Monday, January 19, 2009
Defence of whose Realm, Mr Brown?
Well, there was I thinking that when British servicemen and women join up to 'Defend the Realm' the realm in question was that of the United Kingdom.
It seems I got it totally wrong. British armed forces are, it seems, there to defend the Israeli Realm.
The BBC reports:
Prime Minister Gordon Brown has offered British naval resources to help monitor events in the Gaza conflict and stop weapons being smuggled in.
He wants to help ensure protection and monitoring of the crossings into Gaza.
Mr Brown said: "We will do everything we can to prevent the arms trading at the root of the problems.
So there you have it, dear British readers, our Royal Navy, funded by your taxes, is going to be working for the Israeli government.
Do we, the British people, have any say in all of this?
Our country is all but bankrupt, and our armed forces hideously overstretched, but here is our Prime Minister offering 'naval resources' to assist a foreign power.
A foreign power incidentally, which is such a 'strong ally' of Britain that it carried on selling arms to the fascist Argentinian junta of General Galtieri during the Falklands war.
You might have thought that H.M. Opposition would make a big stir about Gordon Brown's announcement. But so far, not a word. In Britain's one party state, unequivocal support for the State of Israel is, it seems not negotiable.
It's about time that changed.
UPDATE: Charlie Marks has more on this shocking, if unsurprising news.