Tuesday, February 15, 2005

The British Army and the Curses of Imperialism

Okay, two articles in the Guardian caught my eye. The first was called, Army tortured Mau Mau rebels in the 1950s. A number of documents were just de-classified and released under the Freedom of Information Act, which reveal that the British were using torture, beatings and extra-judicial killings to defeat the Mau Mau uprising in Kenya in the 1950s,
It was alleged at a court martial of a British officer that some military units had kept scoreboards of their kills, offered financial rewards for shooting suspects, and created a inter-unit competition.
The second article was titled, Soldiers filmed group sex in barracks and concerned more recent shenanigans,
The British army today launched an internal inquiry into reports that five soldiers filmed themselves having group sex with a woman during a party at their barracks.

The "internal inquiries" in the past have proven to be farcical at best, and at worst, criminal. There is an invisible line that runs from the unpunished and unreported atrocities of the 1950s, through the more recent torture and sex scandals facing British soldiers, to the sex film in the barracks. If we have to hear, "...a few bad apples," one more time... These are not bad apples, these are the natural curses of imperialism.

1 comment:

Dark Ledge said...

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