posted on Oct, 26 2004 @ 09:53 AM
A very interesting piece it draws paralells between Iraq now and Kenya in the 1950s.
British soldiers were paied 5 shilling per Kenyan they killed and this was after WW2 where we were supposed to have dealt with attitudes like that.
Seems not eh?
Never theless we are now in iraq trying to put down a popular uprising by some funny looking brown people, just like we are doing in iraq... exept now
it no longer "our" empire... its the US.
Edit: a little extract from the article by Mark Curtis in the Guardian Tuesday October 26, 2004:
British ministers' claim to be defending civilisation against barbarity in Iraq finds a powerful echo in 1950s Kenya, when Britain sought to smash an
uprising against colonial rule. Yet, while the British media and political class expressed horror at the tactics of the Mau Mau, the worst abuses were
committed by the occupiers. The colonial police used methods like slicing off ears, flogging until death and pouring paraffin over suspects who were
then set alight.
British forces killed around 10,000 Kenyans during the Mau Mau campaign, compared with the 600 deaths among the colonial forces and European
civilians. Some British battalions kept scoreboards recording kills, and gave £5 rewards for the first sub-unit to kill an insurgent, whose hands were
often chopped off to make fingerprinting easier. "Free fire zones" were set up, where any African could be shot on sight.
As opposition to British rule intensified, brutal "resettlement" operations, which led to the deaths of tens of thousands, forced around 90,000 into
detention camps. In this 1950s version of Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, forced labour and beatings were systematic and disease rampant. Former camp
officers described "short rations, overwork, brutality and flogging" and "Japanese methods of torture".
[edit on 26/10/2004 by Corinthas]