ISLAND DREAMING December 19, 2006Posted by wmmbb in Modern History.
Britain was once great, to the extent it had an empire that stretched around the globe, and in its comparative majesty overshadowed the Roman Empire. It was even larger than those once commanded by the French, the Dutch, the Belgians, the Spanish and the Portuguese. The British Isles were once ruled from one city. Times change. For example, in 1776 some of the American colonies became independent, and started constructing their own contiguous, transcontinental empire. But sometimes people are fixed on the phantasmagoria of the past, which may often mean that they make bad choices.
So it seems this has happened to the present, long lingering, and decreasingly relevant, British Prime Minister. Britain was once a great power, and the delusion of greatness should have been brought to their attention fifty years ago. Blair thought he could influence Bush. This delusion, according to Paul Reynolds at BBC News, was “a terrible mistake”, or more exactly the decision to support the illegal invasion and occupation of Iraq.
Britain can be a player in Europe, which is not wholly monolithic, but which has the collective gravitas to stand up to the American imperium should it decide, or at least the major players within the European orbit decide on a common stance. Instead, fuelled by delusions, it seems to me that Britain and Blair have sought to undermine Europe. The Europeans, including the British, might get it into their heads that “the union makes us strong.” After all, over one million Britons chose to live on the continent.