Tony Blair is not learning his lesson
By Ibrahim Ebeid
The democracy and freedom that President Bush and his colleague Tony Blair are exporting to the Arab nation means servitude to the Anglo-Saxon-Zionist Imperialism. This servitude was accepted by the Arab rulers in order to maintain themselves in power and to protect themselves from the rage and anger of the people who have chosen the freedom and democracy through the struggle on the road of unity of the homeland.
The British Imperialists at the beginning of last century were looking for cheaper and cleaner energy to run their vast fleets. Coal was very laborious to extract and more space required storing on the ships. Winston Churchill soon after he became First Lord of the Admiralty in 1911, declared oil to be of paramount importance for the supremacy of the Imperial Navy.
During the Great War, Sir Maurice Hankey, secretary of the War Cabinet, advised Foreign Secretary Arthur Belfour in writing that control of the Persian and Mesopotamian oil was a "first-class British war aim." The British were very quick to turn their attention to Iraq because oil was discovered in abundance. To control the oil they resorted to occupy Iraq after ripping the Arab Homeland apart and Iraq was put under British Mandate.
Gen. F.S. Maude, commander of British forces in Iraq in 1917 described the Imperialist army as liberators. He had the nerve to say to the Iraqi people "Our armies do not come into your cities and lands as conquerors or enemies, but as liberators. Your wealth has been stripped of you by unjust men ...The people of Baghdad shall flourish under institutions which are in consonance with their sacred laws...The Arab race may rise once more to greatness!" But soon enough after these lies Iraq was merged into a blood bath and about 10,000 people were killed in 1920 by the invaders.
Iraq was occupied and the invaders stripped its wealth, poverty and destitution became the lot of the masses. The British were not welcomed with flowers and roses as liberators but with bullets ad guns as invaders and occupiers.
Unfortunately, the Prime Minister of Britain did not learn the lesson. 83 years later, he repeated the same mistake that his ancestors did. The Prime Minister has said that the campaign in Iraq will be carried out to minimize the suffering of its people and to safeguard the wealth of the country for their future prosperity. But alas, this time he took part in the invasion in support of his colleague George W. Bush. The main reason behind this invasion was not for the weapons of mass destruction or for freedom and democracy but for oil and "Israel". The Iraqis are being stripped from their wealth, their oilfields are in ruin, the whole economy is destroyed and the people of Iraq are living in poverty that they never experienced before.
Mr. Blair and President Bush are not benefitting from the previous mistakes of the 1920. They have put their countries in a deep sticky hole. Their armies are stuck there and became a target for the growing National Resistance. The Iraqis are looking at them as occupiers, invaders and robbers.