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Sometimes I think it’s a sin
When I feel like I’m winnin’ when I’m losin’ again

Sundown – Gordon Lightfoot

Because of its vastness, the British Empire was said to have been the empire on which the sun never sets.

In a sense, the sun has set on the British Empire in that many of its former colonies are now independent, but as Wolf Howling in this week’s Council winning post observes, it has generally left those lands in better shape than when they arrived.

The penultimate question one must ask is whether the world would be better off today had there been no British colonialism? To anyone of intellectual honesty – and to at least one Malaysian professor teaching in Britain today – the answer to that question has to be an emphatic and absolute “No.” The truth is that there is a significant portion of this world that owes their peace, prosperity and stability to the legacy of British colonialism.

In other words, the English ought to feel like they’ve won, not lost.

Caroline Glick’s winning non-council entry this week, celebrates the success of one former British colony, Israel.

From the US’s perspective, far from impairing its alliance-making capabilities in the region, by providing military assistance to Israel, America isn’t just strengthening the most stabilizing force in the region. It is showing all states and non-state actors in the greater Middle East it is trustworthy.

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