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The Rightful Owners of a Key Island Military Base for the U.S. Would Like It Back, and the UN Agrees

The Rightful Owners of a Key Island Military Base for the U.S. Would Like It Back, and the UN Agrees

Vijay Prashad

Give Chagos back to the Chagossians! That’s a slogan I first heard in 2000. It was a demonstration in London, outside a courthouse, a small group of people with handmade signs appealing to the British legal system to return their islands to them. Few people paid them any attention. The courts sided with the islanders (whose case is unimpeachable) and then did nothing to enforce their verdict.

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May the empires and the imperialists be swallowed by life and by time.

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May their legacies be put into nursery rhymes.

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May they do time for crimes and for reparations fined

KEEP THE PRESSURE ON !

As long as we are sucking oil out of those deserts and gun money out of oil Sheiks, the US will have a presence on Diego Garcia. It’s the only reliable American-‘owned’ piece of land in that whole hemisphere. The next best was the Philippines, but they had enough people to maintain occupation of theirs and get paid until a volcano destroyed enough of the US’ sunk costs to make leaving look good on a spreadsheet.

It’s a damn shame that the Chagossians got screwed by white folks. They should be paid as much as Britain is/was. Eventually, Russia will pay them with submarines and drones if they aren’t. Sure, some people get fired up over legacy land and origins (and SAY they don’t care about the money), but that’s just religion. New religions are started every day now (and they’re all wrong).
From a pragmatic standpoint, they should work to get something tangible (besides folk songs) out of it before it’s under water instead of letting philosophy get in the way of their children’s lives.
Maybe they can get the Mafia to help them put a casino on it so their kids will have jobs. That’s what my high school did.

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We need to get out of all foreign bases. Here, Okinawa, Korea, Germany, Italy, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, everywhere.

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But Trump wants more money for the military. What can cost so much that they need more? Some of it is probably going to raises to $15.00 per hour. Oh, the aeronautics engineers get more than that? Well there you go.
No new moon bases?

Where the hell’s the money going to come from? Oh, wait, Modern Monetary Theory says we can just print it for any purpose!

Maybe if we shut down all the foreign bases, we can afford the moon base!

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Some people we “liberate”

Some lands we liberate from the people

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Kind of makes one glad the Brits are destroying their own economy with their arrogance, conceit and sheer stupidity. Doesn’t help the Mauritians that much though. Maybe Trump’s attempt to extort money from nations hosting American bases will work in their favor though?

The evil, countries do, will live long after them, the good, will be interred with their bones. History will long record the evils of " the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today" , the good ole USA. From the genocide of the indigenous Americans to the slaughters in the Middle East. Salute the flag? God bless America ? We thank you for your service? The hypocrisy is mind boggling.