My father told me that when he was young several of his friends went to fight in the Spanish Civil War (1936 -1939) and that some of them never came back. They weren’t the only ones, there were about 40,000 people in the International Brigades with about 4,000 from the UK. George Orwell and Laurie Lee fought there. The returnees were met at Victoria Station by Stafford Cripps and Clement Attlee. These were the days before the government thought that it owned your body and mind so nobody thought it was anyone else’s business if a person went abroad to fight.
The French Foreign Legion was founded in 1831 and has always had British fighters, though our endemic national obesity and unfitness is reducing numbers in recent times. They have fought a lot in colonial wars, the two world wars and all the modern interventionist wars. And our political classes don’t give a damn.
Since the foundation of Israel Jews from Britain have gone and fought in its immoral army. Enforcing apartheid, ethnically cleansing Palestinians and engaging in terrorism against Israel’s neighbours. Once again the politicians don’t care.
British Mercenaries have always fought, all over the world, for anyone who will pay them. They played a major role in recent years in suppressing Somali piracy and have worked in Iraq and Afghanistan. There are mercenary companies, such as Control Risks (2,000? employees) and Aegis Defence Services, based in London to organise this. And our politicians aren’t bothered.
In the Middle East just now Sunnis are trying to create a new Salafist state (much like Saudi Arabia, our ally) and are carving it out by taking land from the post Ottoman Sykes Picot countries. Just like the USA took their land from the native Americans and Israel took their land from the Palestinians. They are calling it the Islamic State (formerly ISIS or ISIL) and fighters from around the world are joining the cause, much like the Spanish Civil war. Hundreds have gone from Great Britain and for some unbelievable reason the British Government has made this a criminal offence and our security services are giving them maximum harassment.
So it is OK for British people to go and fight for anyone they want anywhere in the world, so long as it is not our Muslims who go. A law that is as highly prejudiced as you can get. It is even OK to go and fight in the Middle East as long as it is against Islamic State, with Brits now fighting for the Kurds. The hypocrisy and double standards are amazing.
Some may say that we are engaging in this stupidity because the Islamic State killed hostages. But they only started doing this after we started bombing them. (James Wright Foley, 19 August 2014, bombing started 8 August 2014).
Our Government is utterly and totally out of order. Our bodies and our minds belong to us, not to them. We should have our fundamental rights and freedoms, but these have been progressively stolen from us. If any British person wants to go and fight abroad that should be their business and their business alone, unless they act against Great Britain or one of our treaty partners (EU, NATO).
I really am amazed that all our civil rights activists are not up in arms against the Government over the Islamic State fighters issue. Perhaps they too are also prejudiced against Muslims. Everyone in Britain should be worried about this, because what the Government can get away with doing to the Muslims today it can get away with doing to the rest of us later. Any removal of anyone’s rights is something that should have us very worried.