General Sir David Richards
[2013 Jan] The invasion of Africa has almost
nothing to do with “Islamism”, and almost everything to do with the acquisition
of resources By John Pilger
Cameron has now ordered British troops to Mali, and sent an RAF drone, while
his verbose military chief, General Sir David Richards, has addressed “a very
clear message to jihadists worldwide: don’t dangle and tangle with us. We will
deal with it robustly” – exactly what jihadists want to hear. The trail of blood
of British army terror victims, all Muslims, their “systemic” torture cases
currently heading to court, add necessary irony to the general’s words. I once
experienced Sir David’s “robust” ways when I asked him if he had read the
courageous Afghan feminist Malalai Joya’s description of the barbaric behaviour
of westerners and their clients in her country. “You are an apologist for the
Taliban” was his reply. (He later apologised).
These bleak comedians are straight out of Evelyn Waugh and allow us to feel the bracing breeze of history and hypocrisy. The “Islamic terrorism” that is their excuse for the enduring theft of Africa’s riches was all but invented by them. There is no longer any excuse to swallow the BBC/CNN line and not know the truth. Read Mark Curtis’s Secret Affairs: Britain’s Collusion with Radical Islam (Serpent’s Tail) or John Cooley’s Unholy Wars: Afghanistan, America and International Terrorism (Pluto Press) or The Grand Chessboard by Zbigniew Brzezinski (HarperCollins) who was midwife to the birth of modern fundamentalist terror. In effect, the mujahedin of al-Qaida and the Taliban were created by the CIA, its Pakistani equivalent, the Inter-Services Intelligence, and Britain’s MI6.