28 October 1966. Thought for the Week: Beware of the half-truth: particularly the wrong half.
THE KOREANS AND THE MANILA CONFERENCE
Now that the turmoil and shouting of the L.B.J.
tour is completed we should turn our minds back to the ostensible objective
behind the staging of such a circus. We take it that all parties gathering
at Manila were sincere in searching for a concrete and lasting peace.
There is no excuse now for ignorance of what Communism's basis for "peace"
is: Communist "peace" is total victory - for Communism. Any negotiations,
truce or treaty, entered into will have this objective as its end.
"We must remember this: It takes only one side
to begin a war. It takes two sides to end it, short of unconditional
We have been assured by Mr. Arthur Goldberg, America's delegate to the U.N. that negotiation with the National Liberation Front will be accepted by the Americans. Thus the American policy is to wait for the Communists to take the initiative. The main point of agreement at Manila - to accept the principle of partition is further victory for the Communists, it establishes them as acceptable, and opens the way for the future advance from a secure base.
The only realism displayed at Manila came from
the South Koreans who declared that there was only one way to deal with
the Communists "to hit them, and hit them, again" until defeated.
MR.ST JOHN Q.C. EXPOSES HIMSELF
In our issue of the 14th October we commented
on the strange and disturbing case of Mr. Edward St.John Q.C. endorsed
Liberal candidate for the blue ribbon seat of Warringah at the coming
Federal Elections, who as President of the South African Defence and
Aid Fund in Australia, has associated himself with visiting African
Nationalist Congress representative, Mr. Robert Resha. Mr. St John has
refused to accept established facts about Mr. Resha. But now he has
gone further. In a long letter in "The Daily News - Pictorial"
of October 12, Mr. St John not only attempts to defend himself against
many local critics, but he attempts to smear Mr. Eric Butler.
Following a comment on the type of people allegedly
opposing him- "the people who bring nothing but discredit to the anti-Communist
cause" - Mr. St John continues: "For those who wish to read more about
them and their activities I recommend 'Voices of Hate' by K.D.Gott,
and the authoritative article in 'Quadrant' of March-April, 1966
entitled 'Australia's Radical Right."'
In a letter to "The Daily News-Pictorial"
Mr. Eric Butler has observed that Mr. St John is recommending a smear
booklet also recommended by the Communist Party. Mr. Butler refers to
Mr. Gott's past Communist background and the history of the hate booklet,
and asks, "I hope that Liberal Party supporters in Warringah will ask
Mr. St John how he justifies recommending a hatchet booklet by a man
like Mr. Ken Gott."
WHERE DOES MR. HOLT STAND ON RHODESIA?
It is no secret at Canberra that Government Members, including Cabinet Members, express in private pro-Rhodesian views while making public statements to the contrary. This is part of the double-speak technique so prevalent today.
Irrespective of the implied threats of trade or other sanctions, it is time that Australia supported policies which they believe to be right. Only such policies will serve the long-term security of this nation. Which brings us to the question of just where does the Australian Prime Minister, Mr. Harold Holt stand on Rhodesia, one of the most important questions before the Free World today.
Government statements earlier this year indicated
that the Holt Government was opposed to any increased sanctions against
Rhodesia. But our attention has been drawn to a press report in "The
Telegraph", Brisbane, of September 9, which quotes Mr. Holt at the
Prime Ministers Conference in London saying:
Further in "The Telegraph" report Mr.
Holt is also quoted as saying:
It must be inferred from this that the only
reason Mr. Holt opposes force is because it would not be practical,
not because it would be damnably immoral. Now as Mr. Wilson's policy
clearly is not having the effect Mr. Holt says he desires, the question
arises: What is Mr. Holt going to do when Mr. Wilson attempts to take
the Rhodesian question to the United Nations?
SOCIALISM ROTS THE HEART OF BRITAIN
The rising severity of the economic restrictions of the British Socialist Government in its measures to implement a planned economy is not merely unfortunate. It is part of a pattern readily discernable in all countries of the world, which have embarked on the socialist voyage.
Far more conclusive than the relationship between
cigarette smoking and lung cancer is that of socialism to failure. The
more complete the socialism the more widespread the restrictions on
freedom, the lower the living standard, the more degenerate the morality
and morale. The present tragic state of Britain is forecast in the foreword
by Professor Frederick Hayek to the 1944 edition of his classic "Road
Professor Hayek endorses the remarks of Mr. Ivor
Thomas, an earlier defector from the socialist party,
THE HYPOCRICY OF MR. ARTHUR GOLDBERG
"Let it be noted that this action by North Vietnam
contravenes not only the United Nations Charter but also the terms of
General Assembly resolution 2131 (XX), adopted unanimously only last
December and entitled 'Declaration on the Inadmissibility of Intervention
in the Domestic Affairs of States and the Protecting of their Independence
and Sovereignty.' "That resolution declares, among other things, that
"no state has the right to intervene, directly or indirectly, for any
reason whatever, in the internal affairs of any other state."
In the same address Mr. Goldberg said that his
Rhodesian policy was to oppose the 'minority' Government there and "to
open the full power and responsibility of nationhood to the people of
Rhodesia -not just 6 per cent of them."
NEED TO SUPPORT DR. BANDA AND MALAWI
"I could not boycott Mozambique, Rhodesia or
South Africa because there would be economic break down and political
chaos here if I do."
Dr. Banda has given the lead, which no other
member of the Commonwealth has dared to give. The importance of this
stand at present by Dr. Banda cannot be over estimated. Attempts to
destroy Rhodesia or South Africa must help destroy Malawi. Is this what
the Australian and other Governments desire?
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