2 September 1966. Thought for the Week: "The essential horror of 1984 is gathering momentum for us every day. What is that horror? The reduction of private man to public mass! It is the bulldozing of man under mechanism; of the soul of society; of the individual under government... The character of 1984 is that there is to be no character. It is a world where privacy is a vice...It is the abolishment of private man."
E. Merrill Root in "American Opinion", June 1966.
DR. J. CAIRNS, MP. ON VIETNAM NOW
Following his recent visit to South-East Asia, Labor Member Dr. Jim Cairns has shifted his ground on the Vietnam issue to the point where he is prepared to concede that military victory is possible against the Communists. But he persistently continues to advance his central thesis that there is a "revolutionary change" in Asia, which cannot be halted by military force. And that Australia should urge upon the USA the necessity to attempt negotiations.
As Mr. Cairns is the most competent of those
Australian politicians opposing the Australian military stand in Vietnam,
it is essential that his statements be carefully studied so that their
real significance may be understood.
This statement by Dr. Cairns is, at least by
implication, an admission that Communist China is a power base from
which the offensive in Vietnam is being directed and assisted. The essence
of his view is that the risk of defeating communism in Vietnam is too
great; that the Chinese Communists will not tolerate this. This is typical
of the defeatism, which has so paralyzed the Western nations, as they
have consistently refused to face the stark truth that they are being
progressively blackmailed by the Communist enemy.
Instead of facing the truth that the Red Chinese
are fighting the Americans, Australians and New Zealanders by proxy
in Vietnam, and that only a policy of strength is going to defeat the
Chinese strategy for Asia, many Australians will be tempted to listen
to the Cairns siren call urging that the risk of major confrontation
with China should be avoided by a negotiated settlement in Vietnam.
Dr. Cairns also said it would have to be made
clear that the Communist National Liberation Front had "to have a share
of power in South Vietnam."
The future of Australia may depend to a very great extent upon how strongly Australians reject the Cairns foreign policy at the coming Federal Elections.
RHODESIA STANDS FIRM AGAINST REVOLUTIONARIES
Mr. Harold Wilson now concedes that his economic
war against Rhodesia has failed. All around the world the voices of
revolution are now demanding that stronger action must be taken to topple
the Smith Government. While the prospect of military force cannot be
discounted, it is extremely unlikely that the stage has yet been reached
where it would be possible to justify such an extreme policy, one that
would plunge the whole of Southern Africa into war and destruction.
The Australian and New Zealand stand will have
a decisive effect on the Prime Ministers' Conference in London next
week. It will force the African demagogues like Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia
to decide whether or not they are prepared to continue in the Commonwealth.
If an explosion takes place, Zambia could openly move under increasing
While the Commonwealth Prime Ministers in London
grapple with the impossible task of agreeing on a policy, which might
defeat Rhodesia, the Rhodesian Government is preparing itself for the
next stage of the struggle, during which they envisage an intensified
effort to encourage terrorist and revolutionary activities inside Rhodesia,
Zambia being the main base for these activities. The Government has
wisely moved to strengthen its security legislation.
The following is a sample of the revolutionary
propaganda being broadcast by the Zambian Broadcasting Commission:
Africans in Rhodesia were also urged to "kill
many cattle. Take the cattle. If you are not able to take them, hamstrung
The close alliance between the BBC and the ZBC is played down. But Mr., Wilson cannot play down the fact that the Director of the Zambian Broadcasting Commission is a British Civil Servant, Mr. Michael Wittemaster, who is seconded to the Zambian Government.
Western Civilization's front line against Communist strategy on the African continent is being firmly held because the Rhodesian Government, backed by a united people, both European and African, is demonstrating the sheer will to hold on. It is one of the great miracles of an era when it is widely accepted that no small group can stand in the way of "inevitable trends".
THE TRUTH ABOUT SALISBURY'S UNIVERSITY COLLEGE
Anti-Rhodesian propagandists have made much of the fact that the Rhodesian Government had deported nine lecturers from the Salisbury University College. This act has been publicised as further evidence of the "police state" conditions now allegedly existing in Rhodesia. The truth about the activities at the University, leading to the deporting of some of the lecturers, is rather different.
Writing in the August issue of "Rhodesia and
World Report", Dr. Olive Robertson, MBE. MB. ChB. a member of the
College Council Executive Committee since 1962 provides a background
picture of how the agents of revolution attempted to use the University
to help defeat the Smith Government. Dr. Robertson refers to the significant
fact that the revolutionary activities at the University were confined
to the Faculty of Social Studies.
AUSTRALIA NOT AT APARTHEID SEMINAR
The Australian Government is to be congratulated on its rejection of an invitation to attend a UN sponsored Seminar on apartheid, which began in Brazil on August 25. We are, however, a little sick of the two-faced explanation given by the Department of External Affairs justifying this decision. Refusal to participate in a Communist-inspired attack on the attempt by South African to peacefully resolve its local race problem, does not need to be evasively defended. Many of those at the Seminar in Brazil came from countries where the vilest forms of human tyranny operate.
It would be instructive to have a Seminar on the question of whether there is one place in Africa where "majority rule" and "one-man-one-vote" operates to the benefit of the African people.
THE SIGNIFICANT CASE OF CAPTAIN BENSON, MP"I have lived with dishonesty too long", said Captain Benson, Labor MP. in defence of his stand supporting Australia's involvement in Vietnam. The Benson issue has highlighted the fact that the present controllers of the ALP are not over-concerned about the coming Federal Elections. Thus their brutal attempt to force all Labor Members to toe the neutralist and defeatist line they have laid down, even if this decreases their electoral stocks.
These totalitarians look forward to the future when they will lead a completely Left-wing dominated ALP. In the meantime Captain Benson has demonstrated that there are still Members of Parliament with some moral principles.
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