26 January 1968. Thought for the Week: "He who faces the sun does not see the shadows."
MR. CALWELL DISMISSES THREAT OF COMMUNIST CHINA
"I firmly believe that Communist China does not constitute a threat to Australia or to any other country now, or in the proximate future...The basis of our Government's case for our continued involvement, alongside the United States, is that unless the war in Vietnam is won China will soon conquer the whole of South-East Asia and, ultimately, Australia. This is just so much unadulterated nonsense. China is in no position to attack anybody and, particularly, Australia separated, as we are, by thousands of miles of ocean." Mr. Arthur Calwell, M.P former Leader of the Australian Labor Party Opposition, in The Herald, Melbourne, January 23.
Since returning from his trip overseas, during which he was persuaded that Australia was a "hillbilly" country compared with the wonderful Soviet Union, which is bristling with "progress", Mr. Arthur Calwell has been given adequate opportunities to outline his views on a wide variety of subjects. The Communist Tribune is delighted with most of Mr. Calwell's views. He fosters the Communist propaganda "line" that the war in Vietnam is really only a civil war in which Americans and Australians have no part.
In his Herald article quoted above, Mr.
Calwell falsifies history by stating that, "The Vietnam war began as
a civil war when the National Liberation Front was formed to oppose
the corrupt Diem regime." Mr. Calwell has apparently not heard of the
irrefutable evidence provided by the Communists themselves, that when
the Diem regime refused to collapse, as was confidently anticipated,
it was formally agreed in Hanoi that a campaign of revolution and terror
had to be unleashed against South Vietnam.
Let us briefly examine some of the evidence
concerning the revolutionary intentions of the Chinese Communist leaders.
On April 29, 1954, Republican Senator Knowland read into the U.S. Congressional
Record Mao-Tse -tung's strategy for world conquest as taken to the Soviet
Union in 1953 by Chou En-lai. No Communist leader has ever denied the
authenticity of this strategy. Mao Tse tung stressed that a major conflict
had to be avoided because of the greater strength of the West. "The
United States must be isolated by all possible means. Britain must be
placated by being convinced that there is a possibility of settling
the major issues between East and West and that the Communist and capitalist
countries can live in peace. Opportunities for trade will have a great
influence on the British mind.
Then came the suggestion that after South-East
Asia had been "liberated", 20 million well-trained troops should be
available to "force the capitalist countries to keep on increasing defence
expenditure until economic collapse overtakes them."
Mao Tse-tung went on to say that after the "liberation"
of Vietnam, Burma and Thailand would capitulate, and that Indonesia
would fall to the Communist camp like ripe fruit and the Malay peninsular
would be encircled. Unfortunately for Mao the Americans did eventually
provide an intervention in Vietnam, and the Chinese-backed coup in Indonesia
in 1965 backfired through a miracle. We presume that Mr. Calwell has
heard of what happened in Indonesia, when the Chinese Communists, although
a long way from Indonesia, were able to come within a hairbreadth of
taking over Indonesia. If they had, Australia would now be sharing a
border with the Communists in New Guinea.
We recommend for Mr. Calwell's reading the address
by Lin Piao, Mao Tse-tung's minister for Defence, as published in the
Peking Review of September 3, 1965 and subsequently republished
in booklet form. Here we have outlined the current concept of global
strategy with the "global cities" of Western Europe and America being
encircled through the "global rural areas" of Asia, Africa, and Latin
We wonder if Mr. Calwell has heard of the Communist trained and equipped terrorists operating in Africa, Latin America and South-East Asia? At the Tricontinental Conference held in Cuba in January 1966, attended by top Communists from both Moscow and Peking, the leader of the Peking delegation, Wu Hsueh-chien said, "The most effective weapon to defeat U.S.A. imperialism and all reactionaries is to use revolutionary violence and wage people's wars."
The Chinese Communists are engaged in carrying
out their own advice. And yet there are men like Mr. Arthur Calwell
who cannot see this. There is only one observation in Mr. Calwell's
Herald article with which we agree. He writes that, "Russia is
supplying more than 70 per cent of North Vietnam's war needs, . . .It
suits Russia to underwrite Vietnam's independence because of her territorial
interests in Asia." But then Mr. Calwell would have Australians believe
that they have no worries because the Soviet Union is helping North
Vietnam to prevent the spread of Chinese influence throughout Vietnam
and other Southeast Asian countries.
As might be expected, Mr. Calwell has strongly
supported Socialist Harold Wilson's speeding up of withdrawing British
forces from South-East Asia and taken the opportunity of reminding Australians
that he was opposed to Australian support for the British in Malaya
in the past. To Mr. Calwell there is no Communist problem at all, anywhere.
COMMUNIST "FRONT" TO FOSTER ANTI SOUTH AFRICAN PROPAGANDA
"Prisoners in South African goals are maltreated and tortured. Electro therapeutic machines are used for this purpose, according to ex-chief warders Theron and Harold Strachan. Intimidation is being used against the legal profession by striking off the rolls lawyers who are listed by the minister as 'communists'." - Alf Watt, who describes himself as secretary, Friends of Africa, in a letter specially featured in The Australian. January 23.
Neither Mr. Watts nor The Australian pointed
out that Friends of Africa is a Communist "front" organisation, set
up for the purpose of exploiting Australians who, while not Communists,
have been badly misled by anti-South African propaganda. Mr. Watt also
had a featured letter in The Australian of January 16, in which
he made an appeal for support for the 37 terrorists tried for their
murderous activities in South-West Africa. In his letter of January
23 Mr. Watt brushes aside the fact that The World Court had dismissed
the appeal against South Africa's alleged violation of the terms of
its mandate over South-West Africa, claiming that this was on "legal
grounds, and not the merits of the case."
It is true that shortly after the World Court
handed down its decision in favour of South Africa the UN General Assembly
carried a resolution calling for UN control of South-West Africa. But
most of those who voted for this resolution represent Communist tyrannies,
one-party dictatorships, and countries where there is no voting of any
Southern Africa, which includes South Africa,
Rhodesia and the Portuguese territories of Angola and Mozambique, are
one of the main strategic targets of the Communists. The attack on South
Africa is being concentrated on South-West Africa. The allegations by
Mr. Watt are completely without foundation. They are no more reliable
than those of the ex-warders he quotes, who subsequently had to admit
that they had made false statements.
MAJOR INDUSTRIAL BATTLE TO ERUPT
"In the past 10 days strike action has paralysed the Australian postal service; in the next 10 days further strike action could immobilise a large part of Australian secondary industry. This major clash - predicted with equal conviction by employers and trade union leaders - will be over the new rates of pay in the Federal Metal Trades award, which came into effect yesterday. " - The Age, Melbourne, January 23.
Constant clashes between employers and employees over wages appear to confirm the Communist teaching that these clashes are an inevitable feature of the class war. According to the Communists, a revolutionary situation only develops when there is extreme crisis, affecting both employers and employees. But the constant clashes between employers and employees are not inevitable; they are the result of a deliberate policy of inflationary financial credit expansion. The financial policy of most Governments is dictated by the Communists" philosophic brothers, the Fabian Socialists, some of whose leading spokesmen have frankly admitted that an inflationary credit expansion policy must inevitably produce social friction which can then be exploited to justify more Government controls. (See The Fabian Socialist Contribution to The Communist Advance, price 50 cents post-free)
The constant rise in the price level ("controlled
inflation" is the term used to describe this) generates constant demands
for higher wages. But higher wages do not permanently solve the problem
because increased wage costs must be costed into higher prices. And
so the vicious circle goes on, with the Communists exploiting the situation.
In very few cases can increased wage costs be financed out of profits.
It is the responsibility of the Government to ensure that the monetary measure of purchasing power is not progressively debased. Increasing wage costs is no solution. Other methods of increasing purchasing power commensurate with increased production must be employed before mounting industrial unrest places the Communists in a completely dominating position in the Australian Trade Union Movement.
If the Government's present economic advisers are unable or unwilling to recommend modifications of financial policies which produce increasing inflation and friction between different sections of the community the Government should replace them.
ON TARGET BULLETIN
SUBJECT FOR DISCUSSION
TARGETS FOR THE WEEK
Letters should be sent to the Prime Minister,
Senator Gorton, congratulating the Government on its firm stand on the
Actionists should write to their Federal Members, Senators, and to the press, stressing that Australia cannot help Asians, or Africans, by bringing some of them to Australia. Educated and skilled leaders from Asia should surely be in their own countries helping them to overcome their problems. This is a most important matter.
Note that, as usual, the Communists associate themselves with every attack on an immigration policy, which has prevented the creation in Australia of the type of problem the Communists have been able to exploit in other countries. Australians can best help other countries by remaining true to their own traditions.
Victorian actionists have been using their initiative
in opposing the introduction of the principle of compulsory mass medication
through fluoridating water supplies.
NATIONAL CO-ORDINATOR OF VPA'sOnce again we urge the vital importance of regular reporting to Mr. John Ball, National Co-coordinator of the VPA's.
His new address is Hill Martin Lane, Diamond Creek, Victoria.
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