying of Aids, a number which soon increased to 1,000 a day. Life was not only not 'better for all'; for all too many it was both shorter and poorer. Signs of social distress proliferated. The crime rate soared. Begging at traffic lights - by beggars of all races - soon became a general phenomenon. House prices feel steadily in real terms, year after year until 2000, and it became clear that in effect the market was discounting the value of many properties to zero over a fairly short time span, clearly anticipating complete social collapse.
There was a partial comeback of the economy later in South Africa because of Chinese demand for South African minerals and because of increasing car exports. Despite that life in South Africa is horrendous. Daniel Greenfield in an article titled South Africa's Hell On Earth wrote:
South Africa has the most rapes per capita of anywhere in the world. 3,600 rapes happen in South Africa every day. 40% percent of South African women will be raped. In one survey, 1 in 4 men admitted to being rapists. 1 in 10 of those admitted to raping little girls. Children are believed to be the victims of 41% of the rapes in the country... AIDS has saturated South Africa, helped along by its rape culture and the continent’s superstitions about the disease. HIV positive men believe that they can be cured through sexual contact with a virgin. South Africa has one of the highest murder rates in the world either per capita or in the sheer number of people killed.
R. W. Johnson quoted the political scientist Francis Fukuyama warning about the whites being driven out as follows:
It is hard to overstate the potential economic disaster that would await South Africa were this to happen. The rest of sub-Saharan Africa has been moving backward economically at a breathtaking pace... many parts of Africa are poorer than when they gained independence. Sadly, it would appear that colonialism, far from having been responsible for Africa's poverty, was in fact a major source of skills and infrastructure, and that the region has become worse off economically the further from colonialism it gets.
For the coming of African nationalism (I cheered it on in 1960) has turned out to mean the arrival of a locust plague, of leaders who, in most cases, plundered their countries, abused their people and led their societies backwards just as Fukuyama says. Generally speaking, the whites fled first but were followed by much greater waves of blacks, which is why, in today's South Africa, Congolese jostle against Nigerians, Mozambicans and Zimbabweans in their millions. All the countries these people fled from were once colonies where order prevailed and where life expectancy and prosperity tended to increase year by year...
The fact is that colonialism brought order, unity and modernity to these countries and that these gains have been preserved and built on in the era of independence, whereas in African countries as different as Somalia and the Congo the order unity and even the modernity of colonial times has been lost. In today's Zimbabwe, once one of Africa's most developed states with its best-educated populace, the question is often asked 'what did we have before candles?': the answer is, 'electricity'. In the Congo what were good roads at independence are at best cart tracks now...
Today's black leaders denounce the slave trade which saw ten to twelve million Africans transported against their will to Europe and the Americas, yet the fact is that millions more have, of their own free will, left for those same shores since Africa was independent- and far more would if they could.
The propaganda we hear is about white racists persecuting innocent blacks in South Africa but the opposite is true as can be seen in this video.
There is the temptation to avoid dealing with evil if it is in foreign lands, or if it doesn't adversely effect oneself, especially since fighting evil may bring about evil to oneself. Often evil will come to oneself if one does not act. A classic example of that was 9/11. The base from which 9/11 was carried out was Afghanistan. If a benevolent imperialist country had taken over Afghanistan and liberated the population from the rule of the fanatic Islamic Taliban, 9/11 would not have happened. Another example is Polio. Polio was practically wiped out but it exists in Pakistan because radical Muslims were paranoid of immunization by infidel Westerners and Westerners who have tried to immunize Pakistanis have been killed. Polio has spread from Pakistan to Egypt and Israel. In this world of high mobility the evil that takes place in Pakistan can affect us all. Diseases can become more lethal, vaccines that stop Polio today may not stop it tomorrow.
The following are links to articles about the "good" Western imperialism. Following these links I include texts now found on the web. The West is also guilty of crimes because of imperialistic motives, the purpose of this site is to show the good imperialism.
Grateful Iraqis Thank America For Sacrifice Worldnetdaily 6/30/04
Marines Get Hot Meals From Grateful Iraqis 3/31/03 Washington Post
Texas Doctors Operate on Iraqis Mutilated by Saddam San Antonio WOAI.com 4/13/04
Dissident Arab Gets the Treatment Frontpage Magazine 1/6/05 Article is about an Arab who appreciates the U.S. invasion of Kuwait.
The Price of Peace Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs, January 7, 2005
The Case For Imperialism by Erik Rush, Worldnetdaily 8/11/05
An Imperialist Vision For Survival by Erik Rush, The New Media Journal, 8/14/07
A History of the English Speaking Peoples Since 1900
The Anti Terrorism Campaign That Succeeded, Jewish Press, 6/28/07
The recent threats
against the West by al-Qaida's terror chief Aymen al-Zawahiri, Osama bin Laden's
right-hand man, along with Iran's recent defiance relative to their nuclear
buildup, make a strong case for the imperialism practiced by nations like
Britain, France and Holland in times of old.
Erik Rush, The Case For Imperialism
Widespread propaganda against the West as evil imperialists has left considerable confusion as to the true history of the West and the necessity for some of Western imperialism. Often the West was not imperialistic and aggressive enough. For example the West allowed the Arabs to nationalize the oil fields. This has given immense power to Radical Islam, an ideology bent on world domination. The Western countries of the world bend over backwards to appease countries such as Saudi Arabia partly because of their dependence on Arab oil. As part of this appeasement the countries of Europe have allowed themselves to become Islamicized, the alarming Islamization of Europe has been described in detail by Bat Ye'or in her book, Eurabia. Saudi oil money funds propaganda throughout the world which confuses the West and makes them less able to fight terror. Iran's oil wealth is being channeled into the development of production facilities for nuclear weapons. The United States has stood idly by while Hugo Chavez has gained control of the oil resources of Venezuela who he is turning against the United States. In addition he has made a deal with Iran to base medium range Iranian missiles in Venezuela. When one considers how Iran is pursuing nuclear weapon development this is a very dangerous development. In addition Russia has provided Venezuela with a fleet of fighter planes that will make it very costly to fight Chavez when the U.S. finds itself forced to do so.
Israel gave up the Sinai to Egypt in return for a peace treaty that Egypt currently plans to modify i.e. violate. It actually violated the terms of normalization from the beginning of the treaty. Now that the Sinai is in Egyptian hands brutal Bedouins there purchase refugees from Africa from smugglers and torture them in order to get ransom from their relatives. If Israel had held on to the Sinai this would not have been allowed to happen. There's this idea that Israel giving up land for peace is good but the result is not peace it is horror. Land should be in the hands of those who improve the life of the inhabitants and who don't use it as a base to attack their neighbors.
Recently Israel uprooted Israelis from their homes in Gaza and turned it over to the Palestinian Arabs for the sake of peace. There are large quantities of natural gas off the coast of Gaza. It is likely that the money from this gas will be used by the Palestinian Arabs to fund terrorism and war against Israel (Ya'alon: Gas deal keeping IDF out of Gaza jpost 10/21/07). This is an example of how not being holding on to one's land (the reverse of imperialism) can lead to war.
Israel weakened Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in Gaza but then withdrew and now they have more rockets than ever aimed at Israeli civilians. Israel is struck, then strikes back and retreats and the enemy grows stronger and strikes again. If the enemy wins that means no more Israel. In order for Israel to survive it has to conquer. In addition Hamas claimed in November 2010 to have acquired "Game Changing Weapons".
The head of Israeli military intelligence Amos Yadlin said that war is coming and that Israel faced a great threat from the thousands of “cheap missiles” Syria, Hizbullah and Hamas have acquired, along with sophisticated defense systems now in the hands of Syria, and perhaps Hizbullah as well.
“Our enemies have been following a strategy based on the belief that the only way to overcome Israel’s deterrence is through long range missile fire and improving air defense capabilities.”
As such, they have been doing whatever they could to acquire both offensive and defensive systems. Russia has been a great help in this regard, Yadlin remarked.
Uri Milstein said that :
During the Second Lebanon War we did not achieve our goals of defeating Hizbullah, and instead they grew stronger. During Operation Cast Lead we attempted to strike a death blow to Hamas, but they just got stronger. So, obviously, the situation will be more difficult next time,
According to classified documents released by WikiLeaks Netanyahu told a delegation of visiting U.S. lawmakers that he did not want to govern the West Bank and Gaza but rather to stop attacks from being launched from there. The problem with that logic is that if Israel doesn't govern those areas attacks will be launched from them. Israel has to be imperialist to protect itself.
Israel was criticized for a disproportionate reaction when it invaded Lebanon in Gaza but reality is that their reaction was not strong enough and the rockets are back in greater numbers than ever. Reality is that if the Arabs win there will be another holocaust of Jews that will dwarf any Israeli reaction to Palestinian Arab rockets. Rosalyn Higgins, the President of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague, has noted however, that proportionality "has to be in relation to the overall legitimate objective of ending the aggression." In other words, if a state, like Israel, is facing aggression, then a proportional response is the minimal response that ends the aggression not one that kills the same number of people as Palestinian Arabs have killed.
Sometimes by killing more you wind up killing less. If the enemy realizes that anything they do will be met with a much stronger response they are less likely to act aggressively and you in return may not have to react at all.
Moshe Dayan, one of the great generals of Israel gave a talk about this in 1965 to volunteers of the RAFI political party (THE MACCABEAN, January 1995). Dayan said:
The essence of Israel's security in this region (Middle East) is deterrence. When we formed the State in 1948-9, we were very weak. The Arab States had planes, tanks, heavy artillery and many more soldiers than us. We had very little heavy military equipment. In the period 1949-55, we absorbed almost a million immigrants. Tent cities sprung up all over the country. We were totally disorganized. Had the Arabs mounted another major invasion, we could have lost. We devised a solution to this problem. It was deterrence. Think about being lost in a forest and surrounded by hostile animals. If you light a torch, boldly approach them showing no fear -- they will retreat. But, if you show fear -- they will attack and you are lost. We used this principle to save Israel during those early years. Every time we were attacked, we retaliated ten fold. We showed daring and penetrated deep within their borders to attack our targets. ..You know the result. The Arabs were afraid and never attacked. Deterrence worked.
That deterrence according to Moshe Arens a former defense minister of Israel, is gone. Aaron Klein in an article in Worldnetdaily 7/12/2006, wrote that Arens said:
"Israel's withdrawal from Gaza and the uprooting of Jewish communities there was interpreted by Hamas and by the Palestinian people as a victory for terrorism,"
"The Palestinian terrorists bombarding Israeli towns with missiles and saw very little Israeli response, so they carried out a daring raid against Israeli troops. They are not afraid of Israel when it retreats."
Arens said the Hezbollah raid today along the Israel-Lebanon border was a "direct result of the failed Israeli withdrawal from that country by [Prime Minister Ehud] Barak in 2000.
"Barak threatened Lebanon with the harshest reprisals if any aggressive cross border acts were carried out by Hezbollah," he said. "We have seen many aggressive acts – missile attacks the past few months, killings and kidnappings of Israeli soldiers – and no major Israeli retaliation. The clear message received by Hezbollah is one of Israeli weakness. Deterrence has been lost."
The American Invasion
Mabel Elliott in her book, Beginning Again at Ararat, wrote a chapter called The American Invasion about American donations and the American volunteers who came to Erevan to help the Armenians. She wrote:
Travellers who saw Erivan before the war speak of it as a city of gardens and fountains, of cobbled, walled streets where beautiful Armenian women walked in filmy veils of white and red, of flat roof-tops where all the people slept beneath the stars.
When the Americans came into it in 1919 it was a city of fallen walls and death. The Tartar section had been destroyed as Jehovah had commanded his people to destroy the cities they took, so that not one stone remained upon another, and nothing lived moved in it. The Armenian city had passed through the siege of the Bosheviks, and had suffered in the riots and massacres of the Armenian Nationalist's short-lived counter-revolution. The very pavements of the streets were uprooted, walls had fallen upon them, choking the gutters of running water, and pestilence had come out of the ruins to feed on the starving people.
Nothing of this was new to Erivan, the city that had suffered looting and burning and massacre at the hands of the invading Persians, Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Tartars, Turks and Russians, since first its walls were built. But the invasion by America was new...
For the first time since Armenians, clothed in skins and carrying stone weighted clubs, came out of the unknown birthplace of mankind to climb the foothills of Mount Ararat, a powerful foreign nation has invaded the country, bringing not hate, but love...
It was strange to see, in aged Erivan, the coming of those Americans. Straight-eyed, healthy, active American girls in uniform, walking through the walled streets as no gracefully veiled and subtly feminine Armenian girl had ever walked, climbing over heaps of debris, inspecting ruined buildings with practical eyes, directoring workmen. Nurses in white, efficient, practical and jolly, sleeves rolled up and antiseptics handy, washing emaciated bodies all day long, treating loathsome sores, shaving and anointing hundreds of favus-encrusted heads. Men in khaki, with Sam rowne belts and Russian boots, striding into government offices, or busy at tables with piles of estimates, waybills and roughly sketched architect's plans. Young, vigorous, impatient Americans, heading gangs of refugee workmen who were cleaning the streets and hauling away the carloads of dead and fumigating pestholes. Shirt-sleeved Americans, pencil in hand, checking carloads of goods into warehouses, checking them out again into camel-carts and ox-wagons, presiding over distribution of bread and of old clothes. Americans, working, getting the job done...
The Americans in Erivan cleaned the streets, cleared the choked gutters that were spreading pestilence, laid down again the up-torn paving stones. They created nine hospitals, where thousands of sick have been brought from dirty paving stones to be bathed and laid between clean sheets on beds. They gathered up forty-five hundred miserable sick little animals and made them again into human children, clean, rosy, and able to laugh. They built workshops, where boys are learning trades; a Boy Scout house where they are learning to be honourable and self-respecting men; a Girl Scout organization which is giving future mothers of Armenia the ideals of American womanhood...
Erivan is now a crescent of green trees and flat-roofed houses, on the banks of the Araxes in the shadow of Mount Ararat. Its streets are still broken, but clean; water flows in its sewer-gutters until winter's cold freezes them. Its buildings that were wrecked are homes and schools and workshops and hospitals for thousands of Armenian children whose lives were saved by America. The huddle of markets that surround the square of the old Russian church are alive again, living on the new currency, American old clothes, which was put in circulation by American purchases of labour and materials. Ox-wagons lumber through the streets, bringing in the harvest of fields that were sown because America fed the peasants with Kansas corn-grits. That harvest has set turning again the wheels of the old water-mills in the canyon of the Araxes.
Mount Ararat and the Araxes, that saw the prehistoric invasion of the Armenians, that saw the invasions of Assyrians, Medes, Persians, Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Turks, Tartars, Russians, that have seen the marching of German armies and English, have now seen the American invasion.
Alexander Aaronson, in his book With the Turks in Palestine, wrote about the gratefulness of the Christians in Lebanon for the French invasion. He wrote:
In 1860 Turkish troops joined with the Druses and fell upon the Maronites with wholesale massacres that spread as far south as Damascus, where ten thousand Christians were killed in two days.
The European powers were moved at last. Fifty warships were sent to Beirut, and ten thousand French troops were landed in the Lebanon, to create order. Under the pressure of the European powers the Sublime Porte was forced to grant an autonomy for the province of the Lebanon. The French, English, German, Russian, Austrian, and, a year later, the Italian, Governments were signing the guaranty of this autonomy.
Since then the Lebanon has had peace. The Governor of the province must always be a Christian, but the General Council of the Lebanon includes representatives of all the different races and religions of the population. A wonderful development began with the liberation from Turkish oppression. Macadamized roads were built all over the province, agriculture was improved, and there was complete safety for life and property. There is a proverb now in Palestine and Syria which says, "In the Lebanon a virgin may travel alone at midnight and be safe, and a purse of gold dropped in the road at midday will never be stolen." And the proverb told the literal truth.
When one crossed the boundary from Turkish Palestine into the Lebanon province, what a change met his eyes!peaceful and prosperous villages, schools filled with children, immense plantations of mulberry trees and olives, the slopes of the mountains terraced with beautiful vineyards, a handsome and sturdy population, police on every road to help the stranger, and young girls and women with happy laugh and chatter working in the fields. With a population of about six hundred thousand this province exported annually two million dollars' worth of raw silk, silkworm-raising being a specialty of the Lebanon.
When autonomy was granted the Lebanon, French influence became predominant among the Maronites and other Christians of the province. French is spoken by almost all of them, and love for France is a deep-rooted sentiment of the people. On the other hand, the Druses feel the English influence. For the last sixty years England has been the friend of the Druses, and they have not forgotten it.
It may be worth while to tell in a few words the story of one man who accomplished wonders in spreading the influence of his country. Sir Richard Wood was born in London, a son of Catholic parents. From his early boyhood he aspired to enter the diplomatic service. The East attracted him strongly, and in order to learn Arabic he went with another young Englishman to live in the Lebanon. In Beirut they sought the hospitality of the Maronite patriarch. For a few days they were treated with lavish hospitality, and then the patriarch summoned them before him and told them that they must leave the city within twenty-four hours. The reason for their disgrace they discovered later. Not suspecting that they were being put to the test, they had eaten meat on a Friday, and this made the patriarch think that they were not true Catholics, but were there as spies.
Leaving Beirut in haste, Wood and his friend sought shelter with the Druses, who received them with open arms. For two years Wood lived among the Druses, in the village of Obey. There he learned Arabic and became thoroughly acquainted with the country and with the ways of the Druses, and there he conceived the idea of winning the Druses for England to counteract the influence of the French Maronites. He went back to London, where he succeeded in impressing his views upon the Foreign Office, and he returned to Syria charged with a secret mission. Before long he persuaded the Druse chieftains to address a petition to England asking for British protection.
British protection was granted, and for over thirty years Richard Wood, virtually single-handed, shaped the destiny of Syria. It was he who broke the power of Ibrahim Pasha, the son of Mehemet Ali; it was he who guided Admiral Stopford in the bombardment of Beirut; it was he, again, who brought about the landing of English troops in Syria in 1841; we find him afterwards in Damascus as British Consul, and wherever he went he was always busy spreading English power and prestige. He understood the East thoroughly and felt that England must be strong in Syria if she wished to retain her imperial power. It is very unfortunate that the policy of Sir Richard Wood was not carried out by his nation.
It was with high hopes and expectations that I approached the Lebanon. I was looking forward to the moment when I should find myself among people who were free from the Turkish yoke, in a country where I should be able to breathe freely for a few hours.
But how great was my consternation, when, on entering the Lebanon, I found on all the roads Turkish soldiers who stopped me every minute to ask for my papers! Even then I could not realize that the worst had happened. Of course, rumors of the Turkish occupation of the Lebanon had reached us a few weeks before, but we had not believed it, as we knew that Germany and Austria were among those who guaranteed the autonomy of the Lebanon. It was true, however; the scrap of paper that guaranteed the freedom of the Lebanon had proved of no more value to the Lebanese than had that other scrap of paper to Belgium. As I entered the beautiful village of Ed-Damur, one of the most prosperous and enchanting places on earth, I saw entire regiments of Turkish troops encamped in and about the village.
While I was watering my horse, I tried to ask questions from a few inhabitants. My fair hair and complexion and my khaki costume made them take me for a German, and they barely answered me, but when I addressed them in French their faces lit up. For the Lebanon, for all it is thousands of miles away from France, is nevertheless like a French province. For fifty years the French language and French culture have taken hold of the Lebanon. No Frenchman has more love for and faith in France than lie in the hearts of the Lebanese Christians. They have never forgotten that when massacres were threatening to wipe out all the Christians of the Lebanon, ten thousand French soldiers swept over the mountains to spread peace, life, and French gayety.
And when the poor people heard the language they loved, and when they found out that I too was the son of an oppressed and ruined community, all the sadness and bitterness of their hearts was told me,how the Turkish soldiers had spread over the beloved mountains of Lebanon; how the strong, stalwart young Lebanese had been taken away from the mountains and forced into the Turkish army; how the girls and women were hiding in their homes, afraid to be seen by the soldiers and their officers; how the chieftains were imprisoned and even hanged; and how violence and pillage had spread over the peaceful country.[Footnote: Since the above was written the American press has chronicled many atrocities committed in the Lebanon. The execution of leaders and the complete blockade of the mountains by the Turkish authorities resulted in the starving of eighty thousand Lebanese. The French Government has warned Turkey through the American Ambassador that the Turks will be held accountable for their deeds.]
I could not help wondering at the mistakes of the Allies. If they had understood the situation in Palestine and Syria, how differently this war might have eventuated! The Lebanon and Syria would have raised a hundred thousand picked men, if the Allies had landed in Palestine. The Lebanon would have fought for its independence as heroically as did the Belgians. Even the Arab population would have welcomed the Allies as liberators. But alas!
Ariel Sharon decided with pressure from the Bush Administration and the rest of the world for that matter to uproot the Jewish inhabitants of Gaza for peace. Instead of becoming peaceful Gaza became a terrorist base for more rockets against Israel. The situation for the inhabitants of Gaza became worse as well. According to Middle East News (6/16/2007):
Samara, (an alias for a graduate of Islamic University living in the Gaza strip) said that
“I’m afraid to say this out loud, they may execute me for it, but there are a lot of people, including myself, who think it would be better if Israel came back here. Things would be much better than they are now.
According to Samara, who lives nearby one of the Fatah strongholds taken over by Hamas in recent days, fear reigns in Gaza’s streets, and apart from gunmen and military officials, no one leaves their homes.
“The children are afraid all the time,” Samara says. “My nephews ask, ‘Why are the Israelis shooting at us?’, and we tell them it’s Palestinians. Then they ask, ‘Why are Palestinians shooting at us?’, and I have no answer for them...
“We have no food at home. We’ve been living on soups and canned food for days. There is no electricity or continuous water supply, let alone medicine or essential hygiene products,” she explained.
The gun battles taking place in the streets keep all of Gaza’s residents in a state of constant fear.
“I hide in the house all day long, but even that might not be enough. Our neighbor was shot while he was inside. Men with black masks, weapons, and bags are walking around on the streets and I’m afraid to leave. They could shoot me – even if I’m not what they are looking for,” Samara said.
The reason why the allies assigned Greece the responsibility to administer Smyrna after World War I was stated by Alexander Millerand, president of the Supreme Allied Council as follows ( The Turkish Crime of Our Century The Greek Holocaust of Thrace, Asia Minor and Pontos, )
The Turkish government not only failed in its duty to protect its non-Turkish citizens from the looting, violence and murders, but there are many indications that the Turkish government itself was responsible for directing and organizing the most cruel attacks against the populations, which it was supposed to protect. For these reasons, the Allied powers have decided to liberate from the Turkish yoke all the lands where the majority of the people were non-Turks.
Unfortunately the Turks under Mustafa Kemal drove them out.
A popular slogan in the West is "No Blood for Oil". Oil in the wrong hands fuels trouble. Oil is turning Venezuela into a highly armed anti-U.S. country. Oil gives Chavez the power to influence elections in neighboring countries such as Nicaragua. Oil is what makes Iran so powerful and a looming nuclear threat. We can sit down and do nothing while the threats around us grow or we can intervene and take over before they do. That is imperialism and it would save a lot of lives and in many cases increase the freedom of the people in the places that we take over.
Saudi Arabia is a country which:
does nothing to stop Saudi extremists from crossing the border into Iraq and attacking American soldiers there. More insidiously, Saudi money spreads anti-American propaganda, creates propaganda institutions out of some of our best universities, think tanks and media, spreads their form of extremist Wahhabi Islam, finances terrorists and influences our government officials. (Why We Should Not Arm Saudi Arabia, American Thinker 9/20/07)
One of the arguments made for America arming Saudi Arabia is that if America doesn't Russia or China will so America might as well make some money. If instead America was imperialist and seized the Saudi oil fields than the Saudis would not have the money to buy Russian or Chinese arms.
The United States policy during President George W Bush was called the Freedom Agenda by Condoleeza Rice in her book No Higher Honor. The idea was the more countries that were liberated the better it would be for America. This was continued by Obama. The result was liberation of violent radical Muslims throughout Africa and the Middle East. Despite all the fighting to liberate the people of Afghanistan the Taliban have spread to what once were peaceful towns in Afghanistan and brought their atrocities with them.
The correct policy would be conquest, denazification and then liberation as was down after World War II.
One defense of imperialism is to look at whether conditions improved or worsened after the imperialism happened or after it was over. In the case of South Africa the conditions are far worse now that power has been transferred from the whites.
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