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Friday, 28 June 2013

Proud to be British? - Franz Ferdinand

June 28th marks the 99th anniversary of the assassination of Franz Ferdinand and the beginning of British brainwashing relating the cause of World War I. Of course it had nothing to do with the fact that the Berlin - Baghdad railway line was nearing completion. Of course not. It had nothing to do with the fact this would bypass the British controlled Suez Canal and open up new trade routes to Asia and beyond that were not on British terms. Especially in an era where oil was quickly becoming the fuel of choice for the various naval forces of Europe.
Either the most popular guy of the time or a century long scape goat?
Next year the British will be celebrating being at war over oil for a hundred years. PARTY HARD!!! Here's a video from comedian and writer Rob Newman where he talks about oil and the wars it has led to. At the very least I would suggest everyone plays it in the background whilst doing whatever it is they do on the internet. Direct link.


  1. Not sure about WWI being about the Berlin-Baghdad railway giving Germany access to Iraqi oil, but he's on firmer ground with Iraq and then Iran's threat to trade oil in Euros triggering the US invasion. If Opec had gone for this it could have wrecked the US economy. As it is, by oil being traded in dollars, and through doing nothing, the USA stays rich.

    1. Not just the oil. Bypassing British controlled Suez, why stop at Baghdad? Continue onto Basra and you have a access to the Persian Gulf meaning trade into Europe would no longer be monopolised by the British.

      I think the main point though is that ahead of the 'celebrations' next year it would be nice if the public were given all of the facts instead of the ones that make the British out to be the good guys.