10 September 1982. Thought for the Week: "All the great civilisations were formed in the framework of a Divine Law given to Society, a Law which even the strongest will of all, that of the wielders of Power, was powerless to shatter or replace."
Bertrand De Jouvenel in "Power".
ZIMBABWE (RHODESIA) RETURNS TO DARKEST AFRICA
On November 19th, 1981, Mr. Alan Cadman, MP,
Parliamentary Secretary to Prime Minister Fraser, wrote to
a Queensland League of Rights supporter in which he said,
Prime Minister Fraser has continued to
maintain the above view concerning Zimbabwe. But what is the
reality? We have just received from South African journalist
and specialist in African affairs, Mr. Ivor Benson, a chilling
report on Zimbabwe's rapid return to darkest Africa. The full
article will appear in the October issue of "The New Times",
but we bring our readers some of the highlights:
"The 'army of national unity' in which former terrorists loyal to Robert Mugabe and Joshua Nkomo were expected to sink their differences, fell apart....Rank and file Matabele deserted in droves, taking their weapons with them, and General Mazuka, the army's Matabele deputy commander, was arrested and now awaits trial on a charge of high treason."
It is estimated that close on 20,000 Matabele have now deserted. Terrorist activities are escalating. There are increasing abusive attacks on the judges, magistrates, and the legal profession. Mugabe did nothing when his Minister of Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, Eddison Zvobgo, declared in Parliament that he had been "provoked" to leap out of his car after a slight traffic mishap, drag an elderly white woman out of the driving seat and beat her up. The black mayor of Gweru (Gwelo) invited a local white attorney to his office and beat him up so severely that he had to be taken to hospital on a stretcher.
Mr. Garfield Todd, the former Rhodesian
Prime Minister, who campaigned to bring "majority rule" to
Zimbabwe, was later rewarded with a seat in Mr. Mugabe's Senate.
But now he has joined the growing number of disillusioned,
expressing his disapproval when Mugabe imposed a ban of total
silence on proceedings brought by a Member of Parliament,
Mr. Wally Stuttaford, detained since last December, against
security officers who tortured and assaulted him.
Perhaps Prime Minister Fraser could include Zimbabwe in his next world tour, note the tragic results of his diplomacy, and then tell Australians if he still thinks highly of Comrade Mugabe and his Government. Australia's role in the betrayal of Rhodesia is one of the blackest chapters in Australian history and those associated with the treachery should never be allowed to forget it.
PRESIDENT REAGAN'S COURAGEOUS MIDDLE EAST POLICY
In spite of the disastrous economic policies of the Reagan Administration, we remain convinced that President Reagan is basically a man whose instincts are sound. And he is not lacking in courage, as his new initiative on the Middle East demonstrates. President Reagan is attempting to face the basic Middle East reality, one which Pope John Paul has stressed, that there is no hope whatever of any stability in the Middle East unless the problem of the dispossessed Palestinian people is resolved constructively.
The essence of President Reagan's proposal is that Palestinians in Israeli occupied territories should be given self-government in association with Jordan. The President calls for a freeze on all Israeli development in these occupied territories. Mr. Reagan also demanded negotiations over the final status of the city of Jerusalem, including the Arab section, which the Israelis occupied in 1967.
Mr. Reagan is right when he points out
that the military defeat of the armed forces of the PLO in
Lebanon have not resolved the basic Palestinian and Middle
East problem. Although some supporters of the Palestinians
will feel that the Reagan proposals do not go far enough,
and in spite of the fact that the President called for an
Arab recognition of the right of Israel to exist, the immediate
bitter reaction from Israel's Begin and his supporters, once
again showed that the Zionists are not prepared to make any
constructive contribution towards the solving of the Middle
President Reagan is no doubt correct when he warns that if Israel goes ahead with further development on the West Bank, as a preliminary to annexation, this will create a crisis of enormous dimensions inside the U.S.A. President Reagan has the sanctions to force Israel to make concessions. Israel is almost completely dependent upon American financial and military support. The fact that no American President to date has dared to use this sanction is a striking demonstration of the power of Political Zionism in the higher reaches of American politics. But eventually that power must be broken if Middle East stability is to be achieved.
An encouraging feature of the situation is the emergence of large numbers of anti-Zionist Jews who are at last openly challenging the coercive power of the Political Zionist movement. Not surprisingly, the Soviet has come out openly against the Reagan plan for the Palestinians. The Soviet wants increasing instability in the Middle East in order to advance its own long-term strategy, which started with vital assistance for the Zionists to establish the State of Israel in 1948. President Reagan's move, which is of course backed by most of his closest advisers, is one of the greater significance and is going to bring the whole Zionist issue out into the field of healthy public discussion everywhere.
The Mayor of the Queensland coastal town of Hervey Bay is justified in calling for the resignation of Mr. Al Grassby, Commissioner for Community Relations, who recently issued a report that local youths were conducting Ku Klux Klan type campaigns against local Aboriginal families. Mayor Elson-Green has described the allegations as "balderdash". After the initial widespread publicity based upon the Grassby report, we have seen little media reference to the report that all that happened was a "lark" by children covering themselves with white sheets. The Fraser government should be called upon to investigate this whole affair thoroughly and to tell the Australian people what really took place.
The clash in Sydney between "Aborigines" with athletes carrying the Queen' s message for the Brisbane Commonwealth Games, is further evidence of the shape of things to come. The protestors, calling for "land rights" in Queensland, attempted to prevent the athletes meeting the Lord Mayor of Sydney, Alderman Doug Sutherland.
The abortive coup against President Mo of Kenya on August 1 has demonstrated that Kenya is going the same way as the rest of "liberated" Africa. Now President Mo's Kenyan Government wants the West to provide special aid to repair the damage created. They want $110 million! In the meantime Uganda sinks deeper into chaos and bloodshed.
The economic "experts" are in a state of confusion concerning the deepening international recession. Some have assured Americans that there are signs of recovery. But the most influential independent financial forecasting group in the U.S.A., the Congressional Budget Office, has warned against the jubilant reaction by Wall Street to the tax increases, predicting a record deficit budget - $40,000 million higher than that projected by the Administration.
The General Agreement on Trade and Tariffs warns that world trade is depressingly like the 1930s. The desperate Mexican move to nationalise its banks has added another warning note to the situation. Unlike the "experts", we can point to a record of being consistently correct, pointing out that deepening crisis is mathematically certain under present debt financial policies. So is destructive inflation. Attempts to curtail inflation by reducing the rate of credit money creation merely produce more bankruptcies and more unemployment. There is no way out of the crisis without a basic change in financial policies. These have been constantly outlined in League literature, such as "A Programme for Reversing Inflation" (Price $1.00 posted) and "The Money Trick" ($2.70 posted).
As we go to press 10,000 bankers and their economic "experts" are coming together in Toronto, Canada for the annual meeting of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. There has been plenty of publicity concerning the alleged threat to the international banking system because of the international debt structure. But behind the scenes the international crisis is being exploited to advance the strategy of the New International Economic Order, a major feature of which is the increasing of the power of the International Monetary Fund. It is proposed that the IMF take over the responsibility for much of the world's debt, starting with the Third World countries. Events are unfolding as we have consistently predicted.
We have been sent a typed screed from
Mr. John Bennett, Secretary of the Victorian Council for Civil
Liberties, copies of which, we are advised, have been sent
to all Cabinet Ministers, and members of the A.C.T.U. Trade
Hall Council. This document was sent in his private capacity,
and not in his official capacity as Secretary of the Victorian
Council of Civil Liberties. The screed ranges over 15 points,
which we reproduce for the benefit of actionists who may be
able to use the information. re: Immigration Policy
"On Target" is published by the Australian League of Rights, Box 1052. G.P.O. Melbourne 3001.