The Sun announces the death of the "Special Relationship".
|The Sun; Saturday 31st August 2013|
As with the vast majority of Sun journalistic nonsense over the years, remember "Gotcha", or "The Truth (in relation to the Hillsborough disaster) or "It's the Sun Wot Won it" the front page of this "Newspaper" has screamed Kelvin MacKenzie/Rupert Murdochesque garbage for many years. Today's front page (Saturday 31st August 2013) is no exception, albeit that MacKenzie has gone and a new editor
David Dinsmore, has the dubious honour of filling the chair.
However, on this occasion there is a grain of reality in the headline. It is the first instance, certainly that I can recall of a British newspaper admitting that the "Special relationship" no longer exists.In fact, the so called "Special Relationship" was a myth created in 1944 by Churchill and Roosevelt as an implied threat to Joseph Stalin and the possible domination of Europe by the USSR. It was a myth which has been perpetuated by successive governments and Prime Ministers in the United Kingdom
|Churchill and Roosevelt|
Whatever the "relationship" was supposed to be, it was certainly never a relationship between equals as a number of Prime Ministers have discovered to their ultimate cost. On many occasions, it has been demonstrated that as far as Washington is concerned, the only question to be asked when America says jump, is "How high?". A one sided relationship serving only the interests of America is not one that we in the UK should be prepared to accept. True, the supply of American equipment, eventually under the terms of "Lease Lend" played a pivotal part in the history of Great Britain during the Second world War, particularly during the years 1940/1941 and it is argued by some that Britain could not have won the war without the Americans. Others would argue that Britain would have won but it would have taken a lot longer. The answer to that conundrum will never be resolved.
Whether or not Bill Clinton actually said "The "special relationship" only exists in three cases; Ireland, Saudi Arabia and Israel", is debatable, but the attributed quote is more indicative of the reality of the situation.The United Kingdom were only ever viewed by the Americans as the junior associates in a programme of American self interests, to give support when instructed and to remain uncritical of American actions.
The Sun may be a little hysterical (again) in its choice of headline, but the sentiment, and the point is understandable.