Look Out, World: Brits Have Invaded 90% of Nations
Only 22 countries have been exempt: book
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Nov 5, 2012 11:57 AM CST
The 315-foot-high clock tower which houses the Big Ben bell is framed by a tree on Parliament Square opposite the Palace of Westminster, London, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012.   (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

(Newser) – If you're part of planet Earth, there's a really great chance that British forces have invaded your homeland at one time or another: Some nine out of 10 countries have suffered such a fate throughout history, a new book finds. Indeed, just 22 countries haven't seen a British invasion, the Telegraph reports. The majority of the countries in the analysis, in Stuart Laycock's book All the Countries We've Ever Invaded: And the Few We Never Got Round To, were never part of the British Empire—but they all endured a military presence in some form.

France has been the target of the highest number of British invasions, but it's also in second place for conducting invasions of its own. "I was absolutely staggered when I reached the total" after two years researching, says Laycock. "Other countries could write similar books—but they would be much shorter ... although the Americans had a later start and have been working hard on it in the twentieth century." Either way, "the book is not intended as any kind of moral judgment on our history or our empire. It is meant as a light-hearted bit of fun." Head to the Telegraph for a list of those countries not invaded.

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Nov 7, 2012 2:17 PM CST
Following the report of this story in the UK's Daily Telegraph newspaper, I commented in the readers section that it appeared the British had been “the world's most prolific illegal immigrants”. Almost 100 Telegraph readers recommended my comment. But the Telegraph's editors didn't approve of the anti-British Empire sentiment, and censored it. For the full story go to: http://jondanzig.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/censored-by-daily-telegraph.html Short URL: http://goo.gl/riQ2X
Nov 7, 2012 6:10 AM CST
List of Nations the US has bombed since 1950. Korea and China 1950-53 (Korean War) Guatemala 1954 Indonesia 1958 Cuba 1959-1961 Guatemala 1960 Congo 1964 Laos 1964-73 Vietnam 1961-73 Cambodia 1969-70 Guatemala 1967-69 Grenada 1983 Lebanon 1983, 1984 (both Lebanese and Syrian targets) Libya 1986 El Salvador 1980s Nicaragua 1980s Iran 1987 Panama 1989 Iraq 1991 (Persian Gulf War) Kuwait 1991 Somalia 1993 Bosnia 1994, 1995 Sudan 1998 Afghanistan 1998 Yugoslavia 1999 Yemen 2002 Iraq 1991-2003 (US/UK on regular basis) Iraq 2003-present Afghanistan 2001-present Pakistan 2007-present And Somalia in the 2000s
Nov 7, 2012 5:50 AM CST
Ancient history. Now who are the CURRENT world champion invaders, bombers and interferers? The good ole US of A. Around 55 countries* in the last century have heard the lie "Hi! We're from America and we're here to help ya!" Here's an interesting site: http://academic.evergreen.edu/g/grossmaz/interventions.html