January 26th is Australia’s national holiday, Australia Day, on which White Australia celebrates the arrival of the British First Fleet and first White settlement of Australia at present-day Sydney on 26 of January 1788.
However Indigenous Australians mark 26 January as Invasion Day or Survival Day, commemorating commencement of an Aboriginal Genocide and an Aboriginal Ethnocide that continues today, this qualitatively representing the worst genocide in human history. The British have invaded 193 countries, as compared to the UK lackey or US lackey White Australians 85, with variously horrendous and genocidal consequences. 26 January should be marked world-wide as British Invasion Day.
In the last 1,000 years the British have invaded 193 out of 203 present-day countries (195 UN-recognized nations and 8 non-UN-recognized self-governing countries) as compared to the French 80, the US 70 (50 after WW2), Germany 39, Japan 30, Russia 25, Canada 25, Apartheid Israel 12 and China 2. However the British invasion of Australia on 26 January 1788 ultimately destroyed as many as 600 unique Indigenous Australian tribes and a comparable number of languages and dialects. Thus it is estimated that in 1788 there were 300 distinct Aboriginal language groups and 750 dialects of which only 150 survive) this making the Australian Aboriginal Genocide qualitatively the worst genocide in human history.
Britain’s and Australia’s quantitatively worst genocide was the WW2 Bengali Holocaust in which the British with Australian complicity deliberately starved 6-7 million Indians to death for strategic reasons in the 1942-1945 man-made Bengal Famine, with Australia withholding food from starving India from its huge wartime grain stocks and as many as 0.3 million starving Bengali women and girls subject to civilian or military sexual abuse. The Bengali Holocaust was the first WW2 mass atrocity to be described as a “holocaust” (by N. G. Jog in his 1944 book “Churchill's Blind Spot: India”) but has been largely white-washed from history and general public perception.
The consequence of British invasion was typically genocide of Indigenous peoples, as exampled by the Australian Aboriginal Genocides and American Indian Genocides through violence, dispossession, deprivation and introduced disease. However in India and China, while there were just too many Indigenous inhabitants for total extermination, Indigenous deaths were enormous. Thus 20-100 million Chinese died in the 19th century Tai Ping rebellion precipitated by British imperialism and the Opium Wars, and Indian avoidable deaths from imposed deprivation totalled 1,800 million over 2 centuries of British rule. In Africa slavery, dispossession, exploitation, dislocation and relocation killed scores of millions and the impact of colonialism world-wide continues under neocolonial hegemony. Thus “annual avoidable deaths as a percentage of population” is presently 1.0% for non-Arab Africa, 0.6% for Indigenous Australians, and 0.4% for South Asia as compared to about 0.0% for “White” overseas European colonies (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Apartheid Israel and the US).
The WW2 Bengali Holocaust (6-7 million deaths) and the WW2 Chinese Holocaust (40 million deaths under the Japanese, 1937-1945) occurred at the same time as the WW2 Jewish Holocaust (5-6 million killed through violence or imposed deprivation) which was part of a WW2 European Holocaust in which 30 million Slavs, Gypsies and Jews were killed. However with the exception of the WW2 Jewish Holocaust these atrocities have been largely removed from general public perception. Indeed the term “The Holocaust” has become synonymous with the WW2 Jewish Holocaust to the exclusion of these other contemporaneous and even bigger holocausts. Thus 6 million Poles (half of them Jews, half of them Christians) died in a “forgotten” WW2 Polish Holocaust. Wikipedia observes: “The Holocaust (from the Greek holókaustos: hólos, "whole" and kaustós, "burnt" and also known as the Shoah (Hebrew HaShoah, "the catastrophe"), was a genocide in which approximately six million Jews were killed by Adolf Hitler’s Nazi regime and its collaborators. Some historians use a definition of the Holocaust that includes the additional five million non-Jewish victims of Nazi mass murders, bringing the total to approximately eleven million”.
One notes that “genocide” is defined by Article 2 of the UN Genocide Convention thus: “In the present Convention, genocide means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial or religious group, as such: a) Killing members of the group; b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group; c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part; d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group; e) Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group”.
Google searches for the various “holocaust” terms relating to WW2 yield the following results (given in brackets): “Bengali Holocaust” (1,500; this also referring to the 1971 Bengali Genocide), “Indian Holocaust” (47,800; this term also referring to the exterminating of North American Indians and horrendous avoidable mass mortality in British India, 1757-1947), “Chinese Holocaust” (7,200), “Polish Holocaust” (18,400), “Russian Holocaust” (7,600), “Ukrainian Holocaust” (13,200; this term also referring to the 1930s Ukrainian Famine under Stalin), “Roma Holocaust”(28,200) and Gypsy Holocaust (8,100) as compared to the presently overwhelmingly Jewish-specific terms “Holocaust” (47,200,000), “The Holocaust” (15,800,000) and “Jewish Holocaust” (420,000).
Google searches for the various “genocide” terms relating to WW2 yield the following results (given in brackets): “Bengali Genocide” (2,100; this also referring to the 1971 Bengali Genocide), “Indian Genocide” (50,800; this term also referring to the exterminating of North American Indians and horrendous avoidable mass mortality in British India, 1757-1947), “Chinese Genocide” (8,700), “Polish Genocide” (1,100), “Russian Genocide” (31,100; this also referring to Stalin crimes), “Ukrainian Genocide” (28,300; this term also referring to the 1930s Ukrainian Famine under Stalin), “Roma Genocide”(15,600) and Gypsy Genocide (1,300) , as compared to “Jewish Genocide” (134,000).
White Australia has been associated with 30 genocidal atrocities , specifically the (1) 18th-19th century Aboriginal Genocide, (2) Tasmanian Aboriginal Genocide, (3) British Indian Genocide, Indian Holocaust, (4) European Chinese Genocide , (5) Maori Genocide, (6) African Genocide, (7) Pacific Islands Genocide, Melanesian Genocide, (8) Fijian Genocide, (9) Boer (Afrikaaner) Genocide, (10) Armenian Genocide, (11) Bengali Genocide, Bengali Holocaust, Bengal Famine, (12) British post-1950 Third World Genocide, (13) US post-1950 Third World Genocide, (14) Australian Colonial Genocide, (15) 20th and 21st century Aboriginal Genocide and Aboriginal Ethnocide , (16) Palestinian Genocide, (17) Iraqi Genocide. Iraqi Holocaust, (18) Afghan Genocide, Afghan Holocaust, (19) Ongoing Aboriginal Genocide, (20) Biofuel Genocide, (21) Climate Genocide, (22) Tamil Genocide, (23) Bougainville Genocide, (24) Muslim Genocide, Muslim Holocaust and the US War on Muslims, (25) War on Terror carnage, (26) Asian Holocaust, (27) Somali Holocaust, Somali Genocide, (28) American Holocaust, (29) Australian Holocaust, and (30) Bedouin Genocide .Yet these terms and the awful realities underlying application of these terms are largely or completely absent from Mainstream consideration e.g. they are essentially ignored by the assertedly authoritative, 2 volume “The Cambridge History of Australia”.
Indeed very recent events mean that the list must be extended. Thus the Australian-US joint electronic spying facility at Pine Gap in Central Australia is critical in supporting US nuclear terrorism as well as in targeting illegal US drone strikes in the wretchedly poor countries of Libya, Somalia, Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Australia is now into its Seventh Iraq War and its Third Syrian War in a century, noting that the ongoing, US Alliance-promoted Syrian civil war has killed 0.3 million people and generated 12 million refugees – a Syrian Holocaust and also a Syrian Genocide as defined by Article 2 of the UN Geneva Convention.
History is written by the victors and the consequent untruth means that history ignored yields history repeated. This is well illustrated by the qualitatively worst genocide of the world, Britain and Australia (the ongoing Australian Aboriginal Genocide and Australian Aboriginal Ethnocide) and the quantitatively worst genocide of the world, Britain and Australia (the Indian Holocaust including the WW2 Bengali Holocaust).
Thus while Australians are aware of “the gap” between Black and White Australia in terms of health, life expectancy, employment, education, living conditions and wealth, and the key terms “Aboriginal Genocide”, “Aboriginal Ethnocide” and “avoidable mortality” are used by activists and decent scholars in relation to Indigenous Australians, these terms are almost completely absent from the discourse of Mainstream media, politicians and academics in Australia and the UK through a process of censorship and self-censorship as revealed by searching for these terms on the ABC News (the ABC being Australia’s equivalent of the UK BBC) and the UK BBC News. Indeed when the term “Aboriginal Genocide” rarely occurs it is often in the context of denying that it happened (as in the so-called “History Wars” in Australia).
While about 2 million Indigenous Australians have died untimely deaths from violence, disease and deprivation since 1788, the avoidable death rate of Aborigines is currently an appalling 0.6% of population per year (between that of sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia). While only 150 of a pre-1788 750 Aboriginal languages and dialects survive, and of these all but 20 are endangered, Australian Aboriginal Ethnocide proceeds apace in the 21st century driven by poverty, forced removal of children from their mothers, and exclusion of bilingual education. According to a recent study (2009) : “At the end of 2008 the Northern Territory Government, supported by the Commonwealth Government, all but closed bilingual education in remote Indigenous schools by determining that the language of instruction for the first four hours of school must be English. This decision could spell the death of the remaining endangered Indigenous languages in Australia”. The Aboriginal Genocide and Aboriginal Ethnocide are continuing apace in the 21st century in one of the world’s richest countries, Australia.
Indigenous Indian avoidable deaths from imposed deprivation totalled 1,800 million during the British Raj (1757-1947) with this saga of carnage being regularly punctuated by extreme horrors such as the 1769-1770 Great Bengal Famine (10 million deaths) and the Australia-complicit WW2 Bengali Holocaust (6-7 million deaths), with numerous, regular famine atrocities in between. Yet these horrors have been largely removed from general public perception by generations of British and Australian Mainstream journalists, politicians and historians as documented in my book “Jane Austen and the Black Hole of British History”. This is well illustrated by rare, eminent historians who deserve praise for actually mentioning the WW2 Bengal Famine in their writing but expunge it from some major works. Thus leading Australian historian Geoffrey Blainey is rare among historians in actually referring to the WW2 Bengal Famine in his book "The Great Seesaw.
A new view of the Western world 1750-2000" but there is no mention of this or indeed of any recurrent Bengal Famines in his “A Short History of the World”, “A Very Short History of the World” or “A Short History of the 20th Century”. Leading British expert of WW1, WW2, Churchill and the Jewish Holocaust, the late Professor Sir Martin Gilbert, must similarly be praised for at least referring (albeit very briefly) to “1.5 million” Bengal Famine victims in at least 3 books, namely “British History Atlas”, “The Day the War Ended. VE-Day 1945 in Europe and Around the World” and “A History of the Twentieth Century. Volume Two 1933-1951” but he made no mention of the WW2 Bengali Holocaust in his biographies of Churchill. Just imagine biographies of Hitler that failed to mention the WW2 Jewish Holocaust.
Indeed Churchill himself excluded any mention of this WW2 Bengali Holocaust atrocity for which he was primarily responsible from his 6-volume “The Second World War” for which he gained the Nobel Prize for Literature. As I warned 2 decades ago, Bengal is acutely threatened by a worsening, First World-imposed climate genocide that in the absence of requisite action is predicted to kill 500 million Bengalis this century, noting that former British colonies Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the US are disproportionately high in terms of annual per capita greenhouse gas pollution that is causing rises in sea level and tropical storm intensity.
The world or large slabs of the world are existentially threatened by (1) nuclear weapons (that can wipe out the 7,300 million of humanity at any time), (2) poverty (that is responsible for 17 million avoidable deaths from deprivation annually) and (3) unaddressed, man-made climate change (that is set to flood Island Nations and mega-delta countries like Bangladesh and is predicted to kill all but 500 million of Humanity this century).
However, (1) while Australia has no actual nuclear weapons of its own, it has hosted nuclear tests and the testing of nuclear weapons delivery systems, hosts nuclear-armed warships, plays a key role in US nuclear terrorism through its Pine Gap joint US-Australian communications facility, and is doing its best to oppose a Nuclear Weapons Ban; (2) Australia is one of the world’s richest countries but has slashed its foreign aid budget from 0.44% of national income under the short-lived, CIA-removed Whitlam Labor Government in 1972 to 0.25% in 2015-2016 under the pro-war, pro-Apartheid, pro-Apartheid Israel, war criminal, US lackey, pro-coal, pro-gas, anti-science, anti-environment, and climate criminal Coalition Government; and (3) Australia is a world-leading coal and gas exporter and New Zealand, Australia, Canada, and the US are world leading “White” countries for annual per capita greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution with values of tonnes CO2-e per person per year of 53.2, 52.9, 50,1 and 41.0, respectively (the world average being 8.9 tonnes CO2-e per person per year). In 2011 Australia used up its “fair share” of the world’s Terminal Carbon Pollution Budget of 600 Gt CO2 (600 billion tonnes CO2) (that must not be exceeded if we are to have a 75% chance of avoiding a catastrophic 2 degree C temperature rise) and has been disproportionately polluting the one common atmosphere and ocean of all nations and stealing the entitlement of responsible countries.
26 of January is Australia Day for most White Australians but is Invasion Day and Survival Day for the 0.7 million long-suffering Indigenous Australians (also known as Aboriginals, Aborigines or Black Australians) . The British have invaded 193 out of 203 present-day countries (195 UN-recognized nations and 8 non-UN-recognized self-governing countries) and its genocidal child White Australia has invaded 85 countries as compared to the France 82, the US 70, Germany 39, Japan 30, Russia 25, Canada 25, Apartheid Israel 12 and China 2. Accordingly, decent, anti-racist people around the world should make 26 January British Invasion Day. Further, the ongoing greed, rapacity, racism, warmongering, war-making and lying by the UK and Australia and their Great Friend the US demand that decent people should (a) inform everyone they can, and (b) urge and apply Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against all those people, politicians, parties, companies, corporations and countries disproportionately involved in genocidal, ecocidal, speciescidal and terracidal crimes against Humanity and the Biosphere.
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