Empire’s Last Hurrah

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Empire’s Last Hurrah

Two bastions of Britishness hold out against all odds. But their time is running out.

Once, Britain ruled the waves by virtue of its possession of virtually all of the world’s most strategic sea gates. Now, two of the most venerable remain fighting for the right to retain their British heritage, against strenuous efforts by Hispanic politicians to seek their possession: Gibraltar and the Falkland Islands.

Despite the fact that the populations of both these countries have overwhelmingly voted in support of continuing attachment to the Crown, and despite their legal standing of having been virtually gifted to Britain by Spanish overlords in the past, Spain (in respect of Gibraltar) and Argentina (in the case of the Falklands) now seek to repudiate their legal occupation by Britain and claim them as part of their own sovereign territory.

What is now apparent is that the new pope, Francis i, may well enter the fray to tip the scales in favor of Hispanic annexation of these two sea gates.

With no one of the caliber of Margaret Thatcher to rush to their aid, and having lost the air and naval capacity for a rerun of the Falklands war, given the appeasing nature of today’s British government it is highly likely that the day will come when Britain capitulates to Hispanic rule of its two remaining significant sea gates.

British political economist Rodney Atkinson has this to say about the disposition of the Vatican and its newest papal resident on these issues: “We should never forget that the most consistent and pernicious enemy of the sovereignty of the British people and their freedom of religion has for centuries been the Vatican. From 1066 to the rule of terror of Bloody Mary, to Guy Fawkes, to the Babbington plot to assassinate Elizabeth i, to the infamous 1934 Concordat with Nazi Germany and the promotion of war in the Balkans in the 1990s, the imperial politics rather than the religion of the Roman Catholic Church has been its critical characteristic” (e-mail, March 15).

Atkinson highlights the “imperialist and political” oath of the Jesuits to the Roman Catholic Church, quoting this excerpt from that oath: “I do further declare that I will help, assist and advise all or any of His Holiness’s agents, in any place wherever I shall be, in Switzerland, Germany, Holland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, England, Ireland or America, or in any other kingdom or territory I shall come to, and to do my outmost to extirpate the heretical Protestants or Liberal doctrines, and to destroy all their pretended powers, regal or otherwise” (emphasis added).

He goes on to observe, “The new pope, a Jesuit and formerly the Cardinal Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, is in that tradition.”

He then quotes from the Traditional Britain website:”Unfortunately, a look at past press reports paints a portrait of the cardinal as a fanatic Argentine nationalist who defends the 1982 invasion and disregards the democratic wish of the islanders to retain their links to the UK.

“This was clear on April 1, 2010, when on the occasion of a commemoration of the start of the 1982 war, Bergoglio went as far as claiming that ‘the Malvinas [Falklands] belong to us,’ adding that ‘many watered that land, which is Argentine, with blood.’ Two years later, on another edition of the ceremony, he insisted on the same views, saying that the Argentine ‘fallen’ had ‘gone out to defend their mother, the motherland, to reclaim what belongs to them, to the motherland.’”

As Atkinson implies, it has always been its imperial politics that the Vatican has used its religion to promulgate.

Expect a renewed push from Roman Catholic elites in the EU and Argentina to force Britain to finally yield up to Hispanic control the two prime sea gates of Gibraltar and the Falkland Islands.

This ongoing tension over these two sea gates is but another sign of the rise of the prophesied king of the north, which will now, under the auspices of Pope Francis, seek anew to adjoin the most Catholic continent of all, South America, to the increasing imperialist possessions of the Rome/Berlin axis.