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29,940. The real policy of England – apart from questions which involve her own particular interests – is to be the champion of justice and right; pursuing that course with moderation and prudence, not becoming the Quixote of the world, but giving the weight of her moral sanction and support wherever she thinks that justice is, and wherever she thinks that wrong has been done. (England & Foreign Relations UK) Henry John Temple Lord Palmerston, speech House of Commons 1st March 1848
31,317. We have no eternal allies and we have no perpetual enemies. Our interests are eternal and perpetual, and those interests it is our duty to follow. Henry John Temple Lord Palmerston, speech House of Commons 1st March 1848
31,318. So also a British subject in whatever land he may be, shall feel confident that the watchful eye and the strong arm of England will protect him against injustice and wrong. Henry John Temple Lord Palmerston
31,312. Let not England forget her precedence of teaching nations how to live. John Milton, The Doctrine and Discipline of Divorce 1643
31,313. The most important political question on which modern times have to decide is the policy that must now be pursued, in order to maintain the security of Western Europe, against the overgrown power of Russia. (Foreign Relations & Foreign Relations UK) John Mitchell, Thoughts on Tactics 1838
31,314. Muddle and meddle. (Foreign Relations UK & Foreign Relations) Edward Stanley, 14th Earl of Derby, of Lord John Russell’s foreign police, speech 4th February 1864
31,315. If we believe a thing to be bad, and if we have a right to prevent it, it is our duty to prevent it and to damn the consequences. Lord Milner, speech Glasgow 26th November 1909
32,376. I believe the emperor of Germany hates me. (Edward VII & Foreign Relations UK) King Edward VII
31,316. Coffee house babble. Benjamin Disraeli, re Bulgarian atrocities 1876
31,319. Twas good for my country that I should be abroad – Anything for the good of one’s country – I’m a Roman for that. George Farquhar, The Beaux’ Stratagem
31,320. Foreign Secretary: Yes, someone must go at once to La Guardia.
Terry Thomas as civil servant: La Guardia, sir? ... Had you anyone in mind, minister?
Foreign Secretary: I suppose it’ll have to be you.
Civil servant: Oh!
Foreign Secretary: Now look, Carlton-Browne, this could be of the utmost importance. If you have any doubt at all as your ... capacity?
Civil servant: Good heavens no, sir!
Foreign Secretary: You‘ll leave at once ... Have you anything against it?
Civil Servant: Well it’ll mean I’ll miss Royal Ascot. Carlton-Browne of the F.O. aka Man in a Cocked Hat 1959 starring Terry Thomas & Peter Seller & Luciana Paluzzi & Ian Bannen & Thorley Walters & Raymond Huntley & Miles Malleson & John le Mesurier & Marie Lohr & Kynaston Reeves & Ronald Adam et al, directors Boulting brothers
31,623. February of 2001 when Blair travelled to Camp David to meet George Bush face to face for the first time. (Great Britain & England & Foreign Relations UK) The Blair Decade II
31,624. Blair was the only foreign leader at the emergency joint session of Congress. (Great Britain & England & Foreign Relations UK) ibid.
31,625. In the spring of 2002 Tony Blair was telling Britain and his Cabinet that no decision had been made to invade Iraq; secretly his aides were learning from their American counterparts about plans for a pre-emptive attack. (Great Britain & England & Foreign Relations UK & Iraq & War on Terror) ibid.
31,626. Blair’s bridge was crumbling as Chirac led fierce European opposition to war. (Great Britain & England & Foreign Relations UK & Iraq & War on Terror) ibid.
31,627. The failure to get a second UN resolution would come to define the road to war and haunt Tony Blair for the rest of his premiership. (Great Britain & England & Foreign Relations UK & Iraq & War on Terror) ibid.
31,628. He could see no way out of the long dark tunnel that was Iraq: he considered resigning. It wasn’t just Iraq that was dragging Blair down, the Gordon Brown problem was surfacing yet again. (Great Britain & England & Foreign Relations UK & Iraq & War on Terror) ibid.
32,358. The Old Country must wake up if she intends to maintain her old position of preeminence in her colonial trade against foreign competitors. (George V & Foreign Relations UK) George V, speech Guildhall 5th December 1901, cited Harold Nicolson’s King George V
32,909. One of the reasons the ruling class in this society survive is because they keep from us what they do in spite of parliamentary institutions. The ruling class have to protect themselves against democracy and that’s what this story is about.
The Scott inquiry is the most important public inquiry ever held in the history of British politics for this reason.
It was set up in a tremendous panic. The government had their backs to the wall, and in order to convince people that it wasn’t just another whitewash they insisted all the old rules about previous inquiries would be dispensed with. (Iraq & Great Britain & England & Inquiry & Foreign Relations UK) Paul Foot, What Have They Got to Hide?
32,910. So now we are at war, apparently, to root out the horror of New York. I would define that horror as reckless bombing without warning which leads to the mass murder of innocent people. As a result, every night on the television there are the familiar pictures of explosions in the night air, superannuated generals discussing tactics, endless talk about precision bombing, targeted terrorists, humanitarian missions, international law. And already we can see what it all means – reckless bombing without warning which leads to the mass murder of innocent people. (Iraq & Foreign Relations UK & Empire UK & War on Terror) Paul Foot, Stop the War: The Truth Machine
32,913. There was a great deal of publicity and empathy last week for the four tourists, two of them Britons, murdered in Yemen. There has been nothing for the 68 Iraqi civilians murdered by the American and British governments shortly before Christmas.
The parallels between the two attacks are striking. Both were premeditated lawless acts for political ends, and they are connected. It is likely the Britons died as a direct consequence of their own government's criminal actions in Iraq.
This, and the real danger of revenge attacks, was clearly not a consideration when the bellicose figure of Tony Blair rose in parliament to play Palmerston, and George Robertson pleaded the case for state murder, then disclaimed it in the letters columns of the Guardian. ‘We believe,’ he wrote, ‘that none of the munitions that missed [their targets] hit civilian targets.’ Note that the word he chooses is believe, not know or can verify.
Consider this Defence Secretary. Shortly after the election, Robertson proposed a military experience for new Labour MPs who, he said, should spend at least 21 days ‘getting to know’ life with the troops. He described the head of Indonesia's murderous special forces, a kind of Waffen-SS responsible for genocide in East Timor, as ‘an enlightened officer, keen [on] human rights’. He further distinguished himself by making clear his government was prepared to use ‘tactical’ nuclear weapons against Iraq.