Clash of Worlds. TV BBC 2.
The story of the extraordinary tensions and mutual misunderstandings, wars and reconciliations that have haunted two cultures, Christian and Muslim, during Imperial Britain’s rise and fall. And how the centuries-old conflict between Islam and a Christian West can help us understand the causes of terrorist acts in the 21st century.
The final programme of the series looks at the politically-charged history of Palestine and how decisions made by the British rulers of Palestine 90 years ago, when they supported the idea of a nation state for Jews in Palestine, are held to blame for intensifying a conflict that continues to this day.
In December 1917 the British General Edmund Allenby entered Jerusalem with TE Lawrence, the guerrilla leader of an Arab army, by his side. More than 800 years after they were evicted from Palestine during the Crusades, the British again ruled over the Holy Land.
From the deserts of southern Jordan, through the West Bank and Israel, this film traces the roots of the Palestine Issue and the competing nationalist demands that the British faced. On one hand the Balfour Declaration in 1917 promised a homeland for Jews. On the other, children in schools in the West Bank and militants fighting the Israeli army today remember British rule over Palestine as a simple betrayal of the Arab cause. [AD,S]
Ref, British Religion and Power. Disasters. (Proof of cultural-religious or sectarian bias, and departmental (leader) indoctrination guiding British Foreign Policy)
Disaster of British Foreign Policy. Jewish – Zionism. The Christian Crusaders – Balfour – Sykes-Picot Agreement – Blair and Bush. Sykes at his Family Seat (an estate in Lancashire) and dressing up in ancient Crusader armour etc., and the (attempted) gag on the press, "To not combine Crusading with Arab subjugation".
The Secret Faith of Blair. Ref, Notes, "Carl Sagan and the madness of our political leaders".
"If Blair had been able to relate this vision to his policies, we would have had more constructive social policy at home and principled policies abroad."
Mr Blair’s ex-spokesman Alastair Campbell famously warned reporters: "We don’t do God."
He acknowledged to the programme that his former boss, "Does do God in quite a big way", but that both men feared the public would be wary.