Document:Hong Kong and the Sassoon Opium Wars
Hong Kong and The Sassoon Opium Wars
The 99 year British lease on Hong Kong expired in July 1997 and administration of the territory reverted to the mainland government of "The Peoples Republic of China" . The event was given saturation coverage by the English-speaking MSM with nary a mention of how the UK first gained control of Hong Kong.
The truth lies buried in the family line of David Sassoon, “The Rothschilds of The Far East,” and their monopoly over the opium trade.
Britain won Hong Kong by launching the Opium Wars to give the Sassoons exclusive rights to drug an entire nation!
David Sassoon was born in Baghdad in 1792. His father, Saleh Sassoon, was a wealthy banker and the treasurer to Ahmet Pasha, the governor of Baghdad. (Thus making him the “court Jew” – a highly influential position.)
In 1829 Ahmet was overthrown due to corruption and the Sassoon family fled to Bombay, India. This was the strategic trade route to interior India and the gateway to the Far East. In a brief time the British government granted Sassoon “monopoly rights” to all manufacture of cotton goods, silk and most important of all – Opium – then the most addictive drug in the world!
The Jewish Encyclopedia of 1905, states that Sassoon expanded his opium trade into China and Japan. He placed his eight sons in charge of the various major opium exchanges in China.
According to the 1944 Jewish Encyclopedia: “He employed only Jews in his business, and wherever he sent them he built synagogues and schools for them. He imported whole families of fellow Jews. . . and put them to work.”
Sassoon’s sons were busy pushing this mind-destroying drug in Canton, China. Between 1830 – 1831 they trafficked 18,956 chests of opium earning millions of dollars. Part of the profits went to Queen Victoria and the British government. In the year 1836 the trade had increased to over 30,000 chests and drug addiction in coastal cities became endemic.
In 1839, the Manchu Emperor ordered that it be stopped. He named the Commissioner of Canton, Lin Tse-hsu, to lead a campaign against opium. Lin seized 2,000 chests of Sassoon opium and threw it into the river. An outraged David Sassoon demanded that Great Britain retaliate and it did. Thus, the Opium Wars began with the British Army effectively fighting as mercenaries of the Sassoons. They attacked cities and blockaded ports. The Chinese Army, decimated by 10 years of rampant opium addiction, proved no match for them.
The war ended in 1842 with the signing of “The Treaty of Nanking.” This included provisions especially designed to guarantee the Sassoons the right to enslave the entire population with opium. The “peace treaty” included these provisions:
- Full legalization of the opium trade in China,
- compensation from the opium stockpiles confiscated by Lin of 2 million pounds,
- territorial sovereignty for the British Crown over several designated offshore islands.
Sassoon’s use of the British Army to drug an entire nation
British Prime Minister Palmerston wrote to Crown Commissioner Captain Charles Elliot that the treaty didn’t go far enough. He said it should have been rejected out of hand because:
“After all, our naval power is so strong that we can tell the Emperor what we mean to hold rather than what he would cede. We must demand the admission of opium into interior China as an article of lawful commerce and increase the indemnity payments and British access to several additional Chinese ports.”
Thus, China not only had to pay Sassoon the cost of his dumped opium but reimburse the UK an unheard sum of 21 million pounds for the cost of the war!
This gave the Sassoon’s monopoly rights to distribute opium in port cities. However, even this was not enough and Sassoon demanded the right to sell opium throughout the nation. The Manchus resisted and the British Army again attacked in the “Second Opium War fought 1858 – 1860. Palmerston declared that all of interior China must be open for uninterrupted opium traffic. The British suffered a defeat at the Taku Forts in June 1859 when sailors, ordered to seize the forts, were run aground in the mud-choked harbor. Several hundred were killed or captured. An enraged Palmerston said: “We shall teach such a lesson to these perfidious hordes that the name of Europe will hereeafter be a passport of fear.”
In October, the British besieged Peking. When the city fell, British commander Lord Elgin, ordered the temples and other sacred shrines in the city sacked and burned to the ground as a show of Britain’s absolute contempt for the Chinese. In the new “Peace Treaty” of Oct.25, 1860, the British were assigned rights to vastly expanded opium trade covering seven-eights of China, which brought in over 20 million pounds in 1864 alone. In that year, the Sassoons imported 58,681 chests of opium and by 1880 it had skyrocketed to 105,508 chests making the Sassoons the richest Jews in the world. England was given the Hong Kong peninsula as a colony and large sections of Amoy, Canton, Foochow, Ningpo and Shanghai. The Sassoons were now licensing opium dens in each British occupied area with large fees being collected by their Jewish agents. Sassoon would not allow any other race to engage in “the Jews’ business.”
But the British government would not allow any opium to be imported into Europe!
Sassoon “Monopoly Rights” wrecked the Lancashire textile industry and enriched the Roosevelts
Sir Albert Sassoon, the eldest of David Sassoon’s sons took over the family business empire. He constructed huge textile mills in Bombay and paid slave labor wages. This expansion continued after World War One and put the Lancashire and other English mills out of business with thousands losing their jobs. This did not stop Queen Victoria bestowing a Knighthhod on Albert 1872.
Solomon Sassoon moved to Hong Kong and ran the family business there until his death in 1894. Later, the entire family moved to England because, with modern communications, they could operate their financial empire from their luxurious estates in London. They socialized with royalty. Edward Albert Sassoon married Aline Caroline de Rothschild in 1887 which linked the Sasoon fortune with that of the Rothschilds. The Queen also had Edward knighted. All 14 of the grandsons of David Sassoon were made officers during World War One and thus most were able to avoid combat.
Franklin D. Roosevelt’s fortune was inherited from his maternal grandfather Warren Delano. In 1830 he was a senior partner of Russell & Company. It was their merchant fleet which carried Sassoon’s opium to China and returned with tea.
Warren Delano moved to Newburgh, N.Y. In 1851 his daughter Sara married a well born neighbor, James Roosevelt - the father of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. He well knew the origin of the family fortune but refused to discuss it.
The Sassoon opium trade brought death and destruction to millions and still plagues Asia to this day. Their company was operated exclusively by Jews. The British monarchy to its disgrace, honored them with privilege and knighthoods. To this day the Sassoons are lauded in the history books as great philanthropists and developers of India - but the source of their vast wealth is rarely mentioned.