I think that it is a travesty and a great betrayal by Great Britain, especially considering the loyalty they showed in the past. Loyalty needs to go both up and down the chain and in this instance Great Britain failed to reciprocate. I don't know enough about what the British force dispositions and what their needs were in that time period to say whether or not their abandonment was justified in a realpolitik sort of way, but I do know that in the end it worked.
How close did the Japanese get to an invasion of Australia?
edit on 4-5-2012 by Mkoll because: (no reason given)