The concerted effort to blame Russia for the downing of MH17 ahead of an investigation includes labeling the country as a sponsor of terrorism.
Britain’s Defense Secretary Michael Fallon is leading the charge. On Saturday he accused Russia of “sponsoring terrorism” and told Vladimir Putin to “get out of Ukraine.”
“We have to make it very clear if there is any more interference like this – and it turns out he was behind it – there will be repercussions. He has to be clear the West will act,” Fallon said.
“If Russia is the principal culprit, we can take further action against them and make it clear this kind of sponsored war is completely unacceptable. It is sponsored terrorism as far as people of East Ukraine are concerned. We don’t know if somebody said ‘let’s bring down a civil airliner, wherever it’s from,’ – but we need to find out.”
Asked about his war rhetoric and that of British Prime Minister David Cameron, Fallon told The Mail on Sunday “I don’t think we are at the start of World War Three, but NATO has to respond. It is clearly a threat to NATO’s Eastern flank and that’s why we must offer as much reassurance as we can, particularly to the Baltic States – that is why we have had four (RAF) Typhoons there since May.”
British Record On State Sponsored Terror
Britain has long acted as a sponsor of terrorism. It also harbors international terrorists. A number of nations – including France, Germany, Turkey and Russia – have accused the British government of sheltering terrorists.
Even the United States, itself a sponsor of international terror, has accused Britain of sponsoring and protecting terrorists.
“Britain is now an international center for Islamic militancy on a huge scale… and the capital is the home to a bewildering variety of radical Islamic fundamentalist movements, many of which make no secret of their commitment to violence and terrorism to achieve their goals,” the Daily Telegraph reported on November 20, 1999 after the U.S. State Department updated list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations.
In June we reported on the role Britain has played in creating terrorists.
Abu Qatada, Abu Hamza al-Masri, Bisher al-Rawi, Haroon Rashid Aswat and other Islamic terrorists worked with British intelligence. The Finesbury Park mosque in London, where al-Masri acted as imam, drew a number of suspected terrorists, including alleged 9/11 hijackers Mohammed Sidique Khan and Shehzad Tanweer. The mosque, described as “a first port of call” and a haven for terror suspects arriving and operating in the UK, also attracted the shoe bomber Richard Reid and 9/11 figure Zacarias Moussaoui.
During the Troubles in Ireland the British Security Services planned to blow up Sinn Fein’s Dublin headquarters. Britain also had prior knowledge of numerous IRA bombings in London, most notably the 1993 Bishopsgate bombing, in which an IRA truck bomb exploded in the Bishopsgate area of London’s financial district.
In the early 1970s the British formed the Military Reaction force. It conducted drive-by shootings in Ireland and acted “as a terror group,” a former soldier with the unit told the Belfast Telegraph last year.
Britain used brutal state violence – including the doctrine of terra nullius, or genocide – in its centuries-long rule over its dominions, colonies, protectorates, mandates and “overseas possessions.”
From the Plantations of Ireland to organizing the slave trade and subjugating millions in Africa and the Middle East, the British Empire maintained one of the most violent imperialist operations in history.
“I do not understand this squeamishness about the use of gas,” Winston Churchill wrote in a War Department minute in 1919 as Britain conquered what is now Iraq. “I am strongly in favor of using poisoned gas against uncivilized tribes.”
Historians agree the expansion and maintenance of the British Empire – where it was said the sun never set – is directly responsible for many of the problems in the world today.
“Many of the present conflicts in the world take place in the former colonial territories that Britain abandoned, exhausted and impoverished, in the years after the second world war,” writes Richard Gott. “This disastrous imperial legacy is still highly visible, and it is one of the reasons why the British empire continues to provoke such harsh debate. If Britain made such a success of its colonies, why are so many in an unholy mess half a century later, major sources of violence and unrest?”
Michael Fallon can make his comment about Russia and terrorism because much of the organized terror and brutality that maintained the British Empire is largely forgotten. Britain’s track record on terror in the latter part of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st is under reported and rarely if ever taken into context as apparatchiks of the state like Mr. Fallon pave the way toward World War III.