Re A LITTLE country that could, April 20.
Much enjoyed your article as it refrained from being a left-wing British bashing exercise.
Ian, were you aware that the current global financial crises can trace its roots to the failure of the Gallipoli campaign in 1915?
In 1971 the US de-linked the US dollar from gold so that it could pay for the Vietnam war by printing money (the US has been printing money ever since).
The Vietnam and Korean wars were the product of Chinese Chairman Mao's ultimate goal to have the US drop a nuclear bomb on either Korea or Vietnam so that he could gain atomic weapons from the Soviet Union.
Mao's aim was to conquer the world, including Russia, so Mao did not get the atomic weapons. Chinese communists had gained control of China with Soviet military, financial and political support.
The Soviets took over Russia in 1917 because of the prior crushing defeat of Russia by the Germans on the eastern front with the consequent collapse of support of the army for the Czar.
The Russian army failed because of the lack of the massive logistical support which Britain and France intended to provide by opening a shipping route to the all-year Russian black ports via the Dardanelles.
I know that is an abbreviated version but the historic links can be traced. Just thought you may be interested.