28 April 1967. Thought for the Week: "They said this mystery shall never cease: The priest promotes war, and the soldier peace. "
ANZAC DAY AND NATIONHOOD
"To many of the younger generation the Anzac
march was a spectacle largely meaningless
If it is meaningless, the
reason is largely because their elders have not tried to enthuse them
with the glory of their great traditions."
We are often told that Anzac Day, April 25 originating at the Gallipoli Peninsula in 1915, is the day Australia came of age and achieved Nationhood. There is some truth in this view and Anzac Day more than any other day in the calendar pinpoints for Australians the virtues, which we admire, tenacity, courage, sacrifice and loyalty to a common purpose.
Nationalism and the solidarity, which comes
from it, is the fruit of many factors. A homogeneous population, a strong
religious base, a broad agreement on loyalties, no serious political
divisions; these are some of the essentials. All these were present
when Australians answered the call to join their British compatriots
and fight beside them in the First World War.
In the twenty-two years that have elapsed since
1945, the basis of national strength in Australia, as in other parts
of the civilised world, has been sapped of its inbuilt strengths, patriotism,
religious belief; all of which are constantly attacked and are now in
full retreat. It seems trite to point out that this erosion can only
take place if the processes governing thought, understanding and the
resultant spiritual values are perverted in the younger generation.
The campaign in Australia against our battle in Vietnam is predominately lead by educators and clergymen who are the main influence in shaping the opinions of the younger generation. By their outspokenness they constitute the main opinion, as those who dissent are rarely, if ever, heard.
"We shall affirm that patriotism is rooted in
the divine order
"Professor F.J. Hird of Melbourne University argued for the non-existence of free will " " If one accepts this notion of no responsibility, then there are important implications for society, " Prof. Hird said. The Age, April 20.
"Professor G.J.V. Nossal the director of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, Melbourne, said he was confident that man would begin practicing some effective and acceptable form of eugenics in the near future." The Australian, April 20.
Both of these irresponsible individuals (accepting Prof. Hird at his word) were speaking on the platform of the Victorian Fabian Society, a society devoted to the destruction of individual initiative, free enterprise, and family life other than on a farmyard basis; hence Prof. Nossal's dream of a master race, which was something we thought had been buried in the ruins of Nazi Germany. Such prognostications by two "non-individuals" (remembering again that free will is non existent) with powerful influence to direct the minds of students is surely a classical example and sober warning of the Orwellian nightmare now rapidly approaching.
It is appropriate to recall that the Fabian Society has as its main objective "Socialism by Stealth." By infiltration of political and educational institutions we are to be delivered into a sovietised society. In fact the Fabians claim the credit for socialising Russia.
In a message to the Fabian Society when celebrating
their diamond jubilee, the late George Bernard Shaw sent the following
Between them, Professors Nossal and Hird with
advocacy of selective breeding, non-responsibility, absence of free-will,
murderers must not be hanged (as they are not responsible) advocacy
of mechanistic birth control rather than through individual responsibility,
U.S.S.R. & CHINESE AID TO NORTH VIETNAM
"Much attention has been directed to the volume of American aid for the South. It has never been publicised that bloc aid for the North matched the American effort almost dollar for dollar." Denis Warner. The Herald (Melbourne) April 20.
This report from a man considered being a top
expert in Asian affairs was confined to the back pages of the Melbourne
Herald news section. It is packed with factual figures of aid
from U.S.S.R. and China. Warner asserts that this aid matches anything
given to the South from the Allies, and at times surpasses it. He points
to the factor we have repeatedly exposed - North Vietnams dependence
upon aid from rail links from Hanoi to China. Warner asserts that the
rail links are kept open with the help of as many as 80,000 Chinese
technicians - repeat, Chinese, not North Vietnamese technicians. And
they have been there since 1961.
Warner goes on to say these Chinese in Vietnam
are "helped by the taboos of war." The bridge across the Red River,
immediately outside Hanoi is the vital link for both lines, (one going
to Kunming to the North West the other north to Canton.)
WHAT WILL YOUR AID TO INDIA BUY?
"Mr. Chagla the Foreign Minister of India, the most populous of the World's mendicant nations, said last week that failing a joint guarantee by the US and Russia against nuclear attack by China, India would be forced to begin making its own nuclear arsenal. We are under imminent threat by a country that has become nuclear. China is determined to keep India nervous and her economy drained into defence so that subversion would be easy." The Australian, April 18.
If there were any truth in the above statement, then surely the correct Indian tactic would be not to drain her economy into defence by embarking upon the manufacture of nuclear weapons!
What truth is there in Mr. Chagla's statement? To the unbiased observer there hardly seems much need for China to expend effort on facilitating the subversion of India. With millions of Indians starving, with political and economic chaos, and with endemic governmental corruption on a scale, which seems always to frustrate improvement China must surely feel that the preparation of a revolutionary seedbed is being quite competently handled by the present Indian government. Because of all this, and because India has always been so vocal in claiming a moral right to as much help as the better governed nations can be persuaded to provide, surely Mr. Chagla's threat must be one of the most irresponsible statements of our time.
The complete divorcement of the Indian political mind from the hard realities of the Indian situation is a factor, which the West fails to take into account of its increasing peril. The Indian sub-continent could fall into the hands of the Communists overnight, and completely change the whole situation in Asia.
DID YOU SEE?
The refreshing outspokenness of Mr. Hasluck at
SEATO over the British Socialists withdrawal from Asia Mr. Hasluck reminded
Mr. Brown that, "Britain had a long standing responsibility."
Walter Lippman attacks Mr. Hasluck, The Age,
April 21, for his statement that "lack of interest in Asia today is
isolation in its most feckless form."
The prediction by Cuba's Communist leader, Castro
that there would be "A growing wave of guerilla warfare throughout Latin
America." The Age, April 21.
The appeal by the U.S.S.R. to China "to end their
differences and unite to defeat, America in Vietnam." Melbourne Herald,
The castigation by U.S.S.R. of Australia for
our support of the anti-Communist forces in Vietnam. The Communists
had accused us of barbarous crimes in Vietnam." The Age, April
Further disintegration of Nigeria as "the eastern
region of Nigeria yesterday broke major ties with the rest of the country
and seized 10 Federal concerns, including Radio Nigeria." The Australian,
ON TARGET BULLETIN
STATE ELECTIONS AND LOCAL OBJECTIVES
The campaign being conducted through the Victorian
V.P.A.'s and other interested individuals are producing very worthwhile
results. Replies and reactions coming in from candidates are indicative
of a real interest. It is significant that in the first instance of
D.L.P. candidates being approached with the questionnaire they refused
to answer until consulting with their central executive. The answers
now being received however completely endorse the proposals with the
exception of the second part of the third question where they retain
their objective of endorsing DLP candidates for the Senate.
We are of course under no illusion in regard
to political parties who are the underdogs and seeking support taking
up causes, which they feel, may gain them sympathy. The point is that
these proposals are now obtaining very worthwhile publicity.
There is a wide field of activity open to our people after the elections in taking up the questions with those elected and their local councilors.
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