Espionage and the silent global war for competitive advantage.
A few days ago, a British parliamentary aide was arrested on suspicion of spying for China.
The United Kingdom Members of parliament, who enjoy extreme perquisites in comparison to the average citizen, wasted no time in deploying parliamentary privilege in naming the suspect, a few days ago.
In the British press, this revelation was confirmation of the worst about China: that it is a country hell bent on destroying western civilization.
But should we be outraged by allegations of China spying on Britain?
I pose this question because this is yet another distraction technique from the government and the fourth estate.
Spying is as old as humanity itself with history littered with several examples. Anyone who has read the classics, will fully appreciate the point being made here.
Delilah, in the old testament of the bible, was the perfect spy, given her great success in getting Samson to divulge the secret of his stunning powers, which led to his capturing and his extraordinary fall from grace.
But espionage, in the modern sense, is a British creation and no, I am not talking about James Bond.
In the war of independence against the American revolutionaries, Britain found good use for the likes of Benedict Arnold.
And vice versa.
When we delve deeper into the past, we get to fully appreciate that empire building won’t have been as successful, if there weren’t spies who went to far flung parts of the globe and the United States of America took this view to heart when it took over running the world from Great Britain, post 1945.
The American military industrial-complex took on a whole new meaning when the new super power went around the globe overthrowing governments in Asia, Africa, Europe, South America and in the West-Indies.
Without professional spies from the business world and elsewhere, America would not have dominated everyone in the way that it did.