…’winnie’ churchill fought for freedom…

…of British self-ordained supremacy and the grateful obedience of its colonies…

That the carpet floats seems magical, and its not Arabian but Britishwould prompt even the incurious to peer under the thing. And out emerge clouds of dirt, among which, Athens 1944: Britain’s dirty secret. A youth protesting then would later observe,

“I was,” he says now, “profoundly sure, that we would win.” But there was no winning that day; just as there was no pretending that what had happened would not change the history of a country that, liberated from Adolf Hitler’s Reich barely six weeks earlier, was now surging headlong towards bloody civil war.


Even now, at 86, when Patríkios “laughs at and with myself that I have reached such an age”, the poet can remember, scene-for-scene, shot for shot, what happened in the central square of Greek political life on the morning of 3 December 1944.

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And therein commences a tale, a tragic tale that would expose the murderous ruthlessness of colonial and imperial powers that fear for their continuity.

Lest we think that this, ‘We will fight them on the…’ or whatever Fighter for World Freedom had committed some slight misjudgment, we have from another British publication, the Independent, of a few years back, Not his finest hour: The dark side of Winston Churchill. From it a teaser,

George W Bush left a bust of Churchill near his desk in the White House, in an attempt to associate himself with the war leader’s heroic stand against fascism. Barack Obama had it returned to Britain. It’s not hard to guess why: his Kenyan grandfather, Hussein Onyango Obama, was imprisoned without trial for two years and was tortured on Churchill’s watch, for resisting Churchill’s empire.

The more conservative newspaper would address the same India ‘matter’ (from the release of a book), Winston Churchill blamed for 1m deaths in India famine

In her [Madhusree Mukerjee] book, Churchill’s Secret War, she cites ministry records and personal papers which reveal ships carrying cereals from Australia were bypassed India on their way to the Mediterranean where supplies were already abundant.

“It wasn’t a question of Churchill being inept: sending relief to Bengal was raised repeatedly and he and his close associates thwarted every effort,” the author said.

And lest we think that even that is another one-off, we hearken back to the outcome of the Sykes-Picot thing – again, The Guardian, with Jonathan Glancey’s (during that year of the US’ Shock and Awe), Our last occupation.

Churchill was particularly keen on chemical weapons, suggesting they be used “against recalcitrant Arabs as an experiment”. He dismissed objections as “unreasonable”. “I am strongly in favour of using poisoned gas against uncivilised tribes _ [to] spread a lively terror _” In today’s terms, “the Arab” needed to be shocked and awed. A good gassing might well do the job.

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…so much for ‘you must remember that was then, another time’ drivel – not to mention what US journalism is not…