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Because colonialism itself, and recent British involvement in US imperialism in

Iraq and Afghanistan, are not the subject of critical commentary by the people whose

stories are quoted from here, the roles of colonialism in bringing about aspects of

military expatriate life that were enjoyed, and, its central characteristic, in the case of

British colonialism at least, of rule by gloved fist, are not mentioned either. There is

irony, even denial, inherent in a discourse that can object to the building of mosques

in Britain on the grounds that the British would never have built churches in the

middle of a park during colonial rule.