By Michael Freund
Even as its armed forces are valiantly prosecuting the war on terror overseas,
In a baffling turn of events, the government of Prime Minister Gordon Brown has quietly begun turning up the political heat on
On November 3, the UK Independent newspaper reported that
In a circular distributed to all 27 EU member states, the British Foreign Office grumbled that "there has been an acceleration in settlement construction," and it urged Europe "to look at how
Israeli officials are said to be concerned that this may be the first step in a British campaign to bring about a total boycott of Jewish goods from Judea and
And so, while Palestinian terrorists in
This latest British intrusion into
Well, if the Brits want to have an open and frank discussion about "occupied territories," I say bring it on. A good place to start would be with
Indeed, from Europe to South America to the Middle East to the South Pole, there is hardly a corner of the world in which
The most famous of these, of course, are the Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic, which are claimed by
This prompted Argentine Foreign Minister Jorge Taina to call a press conference at which he denounced the British for attempting to perpetuate "an anachronistic colonial situation."
And they call us stubborn occupiers?
Half way around the world lies another fine example of British hypocrisy - the Chagos Archipelago, which
And though the Chagossians, as they are known, have repeatedly won court cases against the British government demanding their "right of return," the Brits will have none of it, and have largely left the islands' former residents to fend for themselves in exile.
As prominent British columnist Matthew Parris put it in the Times of London last week: "The saga is a stinking disgrace, a slur on
Thousands of miles to the south, even the polar icecaps of Antarctica have not escaped
But the fact that it is stepping on other nations' toes, and ignoring their rightful claims, does not seem to trouble
Back here in the Middle East, our neighbors in
While we are on the subject of British colonialism, need we mention the
Put in perspective, it is clear that all of
By contrast, Judea and
The same can hardly be said for
As Winston Churchill once famously pointed out: "The English never draw a line without blurring it."
And nowhere is that line presently more blurred than when it comes to
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