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Israel’s threat to world peace

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Headlines this week about an apparent rift between top British and US military officers over Iran were a reminder of just how embedded the UK’s military is within the US world empire.

This closeness has only heightened during the era of US President Donald Trump. The mere idea that a British general should take a different view from a US one seems to be almost heretical, according to much establishment opinion.

Whereas once Britain led the world’s biggest empire – to the detriment of its uncounted millions of victims – after World War II, after 1956 the US took over the reins of empire in much of the former British “sphere of influence”. The US now has military bases in most parts of the world, including in the UK. These bases are often unpopular with the local people, and have led to protests in places like Japan and South Korea.

One country that does not allow US military bases is Iran. Instead, it is literally surrounded by them – in the Persian Gulf and Turkey to the west and in Afghanistan to the east.

Open disagreements between top British officers and their US counterparts are pretty rare, prompting the Times (somewhat breathlessly) to characterise this week’s disagreement over Iran as a “public clash”. Major-General Chris Ghika, Britain’s top military commander in the US-led campaign against Daesh in Iraq and Syria, took issue with........

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