style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #8b0000" color=white size=1>The Kolkata
Libertarian has some interesting muses on why the NATO no
longer holds any significance in the world of today. And rightly so.
Big surprise, NATO is reluctant to play any sort of
serious role in either Afghanistan or Iraq….
And then he proceeds to write rather scathingly–and justifiably so–about
Europe–medieval and modern.
I have no regard for Europe, or modern European
values. I have seen the impact of generations of Old European foreign policy
across much of Asia, Africa, much of Latin America. One can trace much of the
political violence in the Middle East to European meddling. In fact, the only
good thing that came out of this god-forsaken continent are the people who
fled it for American shores. Believe me, Old Europe stinks, and it’s not just
the no-showering policy either..! Now flash forward to today, and each week
brings more indictments of French corruption that shook the bloody hand of
He has articulated very well, my own feelings about Europe. I hold most of
Europe responsible for the unrest in our part, and the rest of the world.
If you can view in a nutshell, the various “achievements” and “conquests” of
leading European countries, it boils down to just this: unbridled imperialism,
genocide, and sheer thievery. If England is no longer the economic superpower it
was (where is the Pound today?), the reason is because it has no “native”
countries to loot from. A recent study (don’t remember where I read it)
estimated that the total sum the British stole from India amounts to a figure
around $10 Trillion. And this is just what they stole from India, not to mention
another goldmine (no pun intended), South Africa.
They justified–at least the British did–their bloody imperialism by
cunningly-designed phrases such as the “White Man’s Burden,” “Responsibility of
the White Man to Civilize the Natives,” and so on. The genocide they have
committed has no parallel in human history: Hitler’s purge of Jews stands pale
in comparison. Methinks the reason Hitler’s genocide sounds so
horrible is because he exterminated millions in a pretty short span,
while the European genocide was on a global scale and spread over centuries:
entire populations of Australian aboriginees, America’s “Red” Indians, and South
America’s natives. This justification served a good end: lend legitimacy to the
race that perpetrated these holocausts–ah! but the White Man is not so
bad after all; it is his responsibility to civilize the rest of the world, and
if some unfavourable events/people stand in the way, they have to be removed–of
course, all in the name of the Noble Civilizing Mission.
When it was no longer viable to continue to maintain “colonies,” these
nations quietly left, but not before wreaking further, and almost irreparable
damage to the geographies and cultures of their erstwhile subject-nations.
India-Pakistan and the Middle East are problems that still
refuse to lend themselves to any solution in the foreseeable future.
Not content, they still continue to persist in keeping alive the colonial
tradition in the form of inanities such as the Commonwealth. The Commonwealth is
but a symbol, a reminder that we are still governed–so to
speak–by them. Racism, pure and naked. To all those who may pose the question,
“but the Commonwealth is a token of a shared past, and a sign of mutual goodwill
to foster harmonious ties, etc etc etc, what’s so bad about it?” I ask: what
shared past? The shared past refers to a time when all these countries were
under the imperial yoke, the shared past when we saw our own soil roughshod by
hooligans masquerading as a civilized race, the shared past which brings us
nothing but bitter memories. In our time, there are very few people who have
experienced firsthand the atrocities of foreign domination. And it is not
easy to forget. The conqueror, when he leaves will smile broadly and say, “it
was a mistake, let’s bury the past.” I recall William Faulkner’s words, “You