Why the UK Should Have Invaded America in 1833

It was, of course, totally justified and absolutely necessary that the Northern U.S. states invaded the Southern U.S. states in 1861 in what is properly called the “U.S. Civil War”. To think otherwise makes one a barbarian, a brute, or a neanderthal. Since I am none of those things, I accept whole heartedly the contention that the Union was completely justified in its bloody pursuit to bring the seceding U.S. states under their control. It is for this reason that I must point out the glaringly obvious historical miscarriage of justice which arose in 1833. Having just passed the Slavery Abolition Act, the United Kingdom should have gone forthwith and declared war on the United States. After all, it would not be another thirty-two years until the the united states would pass the thirteenth amendment abolishing slavery. How could this injustice stand? Just as it was pertinent that the North invade the South in order to abolish slavery, it is was also pertinent that the UK invade the U.S.

“But things are quite different,” you say. “The seceding southern states were once a part of the United States. They even destroyed federal property in their attack on Fort Sumter in the seceding state of South Carolina.” But, I tell you, it is just the same. For did not Americans attack the powder stores of the British in the opening battles of the Revolutionary War[1]? Just the same, the British had every right to invade the U.S. Their land was once British and their own federal property was attacked by those Americans. It really is no different at all! Where was the war-making in the name of justice and progress from the UK? It is but a sad historical shame that it never happened.

“But,” you say, “in 1833 the British still practiced slavery in parts of their empire such as in their holdings with the East India Company, in Sri Lanka, and in Saint Helena. How could the British, who clearly did not oppose slavery in principle, be trusted to invade the U.S.? This could not be a case of benevolent imperialism.” While you may think you have found a distinction between the British and the North, I am sorry to say that rather than a distinction, you have found only another parallel! At the beginning of the Civil War, four Northern states, Delaware, Maryland, Kentucky, and Missouri, known as the border states, still practiced slavery. Surely there is no need to wait for the righteous side to totally practice what they preach in order to rectify an injustice in the seceded state. War must happen now! If you disagree with this view, you will have to tell it to Mr. Abraham Lincoln himself. He thought that it was so important that he not delay his war that when he issued the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, he excluded the border states and the half-million slaves within them. No need to upset those non-seceding states, even if they did practice slavery. Due haste, I say! Due haste in war-making! Bring the British Navy across the Atlantic crush those slavers in the U.S. Just as the border states still practicing slavery did not make Lincoln’s war unjust, neither would the UK’s practice of slavery in their colonies make an 1833 invasion of the U.S. unjust.

It’s high time that American historians, politicians, and high school teachers begin pointing to this gross miscarriage of justice in 1833. The UK had an obligation to invade the U.S. and their shirked their responsibility. As a civilized person of the twenty-first century, it is all too easy to see the obvious truth that the North (the winning side who now rightfully controls federal education policy) was absolutely justified in its invasion of the South. As such, I cannot help but bring to the attention of my readers the great injustice of 1833. There was no invasion, and thus, no justice. Let us look upon this dark history of non-aggression by the UK with as much distain and disgust as we would if the North had not invaded the South.

[1] I should quickly pause to point out that this was a revolutionary war or a war of independence, unlike the Civil War. The U.S., of course, did not seek to control all of England, they merely hoped to gain independence. This is totally unlike the South who… well they lost, so no matter

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