Originally posted by crazyewok
Even if the Public opinion was to hand the country over to the USSR? If they had we would have been dragged down with them when the fell not to
mention the human rights abuses it would have entailed.
First of all, there was never any real threat of that happening, so the point is moot. But if it was the will of the people, enough to get it voted
through, then yes! What right have you to say otherwise?
Was it right to let the German public choose Hitler? Was it right to let the Russian public continue to support Stalin? If the German or Russian
Millitary have decided no we would not have had world war 2 and some of the worst atrocitys in History.
It was right to let them choose thier leadership, but it would have been wrong to allow the Nazis to attack and take over Europe unchecked, and it
would have been wrong not to prevent them installing a xenophobic dictatorship across the entire planet, which was the logical conclusion of thier
strategy at the time. A people being free to decide what happens within thier own nation is one thing, but that cuts both ways. With that right to
decide, comes (cliche maybe, but it is true) a responsibility to suffer the consequences of that choice. They allowed thier government to annexe a
major portion of the planet, and got butchered for it, and rightly so.
Freedom to choose is good. Unless emotions get the better of the public and they try and drag the country into extremes be it fasicm, full on
communism or some other evil direction.
There are ways that communism could work, provided there were no people with more power than anyone else. Its only human foolishness and greed that
allows the entire idea to crumble. A fascism however is never limited to its own borders, promotes violence, and cannot be installed without the
abuses of human rights that have been seen before in such political climates. Communism does not strictly require gulags, totalitarianism or indeed
any other negative. That is, however, how it always turns out, usually because people allow it to happen, rather than taking power for the majority
and forcing those who desire power over thier fellow man out of the way.
Now I dont think Mountbatten and those who made up what was hopefully going to be a transitional goverment while new candiates were formed and new
electrion taken place were much better than the sad lot we have now. But if push came to shove its far better than if the Goverment had gone full
communist and handed the Country over to the warsaw pact.
For clarification, I would not want that to have happened either. However, there was never any real danger of that in any case. Also, there is no such
political status as "full communist". There is communist, and other statuses which are not communist. Also, your new candidates would have been
selected by an organisation who were usurping the rule of the people, by the people, which still leaves any resultant government in a God awful state
of illegitimacy, and would lead to further civil unrest by its very existence.
Luckly the Goverment didnt go full Commie and the army didnt have to come in. The fact they didnt showed that it was a heavly descions and something
that really was a last resort.
If the government had gone commie, the army would have had no bloody place to comment, as covered before.
Now suprisingly Im a socailist at heart but even I would not have wanted full blown commuinism in the UK just because people at the time were being
lead by emotion and desperation.
Think of it this way. What if 10 years for now the BNP get into power and start going full Hitler on us? Should the army and security foces remove
them? Or should they just let it all happen as we picked them?
If the BNP gain power, then this will not be Great Britain any more, and the correct response will be to either leave, or join a CITIZENS revolt
against the rot, not a military one, and not an intelligence community effort, but a purely citizen effort against Nazism.
At the end of the day it a extremy difficult decision one that should not be taken lightly. And im glad things did not get to a point were it did
edit on 27-6-2013 by crazyewok because: (no reason given)
I am also glad that the military did not make the foolish error of attempting to force a set of political circumstances on the people, because that
would have lead to thier getting gutted in the streets by raving mobs, far larger than their ammunition capacity would allow for.
Nothing piddles on the parade of the free, like uniforms attempting to lay down the law.
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