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18 January 1980. Thought for the Week: "It was only when I lay there on rotten prison straw that I sensed within myself the first stirrings of good. Gradually it was disclosed to me that the line separating Good and Evil passes, not through States nor between political classes, but right through every human heart - and through all human hearts... And that is why I turn back to the years of my Imprisonment and say, sometimes to the astonishment of those about me; 'Bless you, prison, for having been in my life."
RETREATING TOWARDS 1984
In his New Year message to the Nation, Prime Minister Fraser provided yet another example of the shallow approach by the modern party political leaders to the great issues confronting a disintegrating Civilisation. Like some of his colleagues, Mr. Fraser spoke optimistically about prospects for the coming decade of the 80s. Mr. Fraser, of course, has to face an election this year. But unless his Government drastically changes the financial policies, which have made a mockery of promises given before the last two Federal Elections, it does not really matter whether Mr. Bill Hayden or Mr. Fraser is Prime Minister.
During the past decade, Australia has had both Liberal-National Coalition Governments and a Labor Government. The sheer ineptitude of the Gorton and McMahon Governments paved the way for the Whitlam Government. The Whitlam policies produced the electoral backlash, which brought Malcolm Fraser to office. But during this decade can any honest person point to any basic changes in Australia?
The Imposition of taxation became progressively harsher. High inflation continued, the Fraser Government forcing only a temporary reduction by a financial policy which has helped swell the ranks of the unemployed and increased the number of business bankruptcies. Social disintegration continued.
A much more reliable witness than Mr. Fraser and his fellow politicians concerning prospects for the next decade is Mr. Malcolm Muggeridge. After reviewing the disasters of the past decade, which he describes as one of the "lost utopias", Muggeridge writes; "A good place for considering how matters now stand as between the two so-called superpowers in the light of this great accession of Russian power is standing on the Berlin Wall, with on one side the Western city, on the other the Eastern city, and in between the no man's land dividing the two, with its land mines, its armed patrols, its guard dogs and lookout posts. "Let us suppose we are standing on the Wall at dusk. In West Berlin already the neon lights are already coming out, announcing the evening's pleasures, restaurants and hotels, striptease joints and sex shops, theatres and cinemas and discos, the news even, in dancing illuminated letters - all the munificence in entertainment, pleasure and refreshments 20th century hedonism has to offer, spelt out in luminous words against the gathering darkness; the pursuit of happiness like a rainbow across the sky. "Then, in East Berlin, the characteristic evening street scene in any communist city - pedestrians hurrying homeward with that curious, somehow furtive walk of people who have grown accustomed to living with fear and privation; shops with few goods to display in their windows, and only very occasional motor cars; lights coming out meagerly one by one, by comparison with the blaze across the way, and with the frontier so near, a noticeable police presence.... "At a walk, two lost utopias conjoin, and like two drunks, in a certain sense hold on to one another, their confrontation being clearly in terms, not of freedom and servitude, but of two different kinds of servitude."
Nothing has so dramatically and chillingly demonstrated
the servitude of the West than the pathetic attempt to meet the Soviet's
latest demonstration of its determination to use naked power when necessary
to expand its Empire. President Carter, by an apparent show of strength,
may restore his electoral stocks with an American electorate, which
has first been humiliated and frustrated by the treatment of American
hostages in Iran, and now shocked by the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.
But why the shock about events in Afghanistan? The Afghanistan affair
is but a continuation of a policy, which resulted in the use of brutal
force in Hungary and Czechoslovakia. When the Soviet airlifted Cuban
troops into Angola, Solzhenitsyn warned that the first blow had been
struck in the Third World War, which would decide the future of Civilisation.
The West prevented South Africa from beating back the Communist invasion
of Africa, allowing the Soviet to use Cuban troops at will in different
parts of the African continent. The Soviet conquest of Ethiopia was
as much a threat to the West as the move into Afghanistan.
The Crown Commonwealth League of Rights, representing
the British, Canadian, New Zealand and Australian League of Rights,
is the only association in the Free World, which has thoroughly exposed
and documented what can only be described as a policy of treachery,
and has campaigned actively for an end to the treachery. Now President
Carter has - in an election year! - conceded that the Soviet, whom he
has been aiding and abetting, could be vulnerable to some type of sanctions.
Prime Minister Fraser and his Deputy, Mr. Doug Anthony, have belatedly
also conceded that the League was right.
As we have so often pointed out, the basic Achilles heel of the West is a finance-economic policy which forces it to strive to pour an increasing flood of production out of industrialised nations in a desperate attempt to make internal economies operate. The Soviet strategists understand this and must watch with amused contempt the futile attempts of President Carter to have imposed a major economic blockade of the Soviet. The West German and French Governments have already made it clear that they have no intention of stopping vital technological aid to the Soviet. We will predict now that after some ineffective wrist tapping no effective action will be taken against the Soviet.
As the brilliant British anti-Communist expert
and military strategist, Sir Robert Thompson, has frankly stated, the
only hope now for the West is a coordinated Western political and psychological
offensive against the Soviet. But unless that offensive is undertaken,
it is only a matter of time before the Soviet moves from Afghanistan
into a disintegrating Iran.
When he was writing "Nineteen Eighty Four" in 1948, Orwell was a sick and dying man. He died two years later at the age of 47. The decade of the 80s will decide whether Orwell prophesised correctly or not. Nothing now can be done about the past - except to learn its lessons so that action may be taken to preserve freedom, now struggling to survive like a small candle buffeted by mounting storm winds. The 1980s will prove to be the decade of truth. The deceitful vaporings of the party politicians must be spurned. Reality, however unpleasant, must be faced. Events are graphically confirming the work of the League of Rights over many long years. Regretfully, as Solzhenitsyn pointed out, Reality is the great teacher. Freedom is appreciated only when it is lost, or is seriously threatened. Those responsible for the conduct of the League have systematically prepared for what they knew must be the period of great testing. That period is now upon us. Great demands, - physical, moral and financial will be made upon all supporters of this and other League journals. If we fail to meet these demands, all will be lost. We pray to God that we shall not stumble at this time.
BRIEF COMMENTSA spokesman for the "Patriotic" Front has been quoted as saying that the role of Prime Minister Fraser at the Lusaka Commonwealth Conference, which paved the way for the "agreement" concerning Rhodesia, was appreciated by the Front. All the developments since Lusaka have paved the way for a Marxist takeover in Rhodesia. Mr. Patrick Wall, M.P., Chairman of the British Conservative Parliamentary Affairs Committee, and an authority on Southern Africa, warns that the Constitution agreed to at the Lancaster House Conference is no guarantee of the future of the Europeans in Rhodesia, including those in the public service. The brave Rev. Father Arthur Lewis of the Rhodesia Christian Group bluntly states, "Not for nothing is Rhodesia to be called Zimbabwe - a ruin built by slaves. A ruined land will help the Soviet to control the people and the British to extract the minerals." The West's betrayal of little Rhodesia was one of the most sickening episodes of the 70s.
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