British Armed Forces & PR

Marxist blogger Mick Hall @ Organized Rage asserts that:

Whenever the British armed forces become engaged militarily overseas it has a PR outfit in its baggage train. 

Whenever the British military become engaged on a foreign shore there is always PR outfit in its baggage train which is there to demonise its current enemies. In world war one it churned out articles about the German 'hun' using bayonets to pitchfork to death Belgium babies.* A variation of this was used in the first Iraq war which claimed Iraqi soldiers were smashing the skulls of Kuwaiti new born babies so they could steal the incubators from under them.

When the fog of war finally cleared both turned out to be untrue.

The late unlamented British Empire inflicted great suffering throughout the world. Although you wouldn't know it from the Cameronites and their media gofers who see it as a great wheeze, which gifted the Indian people its railways. Now where have I heard this type of nonsense before? Oh yes, Benito Mussolini, it's claimed, made the railways run on time and Hitler built the motorways so every German could drive along them in a VW car.

Altruism was never behind these project. What they were actually designed for was the ability to move large numbers of troops quickly when the need arose, but the reactionary historians who are never off our TV screens fail to mention this ...

Wherever the British state placed its bloody standard the local population were demonised, the more so if they actively opposed the occupation, then they were targeted in the most vile manner. On the Indian Rebellion of 1857 which was known in the west as the Indian Mutiny. [of Sepoys] Amaresh Misra, a respected historian based in Mumbai, wrote that there was an "untold holocaust" which caused the deaths of almost 10 million people over 10 years beginning in 1857. Including 100,000 plus Indian soldiers who were slaughtered in savage reprisals.

Misra continues:

It was a holocaust, one where millions disappeared. It was a necessary holocaust in the British view because they thought the only way to win was to destroy entire populations in towns and villages. It was simple and brutal. Indians who stood in their way were killed. But its scale has been kept a secret from the British public.

What can you call the slaughter of over 100,000 soldiers after the mutiny was over if not a dastardly war crime.

This type of brutality was regularly inflicted on the peoples of the British Empire, whose only crime was having the misfortune to be born within its brutal realm. From South Africa to Kenya, through Cyprus, Malaya and down to Australia wielding a big stick was the order of the day.

All and everyone who opposed the occupation of their lands were vilified and targeted, smeared, and slandered. The word terrorist has always dripped off the lips of British politicians and the pens of an ever pliable media.

And then we come to Ireland

Ireland was not some far off land its people were subjects of the crown, but this meant diddly squat to the forces of the crown. For 800 years whenever the croppies refused to lay down they were ferociously slapped down by the military, often in the most brutal way. In 1922 the Irish people regained control of their destiny in 26 counties of their homeland. This left the six county orange state a British protectorate in the northeast of the island.

It has proven to be a failed entity. During the first five decades of it's existence NI was a sectarian sinkhole in which Catholics were discriminated against. In the following 30 years there was a bloody insurrection caused by this discrimination, if history teaches one thing it's no one likes to be a second class citizen in their own land. Since then there has been peace of a sorts, but it's become increasingly clear the six county Statelet is not a viable democracy any fair minded person would recognise. If it is not folded into the Irish state it's only a matter of time before it again descends into violence and mayhem.

During the insurgency years few were demonised more than the Irish republican couple Dominic and Mary McGlinchey. Nothing unusual in this, nor the centuries old gullibility of the so called English liberal intelligentsia who willingly swallowed this kind of tripe hook, line, and sinker. For example after the Indian 'mutiny' Charles Dickens wrote:
I wish I were commander-in-chief in India ... I should proclaim to them that I considered my holding that appointment by the leave of God, to mean that I should do my utmost to exterminate the race.

I thought it might be of interest to hear another view of this republican couple, in 2013 the Irish writer and historian Anthony McIntyre delivered a eulogy in Bellaghy at the graveside of Dominic and Mary McGlinchey.

English politicians and unionists along with the mainstream media called them mad dogs who needed putting down, and so they were. McIntyre paints a different picture. Given the history of the British Empire, some of which I have briefly touched on above, perhaps it's wise to take a more balanced view before deciding a fellow human being is a mad dog.

* Sadly WW2 was an aberration not the norm.

Mary McGlinchey with her children Marie Declan and Dominic

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Anthony McIntyre

Former IRA prisoner, spent 18 years in Long Kesh. Free Speech advocate, writer, historian, humanist, and researcher.

1 comment to ''British Armed Forces & PR"

  1. Good article but i don't think that a widespread armed campaign is likely in the near future.

    The people are sick of war and as Anthony said in another article, the people want governance as opposed to the (lack of) alternative. (I am paraphrasing-sorry if I am incorrect AM)

    Growing up in the UK state school system in Belfast in the 80's and 90's I was completely unaware of what Republicans refer to as 'The Ballymurphy Massacre', it was never mentioned in the media or in school....and this highlights one the major problems; without integrated schooling the age old shit of religion will create fear and mistrust between the sects.

    And this is encouraged by the Churches, to ensure their own power. Divide and conquer.


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