John Pilger berada di mana saja ada peperangan. Vietnam, Irag, Afghanistan adalah medan atau pejabatnya sebagai seorang jurnalis. Apa yang beliau tulis di dalam bukunya Hidden Agendas menyingkap banyak rahsia kerja kotor dan jahat kuasa besar.
Buku sejarah Malaya/Malaysia mengisahkan kehadiran British sebagai penyelamat umat daripada para teroris komunis. John Pilger melihat kehadiran British di Malaya tidak jauh bedanya dengan kemasukkan USA di Iraq, Vietnam dan peranan Israel di Palestin. Hari ini kita bersimpati penuh dengan nasib rakyat Palestin. Siapa yang pernah bersimpati dengan umat Malaya ketika British menjajah. Mungkin tidak ada kerana gambaran sejarah melakarkan mereka sebagai penyelamat. Apa kata John Pilger mengenai British di Malaya:
Critical to our understanding of current world events is the
way we view imperial machinations of the recent past. Malaya
is a case in point. To the celebrated historian Lord Hailey,
Malaya was ‘ceded by local Sultans’ and ‘voluntarily applied
for British protection’.19 There was no invasion; the people
were not subjugated. When British military forces attacked
Malaya between 1948 and 1960, this benign view prevailed.
There was no attack; the British establishment was ‘defending’
Malaya against a ‘counter-insurgency campaign’. British
companies then controlled most of the Malayan ‘prize’, as
Lord Milverton described the country’s natural resources,
notably its wealth of rubber and tin.
There was never an external threat to Malaya; the
’emergency’ was purely an internal affair. Yet the accredited
propaganda was that the ‘free world’ was defending Malaya
from Soviet/Chinese-backed aggression: a theme embraced by
academics and journalists alike. Malaya was a ‘good war’.
Only in its secret documents did the British Foreign Office
admit that the war ‘is very much in defence of [the] rubber
British behaviour in Malaya in essence was no different
from the American record in Vietnam, for which it proved
inspirational. Collective punishment was official policy; food
was withheld from villages judged guilty of sheltering
‘insurgents’; other villages were turned into concentration
camps and more than half a million people were forcibly
dispossessed. This ‘resettlement’ was described by the
Colonial Office in London as ‘a great piece of social development’.
Predating the American chemical assault on the
Vietnamese countryside, which destroyed half the forests and
caused widespread genetic damage, the British secretly
dropped defoliants and crop destroyers on Malaya from the
early 1950s. The chemicals, according to the Colonial Office,
provided ‘a lucrative field for experiment’.