The troubles in the Middle East can be traced back to the fall of the Ottoman Empire. Under the Caliphate, Turks, Kurds, Armenians, Arabs, and Jews were all subjects of the Sultan. Equality was guaranteed in return for loyalty, but any revolt against the empire, such as the Armenian rebellion, was put down with extreme violence.
The war in Ukraine results from the demise of the Soviet Union but its roots go much deeper. Before the First World War, Ukraine was divided between the Austo-Hungarian Empire and the Russian Empire. The Soviet Socialist Republic of Ukraine was founded by Vladimir Lenin during the Russian Civil War.
India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Myanmar were all part of the British Empire. Today, Kashmir is disputed between India and Pakistan, the persecuted Rohingya people of Myanmar are fleeing to Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka is recovering from bitter fighting between Sinhalese and Tamils. All these nations were ruthlessly kept in check under the Britsh Raj. The Indian Mutiny of 1857 cost the lives of 6,000 Britons and 800,000 Indians.
Empires were harsh masters but they provided centuries of stability. Since they were broken up their constituent nations have fallen prey to nationalism, racism, and bigotry. New empires are emerging in the form of the European Union, the Russian Federation, China, India. and the United States. If they can agree on their respective spheres of influence we could have world peace, but if one empire wants to dominate the rest it could lead to war: nuclear war.
With good will, political, racial, and religious differencies can be overcome. The real problem is America's addiction to 'exceptionalism', the belief that they should run the world. If that can be controlled humanity might have a chance.
I have recently fallen foul of 'Community Standards' on three different social media platforms. I thought that a hostile blog inspector was reading my posts, but I am told that an algorythm is to blame. I am being monitored by mathematical methods.
There has been an increase in censorship of late, and the government is planning even stricter rules. Former prime minister Gordon Brown's dictum: "British Jobs for British Workers," will almost certainly become illegal, and so will "Britain for the British." Anyone advocating an end to non-European immigration is liable to be arrested, charged with 'hate crime', and confined to a prison dominated by violent aliens.
I have always maintained that we can express our opinions without breaking the law, just by being careful, but it's getting harder. Any mention of the high crime rate in 'enriched' areas is likely to aggravate the algorythm, and any enquiry into the Holocaust is met with screams of 'antisemitism.'
This savage censorship goes against the tide of liberalism. Things that used to be unspoken are now disgussed, but race and nation are practically tabboo subjects. Even old films shown on the Talking Pictures TV channel carry a warning if they are thought to contain racist or offensive language.
The war in Ukraine has prompted the government to ban Russian Television. We are not allowed to hear the other side of the argument. According to mainstream media, President Putin is mad, old, dictatorial and warlike, but President Zelinsky (pictured) is young, handsome, courageous, and peaceful. Isn't democracy wonderful?
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