Cleaning up the act: colonies (17/09/22 13:04:24)
OT, but not OT
Already South Africa and India have voiced an interest in getting back their flagship diamonds - the Koh-i-Noor
(quite a story)
and the largest part of the Cullinan diamond, the Star of Africa.
There are lies, large-scale theft, and massive violence.
But I would split the English empire in two qualitatively different parts: the internal empire and the external empire. The internal parts I'd say are Scotland, Wales and Ireland. The external ones are the overseas territories. England has a lot to answer for with regard to the internal empire - mostly, I believe, regarding Ireland. In the external empire looting was no new invention. But the concentration camp was an invention from the Boer war at the beginning of the 20th century.
"The British also confined Boer families and black Africans in a network of concentration camps. As well as removing a means of support for the guerrillas, it was believed the presence of Boer families in the camps would make soldiers in the field surrender.
Accommodation in the camps was poor. Water and food were in short supply, and medical and sanitary facilities almost non-existent. Sickness became widespread. In all, 28,000 Boers, mainly women and children, died in the camps. Around half that number of black Africans died in separate camps."
Then and now such cruelty may easily backfire, once the facts are revealed.
So there a case for critical reviews of the English colony policies, and a case for official repentance. The money? It seems that most of the loot ended as private property for the now rich - and public property for England. Not much loot left for the common englishwoman or -man. So they, too, may be part of the internal empire, looted by the powers that be.
Then - finally - to Russia. Their empire is and has always been internal. Colonialism. Looting of the periphery for the benefit of Moskva and Petersburg. So Russia has been under the radar because they have had no overseas colonies to speak of (Cuba? - I think one might discuss who looted whom in the days of the soviet union.)
When will Putin pay a fair price for all the gold looted from Kolyma during Stalin?
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