The ugly legacy of the British empire

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    "What links the suspected murder of China-based British businessman, Neil Heywood, with the part-publication of long-hidden colonial files from the last decade of the British empire? Why, Foreign Office and M16 secrecy, of course. Throw in Wednesday morning's news that Jack Straw is being sued by a Libyan over his alleged role in extraordinary rendition and the link is irresistible."

    Colonial papers and the ugly legacy of empire | Michael White | UK news | guardian.co.uk

    "Thousands of documents detailing some of the most shameful acts and crimes committed during the final years of the British empire were systematically destroyed to prevent them falling into the hands of post-independence governments, an official review has concluded."

    Britain destroyed records of colonial crimes | UK news | The Guardian
     
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    The entire world owes Britian a HUGE debt because of the civilization they spread among their colonies.
     
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    And they built the railways :eusa_shifty:
     
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    I'll second that.
     
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    Let me translate that."Inbred whitey thinks brown people suck"
     
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    There are many legacies of the British Empire, some are appealing and some not.

    The greatest legacy extant is the fact that English is the dominant language of the world.

    As to the Anglos bringing "civilization" to most of the world?

    :lol:
     
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    The British ended the barbaric practices in India where widows were required to committ Suttess and burn themselves alive. They slaughtered the Thuggees and stopped their predations on innocent villagers. The British were the first to protect the antiquities of Egypt. The first to abolish slavery and didn't need a civil war to do so.

    Much of what the British did (and the Dutch Boers too) in the more barbaric counties like those in Africa has been lost and reverted to barbarism.
     
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    Don't you consider that forcing views / policies / culture on another country and then expecting gratitude is perhaps a bit presumptuous? Or high handed? Or arrogant?

    I don't think the world can be said to owe Britain anything. Among many countries, the legacy of colonialism is one of mistrust, antagonism and resentment, in some cases for good reason.

    As always, with power comes the potential for abuse of power. There is little doubt that in many cases the power was abused. Anger about policies that are considered damaging will always last longer than gratitude for those that are thought to have brought positive change.
     
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    At least the British built something.
     
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    Sorry it is to challenging for you to think outside of some easy slogans.
     

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