Translated by Ollie Richardson
If you look at the world map a century ago, and then compare it to the modern map, it is simple to notice one feature. A hundred years ago half of our planet was covered with colonies, and more than a half of them were British. During this period it was possible to travel from the North to the South of Africa, from Cairo to Cape Town by land, without leaving the territory of the British Empire. And in the same way, it was possible to cross all of Asia from the West to the East across the territories of the British colonies and the countries dependent on Britain. Such was the 19th-beginning of the 20th century.
Today the picture is different. Colonial possessions became independent countries. Officially the British Empire doesn’t exist any more. As is written in modern western history textbooks, Great Britain “voluntary gave independence to the former colonies”. Only it is unclear how London, remaining the banking center of the world, could refuse its main source of profit — colonies?
The structure of the British Empire had an unusual character. First of all, its influence relied not only and not so much on military force, but also on the influence of financial capital. For this reason, despite the enormous number of colonial possessions, many colonies formally remained “independent States”. The British didn’t set as an objective to establish direct control over them. For them it was much more important to impose their economic policy on other countries. In some places it was done by means of bribing the elite. In other places – by means of military force. When the economy of other States found itself under their control, they immediately imposed their policy on them.
As a result, no matter how huge the “official” British Empire was, the “unofficial” one, which included the countries politically and financially dependent on Great Britain, was even more. It included the Ottoman Empire, China, Spain, the Russian Empire (during Alexander I and Alexander II). In the middle of the 19th century the English capital completely controlled the market of the North American United States, which at that time didn’t have its own industry.
In the second half of the 20th century the “official” British Empire was liquidated. The “informal” one not only didn’t disappear, but also expanded. Now it included both the former colonies and some countries that never belonged to the British.
Also, the world financial oligarchy created by the British geographically expanded. Today its area is located not only in Great Britain, but also in the US.
How to control a huge empire remained a problem.
However, the Anglo-Saxons found a way out. They learned to quickly change their policy depending on the environment. And at the same time the principle “divide and conquer” began to be used even more actively.
For the first time it was used on a substantial scale to conquer one of the richest regions of the world — the peninsula of Hindustan. In the 18th century practically all the territory of modern India, Pakistan, Bangladesh was a part of the united Mughal empire. The population living here was considered as one nation.
However, the British found a weak link in the Mughal empire — for the sake of their parochial interests a part of the elite was ready to resort to any betrayal. Using this factor, by means of bribery and blackmail, the British could in practice realize the principle “divide and conquer” and split the united country into 300 small principalities.
And to secure this split, they decided to destroy the main link binding the Indian economy. It was the powerful irrigational system that united all the farms of India in a single economic system. The fact that it automatically led to famine didn’t disturb the British at all. Moreover, they used it to their advantage. Famine turned a part of the hardworking people of a once prosperous country into a starving and destitute rabble. Now it could be manipulated easily, creating hostility inside.
Having carried out this plan, the world oligarchy could uncontrolledly exploit the national wealth of India, fantastically becoming enriched at the same time.
A similar practice was used by the British everywhere. Moreover, leaving for the next colony, the British provoked conflicts among people with a united religion and history. In the case of India, Kashmir became such an example. This area was split into three parts and became the reason for the standoff that smouldered for 70 years between Delhi, Beijing, and Islamabad.
Today the Indian scenario (the use of the principle “divide and conquer”) was exactly realized in the center of Europe.
The split of a once united country, one people torn apart. Now they try to provoke hostilities between Russians and Ukrainians. Like in India one and a half centuries ago, the policy of artificial impoverishment of the population is used, in order to manipulate them and create hostility. The people who were glorified as “the most hardworking earlier”, were today turned into a biomass — a bunch of humiliated “second-class creatures”.
The only difference is that in India, the destruction of the united Mughal empire was achieved by the destruction of the irrigational system, and in Ukraine – exploiting the human factor. Historically the strength of the Ukrainian economy was provided by the mass involvement of experts from Russia.
This tendency became especially characteristic after the Great Patriotic War, when it was necessary to rebuild the Republic destroyed by war. The USSR needed an inflow of professionals — managers, engineers, teachers, etc. Such personnel remained in the territory of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic unaffected by war. For this reason Moscow in large quantities supervised the inhabitants of the Volga region, the Urals, Siberia, the Far East on the restoration and development of the economy of the sister Republic.
When the Soviet Union was liquidated, this huge role of representatives of Russia in the revival of Ukraine was quickly “forgotten”. And today the Russians are also made into outcasts and enemies.
But if they are removed, there won’t only be no Ukrainian economy. There will also be no Ukraine.
Destroy and conquer?
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