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House of Lords Committee Fears British Empire Losing ‘Relevance’ in Face of Four Powers

Dec. 19, 2018 (EIRNS)—The House of Lords Select Committee on International Relations let it all hang out in a 116-page report titled “U.K. Foreign Policy in a Shifting World Order,” released on Dec. 18. The report expresses the growing hysteria at the highest levels of the British oligarchy that the U.K. is losing “relevance,” because the post-war imperial “rules-based international order” is breaking down under “political and social waves caused by peoples’ access to information”!

The major powers at the top of the Lords’ concerns are the four which American statesman Lyndon LaRouche identified a decade ago as having, combined, sufficient power to sink the British Empire: the United States, Russia, China, and India.

The Lords named President Donald Trump as their number-one problem, and present his removal as critical to their interests. “Our alliance with the United States remains our top priority and cornerstone of what we wish to achieve in the world,” the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) told the Committee. The Lords warn that if President Trump or another administration like his were elected in 2020, that alliance through which the British have ruled the world will be permanently lost. In their words:

“The U.S. Administration has taken a number of high-profile unilateral foreign policy decisions that are contrary to the interests of the United Kingdom.... How damaging this will be to what has hitherto been the U.K.’s most important international relationship will depend on whether the current approach is an enduring trend. Should President Trump win a second term, or a similar administration succeed him, the damage to U.K./U.S. relations will be longer lasting....”

The Lords insist the U.K. government continue to “reach out” to its American assets in the “deeply entwined” U.K./U.S. defense and intelligence establishment who “share our views and values,” i.e., to bring down Donald Trump. The British coup attempt has never been so clearly acknowledged.

In their view, the U.K. can’t afford to economically confront China as an adversary at this point, but “in the longer term, the government will need to weigh up the strategic challenge posed by China’s ... impact on the rules-based international order,” and its lead in emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence and quantum computing, which “could further alter the balance of power,” the Lords write.

Russia “is a declining power ... willing and able ... to act as a disruptor in international relations,” whose alleged hybrid warfare and disinformation must continue to be confronted.

As for India, the FCO told the Committee that “the U.K.’s relationship with India was ‘central to our aspirations,’ ” but the U.K. had better hurry to “reset and elevate its relationship with India,” because “other countries are assiduously seeking to engage with India.”

One message is clear: The Lords of the Empire are scared.

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