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.