British Troops Enter Syria and Libya to Ensure That War Outlives ISIS

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The Normandy landings, launched 72 years ago this week, saw the opening of a second front against the Nazis in Europe by the US and the UK after years of procrastination. Despite the signing of a ‘mutual assistance’ agreement with Britain in 1941, and the Anglo-Soviet alliance in 1942, for years very little was done by the US or Britain to actually fight the Nazi menace. In a joint communique issued in 1942, they agreed to open a second front in Europe that same year, an agreement they broke and then postponed repeatedly, leaving the Soviets to fight the strongest industrial power in Western Europe alone for three years – at an eventual cost of 27 million lives.

The US and Britain, it seemed, were following what International Relations theorist John Mearsheimer has termed a ‘bait and bleed’ policy, allowing Germany and the Soviet Union to “bleed each other white” whilst they themselves stood on the sidelines. “If we see Germany winning, we ought to help Russia,” declared US Senator (and later President) Harry Truman in June 1941, “and if Russia is winning we ought to help Germany, and in that way let them kill as many as possible.” The British Minister for Aircraft Production Colonel Moore-Brabazon echoed his views the following month, telling a lunch party of government officials that the best outcome on the Eastern front would have been the mutual exhaustion of Germany and the USSR in order that Britain could then move in to dominate Europe. He…

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  • Mick McNulty

    In less than forty years since the Iranian Embassy siege the SAS have gone from a secretive unit with a mystique about them to a brutal, blunt instrument of US (sic) foreign policy. Black knights.

  • legal eagle

    Unlike Russia who has a legal invitation to be in Syria, Britain does not, and as such is a criminal invader = insurgent.

  • RoHa

    Britain spent much of 1942 and 1943 fighting the Germans inNorth Africa. The Royal Navy was fighting the U boats in the Atlantic and running the Arctic convoys that supplied the Soviets. The RAF was bombing Germany. (Perhaps a useless effort.) Not what they promised the Soviets, but not entirely idle.

  • SanityClaus

    Who qualifies as “British”? Anybody from one of 85 different British Commonwealth countries or protectorates?

  • ceonwulf

    We are paying the price now for Germany losing WW2.

  • JosephConrad

    PUTIN MUST BE GENTLE WITH THESE FOOLS. THEY’RE JUST U.S. STOOGES & NATO
    ‘FODDER’. JUST SEND THEM TO TURKEY TO GET HOME…