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7 March 1980. Thought for the Week: "Try asking a malignant tumor what makes it grow. It simply cannot behave otherwise. The same is true of communism, driven by a malevolent and irrational instinct for world domination, it cannot help seizing even more lands. Communism is something new, unprecedented in world history; it is fruitless to seek analogies. All warnings to the West about the pitiless and insatiable nature of Communist regimes have proved to be in vain because the acceptance of such a view is terrifying. (Did not the Afghan tragedy in fact take place two years ago? But the West shut its eyes and postponed recognising the problem - all for the sake of an illusionary detente) ... Most amazing is that the Communists themselves have for decades loudly proclaimed their goal of destroying the bourgeois world while the West merely smiled at what seemed to be an extravagant joke."
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn in "Time", February 18th.
RUNNING UP THE WHITE SURRENDER FLAG IN N.Z.
By Eric D. Butler
An examination of New Zealand's trade relations with the Soviet Union shows that, according to orthodox economic wisdom, New Zealand has an extremely "favourable" balance. New Zealand exports to the Soviet approximately 24 times more than it imports from the Soviet. This is not as "favourable" as Australia's trade balance of approximately 40 to one, but it helps explain Mr. Talboys' insistence that New Zealand is dependent upon the Soviet Union. He made the point in Washington that New Zealand had been forced to find new markets, including the Soviet Union, for its primary products because of the protectionist policies of its allies, including the U.S.A. The British surrender to the Common Market had devastating effects upon New Zealand exports to the United Kingdom.
As I explained to New Zealand audiences,
the Soviet Union was winning "hands down" on the Afghanistan
issue because the West, including New Zealand, insisted that
it must continue sending economic blood transfusions to the
Soviet. When I was a small boy and used to play marbles, I
recall how we often "swapped" marbles of different sizes.
But if after a "swap" with Billy Jones, I noticed that Billy
had more value in marbles than I had, perhaps having ten marbles
to my seven, I reacted by saying, "You dirty little cheat,
you have done me for three marbles."
The Soviet can only pay for food, wool
and minerals by using credits, which have been loaned from
the West. Communist teaching has always stressed that the
"capitalist system" contains "inherent contradictions" which
make it "inevitable" that there is a progressive surrender
to Communism. I pointed out at my final New Zealand meeting
that Mr. Talboys had now formally confirmed that the New Zealand
surrender was taking place. My comments stirred a member of
my audience, a young woolgrower, and an office holder of the
National Party, to propose a motion that in view of Mr. Talboys'
abject surrender in the face of Communist economic warfare,
that he be sent a white flag to be flown as a symbol of his
Government's surrender! The motion was carried unanimously
and the woolgrower's wife said after the meeting that she
strongly supported her husband and was going home to prepare
the white flag.
ZAMBIA AND THE FUTURE OF SOUTHERN AFRICA
Our special Rhodesian correspondent forwarded the report below on February 9th. Even though the election results from Rhodesia are not to hand as we go to press, they will not alter the significance of our correspondent's comments:
Heard on ZRBC/TV news at 6 p.m. on February 7th, not repeated on the main news at 7.45 p.m., and tucked away at the foot of an inside page of the "Herald" next morning, was an announcement of prime importance to the future of Southern Africa. It read: "A Zambian Government spokesman yesterday confirmed reports that Zambia was buying arms worth more than R75 million, including 16 MiG-21 Combat aircraft, from the Soviet Union. The spokesman would give no further details on the arms deal, first reported nearly a week ago. However, sources in the Zambian capital have said that in addition to the MiG-21s the Russians will supply Zambia with artillery and armoured cars. More than 200 Zambians are currently in the Soviet undergoing training on the new equipment."
Of course, no one believes that the inefficient, bankrupt Zambian Government, which cannot afford even to feed its own people, is "buying' these arms, which can in no way be related to Zambia's defensive needs. All the announcement means is that Zambia has now officially become a communist occupied country and the spearhead of the future Soviet attack on Southern Africa; and that, whatever the outcome of the "free and fair" elections to be held in Zimbabwe-Rhodesia, February 27-29, the Soviets intend to continue their attack on Southern Africa. Thus Zambia joins Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Poland, Afghanistan, etc. etc., as a Soviet satellite.
No doubt, if the matter should ever be raised at the United Nations, the USSR will be able to prove that it was invited into Zambia by some small communist clique speaking in the name of the oppressed people of Zambia, in order to liberate something or somebody...etc. Meanwhile, the humanitarian Rhodesian and South African Governments opened the Zambia border for the express purpose of sending maize into Zambia in large quantities to feed the millions of Zambians who are at near starvation point owing to the inefficiency, corruption and laziness of their government; thus repeating the USA's mistake in dumping grain on the USSR in order to liberate the Russian peasant from the necessity of growing food and permitting enormous manpower to be diverted to the manufacture of missiles, tanks and armaments for use against the West.
In spite of the fact that Rhodesia has at present no government to represent Rhodesia's interests, there are signs that the South African Government is having second thoughts about its humanitarian role. In the "Herald" (February 9th) is this item: "No Maize has been loaded in South Africa for Zambia since February 1st because of 'a delay in financial arrangements', a spokesman for Zimbabwe-Rhodesia Railways said yesterday. When shipments were resumed on January 10th, ZRR was in a position to accept about 220 trucks of maize a week to go to Zambia via Victoria Falls. The spokesman said that of the 300 trucks loaded in South Africa from that date, 215 had been received by ZRR and 176 had been handed over to Zambia Railways. Of the 128 trucks loaded in South Africa and destined for Liona Den via Beitbridge, 101 had been handed over to ZRR".
Zambia should be taught a hard lesson; guns or butter - rather, MiGs or maize - but not both. The USSR is always generous in supplying arms and surrogate troops but not food. Properly applied, the withdrawal of assistance in providing food can be an effective weapon against Soviet advance. Famine has always been a persuasive recruiting officer; and if Zambia is threatened with starvation, it may one day prefer South Africa and Rhodesia's maize to the USSR's MiGs.
FROM THE V.P.As AND ACTIONISTS
A Diamond Valley Actionist (Vic.) has sent in a letter from a local newspaper on the subject of schooling and standards. We do not know the writer of the letter: the actionist was impressed and sent it to us. We think it is good enough to reprint:
"My sons, aged nine and seven, attend
a local primary school. I was invited to be present... at
a discussion with their teachers and to receive their reports.
"The older boy was awarded "Bs" with the exception of an "A"
for spelling. When I produced his workbook containing many
errors in spelling and grammar, I was told: 'You are too hard
on your son. The work contained in the book relates to free
expression; it does not matter whether it is correct. He is
well above the class average, and as such cannot expect to
receive more attention - some of the children are on a much
lower level - some cannot even add or subtract correctly!
(These children are in Grade 4).
"I am proud of my Anglo-Saxon ancestry
- just as those people who have taken the gamble to uproot
their lives and those of their families from lands other than
the United Kingdom, to come and settle and contribute in many
ways - socially, culturally, and economically - to the ongoing
benefit of themselves and this nation. "Their father and I
were state school educated, sometimes in classes of up to
60 pupils - twice the number of today's average classes -
and education which has given us the motivation and self respect
to hold responsible positions. "This learning process was
'instilled' in us by people dedicated to their profession,
and belief in the future citizens of this country.
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