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Ignorance and culpability

Those of us born in Britain and the US have been raised with a sense of moral and intellectual superiority which is negated by the evidence of history.

Daily Pickings has focused, in the main, on current and historic transgressions of the US empire, primarily because it is the conduit of Structural Elite power today. However, from the 17th century to the end of the first world war, Britain was the dominant empire "civilising" (this même preceded today's "spreading of freedom and democracy" as cover for conquest and genocide) the rest of the world. One myth of empire is the glorious "British Raj".

The myth of "Glorious British Raj ... What did British really leave behind??? by Vinayak Jain
The British rule is often glorified with arguments such as the British gave India railways, roads & other infrastructure that helped India after Independence. But this doesn't even for a bit compensate for the atrocities committed by the British on Indians during its rule.

When one attempts to discuss such history, many will dismiss it as long past and that we cannot continue to apologise for sins buried so long in the past. But apologies aren't the issue. Ignorance and culpability are because we support the political economy that committed these atrocities which continue globally under the US empire.

Anglo-American power remains dominant in the world and we citizens of the US and its vassal states, principally Britain and the European Union, are culpable. Ignorance may have been a valid excuse in the past but in today's world of the internet, there is no excuse. By accepting the authority of government, we are responsible for every death and atrocity committed by governments both at home and abroad.

References in the speech to Hitler are based on a misunderstanding of history. For one person to know the full history of the world is a big ask but the powerful message of the video is incontestable. By voting for a system which commits acts of evil, we are not only complicit but ultimately, the fault is ours. We are responsible.


Lord Blair of Kut al-Amara

Tony Blair speaks and the gullible listen to the mendacious drivel he spouts, him being polished in the art of weasel words and weaving spells over the ignorant. To others, he is one of the most reviled individuals ever to have walked the political stage, having destroyed not just the fabric of British society but been instrumental in creating death and destruction across the Middle East and beyond.

To enumerate his crimes against humanity would take a strong stomach and the willingness to relive one of the darkest periods in British politics obscured by brash lights of popular culture - he cultivated an image of being a man of the people but many people died on his watch as a result of his desire to please his masters. He moved in sinister circles and is now being amply rewarded.

One casualty of Blair's vanity and that of his henchman, Alistair Campbell, was David Kelly.

David Kelly died to protect Blair's political career, his cronies and to hide the lies which precipitated the ongoing destruction of Iraq and the rest of the Middle East. David Kelly was but one of Blair's victims. Robert Fisk, who explained the impacts of Blair's crimes in the Independent newspaper, gave him the sobriquet Lord Blair of Kut al-Amara. Below, his "Lordship" revels in his handiwork - let's not forget the million or so Iraqis who died on his watch.

Blair’s Lies and Linguistic Manipulations by Robert Fisk
My Dad used to call people like Blair a ‘twerp’. But I fear he is a vicious little man


The mendacious Blair has been wheeled out yet again onto the political stage to urge the British public to remain in captivity of the European Union - perhaps he's pitching to be EU president again. After all he did such a splendid job as the EU's Middle East peace envoy - you couldn't make it up.

Blair is an outstanding example of kakistocracy - rule by the very worst in society: psychopaths who appear to be sincere and plausible but are prepared to commit acts of evil to further themselves and serve the interests of the Structural Elite.

We don't need rulers at all but particularly those of his ilk. Blair should at least be ignored and, at best, held accountable for all his crimes.

Fighting over scraps

James Corbett defines our dilemma with a striking analogy.

James likens party politics to "fighting over scraps from the rich man's table" but we can extend the analogy even further. How did the rich man become so?


The rich and powerful have persuaded us by stealth and deception that they are entitled to their wealth and power which are products of a system of exploitation of nature and humanity. The bounty of nature belongs to us all and it is our combined labour (of 7 billion people on the earth and all those who've lived before) that created the wealth in which the rich wallow.


Amnesty International lies

The Problems With the Amnesty International Report by John Wight
The release of the - at face value - damning report by Amnesty International on human rights abuses at the Saydnaya prison in Syria has caused huge controversy in the past week; but are its claims based in fact? John Wight speaks to former British Ambassador to Syria, Peter Ford.

Peter Ford had a rare opportunity to set the BBC's World Affairs Editor, John Simpson, straight when the latter demonstrated his wilful ignorance or bias, spouting lies about Putin in Syria and that Assad "had to go" on Radio 4's Today program, over a year ago.

NGOs are levers of power for the Structural Elite and are funded by governments under their control and the likes of George Soros precipitating "colour revolutions" for regime change around the world.

This is nothing new. Recently released documents confirm CIA plans to destabilise Syria when Bashar al Assad's father, Hafez, was ruling the country.

Declassified CIA Memo by Brad Hoff
A newly declassified CIA document explored multiple scenarios of Syrian regime collapse at a time when Hafez al-Assad’s government was embroiled in a covert “dirty war” with Israel and the West, and in the midst of a diplomatic crisis which marked an unprecedented level of isolation for Syria.

Of course Israel is an interested party in fomenting regime change in Syria and across the Middle East. Yet again it is trying to annexe the Golan Heights as Israeli territory which it illegally occupies.

Netanyahu asks Trump to recognise Israeli sovereignty over Golan Heights by Luke Baker
Most of the world considers the Golan, a high plateau between northeastern Israel and southwestern Syria, to be occupied by Israel, which annexed the territory in 1981 in a move not recognised internationally.

And let's not forget who, among the Structural Elite, are looking to benefit from the theft of Syria's territory and the oil underneath.

Rupert Murdoch, is a partner with Jacob Rothschild in Genii Energy which is stealing Syrian oil from the Golan Heights, courtesy of the Israel Defence Force.

One only has to join the dots to see who rules.