The highest court in Britain has ruled in favor of the British government, blocking the return of hundreds of Chagos Island people to their homes in the south Indian Ocean after nearly 40 years of exile.
The decision by the House of Lords ends a years-long battle to secure the Chagos Islanders the right to return to their archipelago, from where they were forcibly removed in the 1960s and 1970s to make way for an American airbase on Diego Garcia.
By a ruling of 3-2, the lords backed a government appeal that allowing the islanders to return could have a detrimental effect on defense and international security.
Patriotism, war, the endemic cowardice of bureaucrats sum up the usual excuses for repression.
The British-owned island chain was forcibly depopulated between 1968 and 1973, with 2,000 residents shipped to Mauritius and the Seychelles, allowing Britain to rent the main island of Diego Garcia to the United States.
The key to the question remains British political subservience to the United States.
Courts try to bring a just end to the question of returning these people to their homeland – stolen in service to the Cold War. When justice appears imminent, the Global War on Terror becomes the latest rationale for theft.
I guess British politicians feel they get enough return for their role as America’s 51st State to justify their perpetual kneeling position.