Britain Must Slay the Dragon and Embrace the Multipolar Reality September 4, 2016 Op-ed By Ollie Richardson Britain’s post-WW2 epoch has been enshrouded in darkness. It is now time to slay the dragon and begin the reorientation process before it’s too late… “The hearts of the free world are with you” – the words uttered to the Mujahideen by Margaret Thatcher during her trip to Pakistan in 1981. Coincidentally, Zbigniew Brzezinski visited the same Jihadists 2 years prior, in 1979, and said: “Your cause is right and God is on your side!” This was during the era of Anglo-saxon gunboat diplomacy, where Argentina fell prey to the neo-liberal Eurobonds scam. But it wasn’t just foreign lands that the UK was determined to reduce to rubble. The 80’s in the UK, known as “Thatcher’s Britain”, was littered with images of relative poverty and mass unemployment – coal mines were closed, jobs were outsourced abroad, and everything that could be privatised, was so. More people were leaving the UK and more foreigners were entering, fewer people were getting married, there was a permanent recession with inflation sinking to 3%, manufacturing was on the decline, public spending plummeted, the pay gap deteriorated, house prices and interest rates rocketed, and membership of Unions nose-dived. Whilst the UK was aiding and abetting the US’ funding, training, arming, and instructing of the Mujahideen in Afghanistan, the ordinary working citizen was left with only bread crumbs in their pocket. During Operation Cyclone, the US spent $20 billion on Osama bin Laden et al, and Thatcher was more than willing to chip in with some sterling for the “cause”. However, the parallel riots that were going on in England were not due to the government’s foreign policy, but because of the fire sale of state assets – telephone lines, electricity, power plants, train tracks etc, all sold to the highest foreign bidder. Fast forward to the tenure of David Cameron, skipping the terrible years of New Labour (the same dog, just a different trick), and Britain once again was being throughly dismantled by the Conservative party. This time it was the auctioning of the National Health Service, the piece-by-piece selling of the postal service, and the tolerance for zero hours contracts that would culminate in the 2011 London riots. David Cameron, like Thatcher, also sent tax payers’ money to terrorists groups in the Middle East with the aim of partitioning Syria and severing any Soviet ties to the region. But for Cameron, the result would not be the same, as, due to the US empire slowly but surely crumbling to the ground, Britain could only helplessly watch through its fingers the Russians restore the meaning of International Law and lay down the foundations of multipolarity. Britain found itself alone…with nobody to turn to, as its out-of-control offspring suffocated from its own toxicity. What was once the Three Pillars of the Kingdom – banking, control of the seas, domination of raw materials – became something whose traces only existed in a museum. In an attempt to delay this steep descent into global obscurity, Cameron tried to sell London real estate to the Gulf, resulting in the Qatari construction of 310 metre “Shard”. This post-modern monstrosity depicts rather well the impaling of Britain’s “identity” with a Salafist sword – another out-of-control offspring, incidentally. With its back against the wall, the old school neo-liberal ideology that has dominated the UK for over 50 years finds itself withering with age, unable to adapt and reshape in order to align itself with the new era of western politics spearheaded by Donald Trump and Marine Le Pen. Recognising Crimea as Russian? Halting funding for the Ukrainian Army? Making Israel “pay its own way?” Wanting cooperation with China? Ending the era of foreign incursions? For the current flock grazing in both Westminster and on the streets, these decisions are simply paradigm-breaking. With this in mind, Britain’s sudden moves towards the Chinese Yuan are not a coincidence. The majority of infrastructure development, especially in the north of the country, has relied on EU funding, and now that Britain is making moves to invoke Article 50 and leave the EU, substitute funding needs to be in place to carry the burden of a nation £1 trillion+ in debt. With the US focusing on internal issues, and Russia securing the Middle East, the UK must stand on its own two feet and make efforts to slot itself into the new merging world order. It has been especially noted as of late the lack of “Assad must go”, “Russian aggression”, “Repressive China” rhetoric from the lips of MP’s in Westminster. Perhaps the turning point was the moment Russia placed the S-400 surface-to-air missile defence system in Northern Syria – a move that essentially reverted the US’ military equipment back to the stone age. Perhaps it was the human rights violations by volunteer battalions in Ukraine that caused the liberal island to consider “what it has done”. Or was it the coverage of Saudi Arabia’s genocide in Yemen? In any case, Britain simply has no choice – it must sink or swim; become a second-world immigrant island, or become a bastion of multipolarity – the gateway from Eurasia to the Atlantic. It must stop living in the memory of defying the Luftwaffer and preparing nuclear bunkers for a cold war crisis. Kicking or screaming, Great Britain must shed its weathered skin and look at itself in the mirror. Can it accept what it sees? A reflection of Sykes Picot, or the ghost of Muammar Gaddafi? In the case of the latter, he would look at Saint George right in the eye and say: “Nations whose nationalism is destroyed are subject to ruin.” Copyright © 2016. All Rights Reserved.