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By Paul Richard Harris, Axis of Logic
Axis of Logic
Tuesday, Oct 4, 2016

Britain's Secret Wars: How and why the United Kingdom sponsors conflict around the World – by T.J. Coles


Published in Great Britain by Clairview Books.



The Plymouth Institute for Peace Research (PIPR) was founded in 2014 by T.J. Coles and Laura Baudin. The centre is a beacon for interdisciplinary researchers and grassroots activists dedicated to peace and justice. PIPR’s objective, in addition to research, is to document facts and to make them easily accessible.


T.J. (Tim) Coles is a director of PIPR and his new book arises from the work he has done there, as well as his own independent research prior to forming PIPR.


This book is a collection of essays (some material has previously appeared on Axis of Logic) addressing episodes of Britain’s hidden and surreptitious wars. Evidence shows that Britain has been continually at war – somewhere – for over 100 years, and Coles has chosen to focus on the most recent examples: the Middle East and North Africa, along with Sri Lanka, Ukraine, Papua, Colombia, Somalia, and Bangladesh.


Unbeknownst to the broad population, the Shadow State sponsors a ‘new world order’ that allies Britain with America’s quest for global power – what the Pentagon calls ‘Full Spectrum Dominance’. Coles documents how British operatives have interfered around the world with the aim of deposing unwanted regimes. In doing so, they have helped create extensive terrorist networks across the Middle East, reviving previously-failing Jihadist groups such as ISIL, which has now transformed into an international terror franchise.


From the Introduction:


A few years ago, Britain’s Defence Secretary, Liam Fox, said: “If you want to keep a secret in the United Kingdom nowadays, the best place to speak it is in the House of Commons, as it is the least likely place to be reported.” Taking Fox at his word, this book consults government records in order to bring Britain’s secret wars to public attention. The evidence presented here suggests that Britain has a greater role in world affairs than many realize. Secret wars are waged for the financial benefit of sectional interests (as internal records reiterate) and result in widespread crimes against humanity, including ethnic cleansing, torture and assassination.


The research Coles has done illustrates these points clearly. The book is well written and easy to understand – where detailed explanations are needed, they are provided.


I read this book with avid interest, including those essays I had read previously. I also found myself getting increasingly angry about two things: that the reality Coles writes about exists; that most of this information is unknown to the public – some of which, I think, is the result of poor or absent investigative journalism in the mainstream. I found myself very impressed with the work Coles has put into these essays, but don’t just take my word for it. Two other reviewers have commented and had this to say:


“T.J. Coles’ meticulous work is outstanding. Never has it been more important to invert the message of the mainstream media and tell the truth, as he does.”

(John Pilger)


“Full of useful and original research ... I read with great interest.”

(Noam Chomsky)



This book is a must read for anyone who wants to truly know what is going on around us and who objects to the ever-tightening grip of the powerful on our collective necks.

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