7 April 1967. Thought for the Week: "On the day of resurrection, they will demand of thee an account, not of thy pedigree, but of thy actions."
SOUTH AFRICA TO BE 'INVADED BY AMERICA'
WILL U.N. DECLARE WAR ON SOUTHERN AFRICA?
"Increasing numbers of Americans are becoming concerned that the ground is being prepared for an American-backed U.N. military action against Rhodesia and South Africa. They fear that a Korean-type "peace" in Vietnam will make available American forces for a U.N. action in Southern Africa.
The following is some of the evidence assembled
by those Americans who are fearful that the first steps have already
been taken for a military attack on Southern Africa:
"Article 43 of the U.N. Charter states:
"The way was being prepared for a U.N. attack on Southern Africa even before the Rhodesian question was taken to the Security Council by Prime Minister Harold Wilson of Britain. On October 28 of last year the General Assembly of the U.N. voted to take over South West Africa in defiance of the ruling of the World Court that South Africa legally held the mandate over South West Africa. To take over South West Africa against South African military resistance would require a tremendous military force. The U.N. could only obtain this force by calling upon member nations under Article 43 of the U.N. Charter.
"In an alarming statement on October 21 of last
year, Senator Richard E. Russell, Chairman of the Armed Forces Committee
expressed his fears when he said:
Senator Russell's statement suggests that he is washing his hands in advance of threatened disaster, indicating that under its special treaty agreement the U.S.A. will have to provide massive military force to help attack Southern Africa if the Security Council orders this, and that American Congressional Representatives are powerless."
THE PRIME MINISTER IN ASIA
"I would hope that Cambodians would increasingly regard Australia as a friend sympathetic and willing to co-operate in furthering the aspirations for peaceful progress of peoples of the South-East Asian region." Mr. Holt in Cambodia. The Age April 4.
To a member of the Australian Government and
more especially the Prime Minister, the words "peaceful progress of
the peoples of South-East Asian region" must be directed towards those
whose policies are to resist and defeat the communist threat. The visit
of Mr. Holt to areas such as Cambodia will do much good in this direction
if Mr. Holt makes it clear to the various heads of state that Australia
really means business.
Mr. Holt received a cordial reception from the
Cambodians who claim that such things do not mean they are pro-Communist.
This is a good example of the truth that "politics is the art of the
possible. " The Cambodians would be foolish indeed to place their complete
faith in either the Australians or the Americans. We trade with the
Chinese, and bolster their economy, and both Australians and Americans
are following a policy of limited warfare with the Communists which
could well lead to a form of neutralism which the Cambodians well know
means leaving the Communists in the dominant position.
No doubt Prince Sihanouk asked Mr. Holt if there was any chance of Australia and America ever taking the gloves off against the Communists. Should this happen Cambodian "neutralism" would vanish overnight.
MR. MCNAMARA AIDS THE COMMUNISTS
"Mr. McNamara told a press conference in Washington yesterday the MIG bases had been left off the target list in North Vietnam because of the U.S. desire to avoid widening the war, to seek limited political objectives in Vietnam, and save the lives of U.S. pilots." The Age (Melbourne) April 5.
The refusal of the no-win political administrators in Washington to let their fighting men get on with the job of defeating the enemy is placing them under increasing fire. Mr. Robert McNamara has for a long time played a key role in the policy of weakening America and being nice to the Communists. Recent news has highlighted the fact that American plane losses hardly balance production. McNamara initiated the policy of disarmament some years ago. This policy caused his department to sell bombs in 1964 to Germany of $1.70 each and later re-buy them for $21. 00.
His policy of decreasing steadily American production
of essential up to date equipment for the armed sources has paralleled
his policy of withdrawing American bases from Strategic points. His
present policy in Vietnam complements his stand against declaring war.
According to a statement given to the Senate Armed Services Appropriations
Committee, McNamara said
We couldn't agree more. It would mean that the
Americans - and Australia would be committed to the policy of "there
is no substitute for victory." It was this policy, which the American
administrators of the time stopped MacArthur from pursuing in Korea,
and by doing so prepared the ground for the present conflict in Vietnam.
TERRORISTS OFFER ADEN TO RUSSIAN AS A BASE
"Russia has been promised the use of Aden as a naval and air base after South Arabia becomes independent if Moscow supports the Egyptian-backed Front for the Liberation of Occupied Southern Yemen (Flosy) in its attempts to seize power." The Australian March 31.
The vultures are hovering ready to devour the carcass, and Britain, once proud Great Britain the protector of the weak, the purveyor of law and justice to the four corners of the earth, is to deliver the carcass in 1968. And so the props are being prepared for the final decimation of Africa as a whole, and especially the white minority in the south.
Look at the map. With direct access to the Mediterranean,
control of the Red Sea, add to these the wonderful facilities of the
base at Aden with the Sudan, Ethiopia and Tanzania already heavily infiltrated
and relying on aid from the Chinese or U.S.S.R. and the stage is set
for the final moves against Rhodesia, South Africa, Angola and Mozambique.
ARCHBISHOP RAMSEY ON BOMBING OF NORTH VIETNAM
"The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Ramsey said last night he would like to see the United States take the initiative in Vietnam and stop bombing. He said 'we deplore the bombing, we also deplore the cruel things done on the other side, but there has to be an initiative, there has to be a breakthrough. I join with those who long to see America take the initiative by stopping the bombing'." The Australian March 31.
"Those", of course, would include every communist
in the world from Ho himself downward, every "liberal" from Bobbie Kennedy
through Senator Fulbright down to Bertrand Russell and hosts of fellow
travelers in all the countries of the West. All men of goodwill would,
of course, like to see an end to the horrors of the Vietnam war, to
napalm, to bombs, to maimed women and children, to the corruption of
entire populations, to its destructiveness and to the cost to all the
parties involved in men and money. But anyone who could seriously describe
a voluntary cessation of bombing by the U.S.A. as "taking the initiative"
cannot be regarded as other than a propagandist for the North Vietnamese
The whole thing is puzzling. Dr. Ramsey cannot
be averse to U.S. action by reason of a general or theological repugnance
to war and all that it entails, for was he not among the most vocal
advocate of the use of force against Rhodesia following UDI? And, whatever
one's views of the rights or wrongs of the Rhodesian government not
even Dr. Ramsey whose blindness to the realities of contemporary history
seems monumental, could accuse Rhodesians of loosing guerilla warfare
accompanied by the most horrible and deliberate atrocities against his
own people for the greater glory of communism.
DR. BANDA WITH MORE WISDOM
"President Banda urged a start in the dialogue between the leaders of South Africa and those of the rest of Africa yesterday." The policy of boycotts and shouts and the diplomacy of bluff and bluster have failed. " London Daily Telegraph report from The Australian, March 31.
President Banda of Malawi agreed with President
Nyerere of Tanzania that Africa was in a mess. He said,
ON TARGET BULLETIN
SUBJECT FOR DISCUSSION : LOCAL GOVERNMENT
Local government is the starting point in our whole system of government, it is by far the most important branch of government if we accept the principle that the prime purpose of government is to represent the policies of the individual person and protect him from the designs of those who would exploit their fellow in some way or another.
In Victoria a State election is about to take place and it is therefore an opportune time to consider the proper relationship between the States and Federal Government. If we are to ever control the excesses of the central government it will undoubtedly be when we have injected new life into the Local and State branches of the Government system. To this end the following questionnaire is being sent out by Victorian V.P.A.'s and individual actionists to all candidates in their particular electorates.
Question 1. Would you be prepared during the election to advocate the return to the States of sovereign financial power enabling the States to control their own policies in regard to Education, Health, Roads, Police, etc?
Question 2. Would you be prepared also through the election campaign to advocate that of the State Treasury? This being commensurate with a readjustment of Federal-State financial relationships.
Question 3. Would you agree it is time the Senate was restored to its original function as watchdog of State interests? If so, would you agree to take part in a statewide convention before the next Federal elections, such a convention to be composed of State Parliamentarians and Councilors of all shire and cities in Victoria, having as its objective the nomination of candidates for the Senate at the next Federal election?
It should be obvious to the student the intention behind this programme. This is to attack the Federal octopus by making representation in that body directly responsible for solving the problems of local government. By so doing an organic line of growth would be established between the individual electing his local shire councilor or alderman, to the individual representing his interests in the Federal sphere.
QUESTION: Criticisms and suggestions welcomed!
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