When discussing the ongoing saga of the UK and the Chagos Islands, mainstream media often miss the history of how the UK government ruthlessly expelled the inhabitants of the Indian Ocean in the 1960s and 1970s. A story which award winning investigative Journalist John Pilger told in his 2004 documentary “Stealing A Naton”.
Over a period of a decade, from the 1960s to the 1970s, the United Kingdom forcibly depopulated the Chagos Islands in order to make room for a US military base at Diego Garcia, the largest of the islands. Despite a ruling by the International Court of Justice, and a near unanimous vote by the UN General Assembly, the UK continues to refuse to allow the islanders to return. Investigative journalist John Pilger detailed the ‘ruthlessly expulsion’ of the indigenous inhabitants of the islanders by the Labour government of Harold Wilson, in his documentary “Stealing A Nation”.
“There are times when one tragedy, one crime, tells us how a whole system works behind its democratic façade”, Pilger tells viewers, “and helps us understand how much of the world is run for the benefit of the powerful and how governments often justify their actions – with lies”.
Pilger describes how, in exchange Diego Garcia, the US “compensated” the British with $14 million off the price of a Polaris nuclear submarine sold by the US.
The population, which originated from Africa and Asia, is described as a “peaceful creol population” living what was a “benign undisturbed way…