Just for a break from the wall to wall election coverage from the failing nation to our south, which may or may not be over tomorrow night, because we could have another 2000 type result requiring herds of lawyers and weeks to litigate I decided to seek out some articles about something, anything else, which led me to pose the following question to my faithful readers. What do Andorra, Belarus, Bolivia, Burundi, Central African Republic, Chad, Republic of Congo, Guatemala, Ivory Coast, Kyrgyzstan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Mali, Marshall Islands, Monaco, Mongolia, Paraguay, Sao Tome and Principe, Sweden, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and the Vatican City have in common?
Out of kindness and a desire to not waste screen real estate, I won't make you scroll down and will answer right here and right now. Out of the almost two hundred "countries" recognized in the world today, they are the only twenty-two that were never invaded (at times under another name) by the common Mother Country of we Canadians and our American cousins. This is the conclusion found in a recent book by Stuart Laycock, who has previously written about the (admittedly amateur by comparison) Roman Empire with the title All the Countries We've Ever Invaded: And the Few We Never Got Round To. Apparently Mr. Laycock isn't one to stand on grammatical fussy points like not ending a sentence or a title with a preposition.
The book was the result of a question from the author's eleven year old son, according to an article in the Daily Telegraph:
Mr Laycock, who has previously published books on Roman history, began the unusual quest after being asked by his 11-year-old son, Frederick, how many countries the British had invaded.
After almost two years of research he said he was shocked by the answer. "I was absolutely staggered when I reached the total. I like to think I have a relatively good general knowledge. But there are places where it hadn't occurred to me that these things had ever happened. It shocked me.
"Other countries could write similar books – but they would be much shorter. I don't think anyone could match this, although the Americans had a later start and have been working hard on it in the twentieth century."
The only other nation which has achieved anything approaching the British total, Mr Laycock said, is France – which also holds the unfortunate record for having endured the most British invasions.
"I realise people may argue with some of my reasons, but it is intended to prompt debate," he added.
He believes the actual figure may well be higher and is inviting the public to get in touch to provide evidence of other invasions.
In the case of Mongolia, for instance – one of the 22 nations "not invaded", according to the book – he believes it possible that there could have been a British invasion, but could find no direct proof.
The country was caught up in the turmoil following the Russian Revolution, in which the British and other powers intervened. Mr Laycock found evidence of a British military mission in Russia approximately 50 miles from the Mongolian border, but could not establish whether it got any closer.
The United States, though much younger is certainly making an effort to catch up with Momma England. The list includes countries which were merely raided by British Pirates with approval of the government, which explains many of the far flung New World former Spanish colonies where pirates routinely attacked the Spanish settlements and made off with the plundered gold. The way the CIA operates secretly around the planet, maybe the U.S. has already broken the record, but we just don't know yet.The research lists countries based on their current national boundaries and names. Many of the invasions took place when these did not apply.
Maybe if Mitt the "business man" becomes Commander in Chief/CEO he'll just blow up the whole world at once, thus breaking Britain's record, but few folks will be around to appreciate the accomplishment.
This was also re-published at Information Clearing House, which is worth dropping by just to be dumbstruck by some of the dorky comments there like this classic exchange between Franky and None:
Franky ·16 hours ago
The Brits have been sucking the world dry and scrounging off it for over two centuries, and have not stopped, slaughtering populations and plundering countries. Look at what you have been doing in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and Syria in the last decade alone. You have the audacity to talk about others "suck it dry"? I wouldn't live in that stinking genocidal country at any price. I hope everyone will "suck it dry" until it no longer exists. Same applies to USA, its lapdogs, and all colonizers and imperialists.
"The nationalist not only does not disapprove of atrocities committed by his own side, but he has a remarkable capacity for not even hearing about them." --- George Orwell