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'Public are the enemy’ of British foreign policy – expert watch

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    UK foreign policy strategists consider the British public to be their enemy and, thus, bombard it with lie upon lie about the UK’s secretive antics around the world, a renowned author and scholar has claimed.

    Writing for the Huffington Post on Monday, historian and foreign policy expert Mark Curtis laid out what he claims is the truth behind British foreign policy in the Middle East.

    “British wars abroad have two enemies. First, the official enemy, portrayed as a monster whom we always battle with noble intentions. But second is the enemy within – us, the public,” he argues in an article titled “We Know about the Lies over Iraq but What about Syria?”

    The public, he claims, present a serious risk to continued British tinkering in the Middle East and so it is “subject to state ‘information operations’ to convey messages and obscure facts, usually via compliant media organisations.”

    He says current UK policy in strife-torn Syria is being conducted using lies that rival those peddled by ministers at the time of the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

    One example Curtis cites as an example of the UK’s deceptive tactics is the military’s contribution to Syrian rebel groups.

    “The Ministry of Defence is hiring contractors to produce videos, photos, radio broadcasts and social media posts branded with the logos of rebel groups, to ‘effectively run a press office for opposition fighters.’ Materials are being circulated in the Arabic broadcast media and posted online with no indication of British government involvement,” he says.

    He adds to this a long history of what he terms as “simply lying to parliament and the public” in order to carry out operations in Syria.

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