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6 May 1966. Thought for the Week: "A society is vital precisely to the extent it believes there are many things more important than the preservation of life."
Franz Borkenau, writing in "Horizon" in the midst of World War II.
WILL WILSON REALLY NEGOTIATE
We have every reason to be thankful for recent
developments in regards to Rhodesia. Following Senator Gorton's statement
just prior to Mr. Hasluck's return from overseas, this was followed
by an equally strong statement by Mr. Hasluck who said he had made it
clear to Mr. Wilson and also to U Thant that Australia would not impose
further restrictions upon Rhodesia. According to The Australian
29.4.66 Mr. Hasluck implied that the Government was not happy about
them being involved in a policy of sanctions against Rhodesia, and on
no account would support a policy of force against Rhodesia.
However it is far too early to be optimistic and believe that Wilson will retreat. We are only at the beginning of the dialectic exercise, which conditions the thinking of such dedicated socialists. It may well be that Wilson will make a pretense at opening negotiations on terms impossible to Rhodesia. With the rejection of such terms he will then be justified in using the force, which is so dear to the hearts of all dedicated socialists who come up against the realities of uncompromising opposition. The use of force or retreat is the only alternatives open to Mr. Wilson.
PRESIDENT KAUNDA WAVES THE CLUB AGAIN
It must be frustrating for Mr. Kaunda, President
of Zambia, Rhodesia's neighbour. Having gained power by all the methods,
which the Rhodesians have rejected he continually postures and threatens
to take action. After all it paid off in every other case, with "world
opinion" the U.N. and every device of power being used to bring magical
"independence" to the black nationalists.
His petulance showed again in the week-end when he announced that he would give Britain seven days to move against Rhodesia, at the end of which he would "make Zambia's position clear." Mr. Kaunda can only rely upon sophisticated warfare on Rhodesia from resources other than his own. His further statement that "life in Zambia would not be worth living" could well allude to his own political demise, Zambia has become the harbour of highly organised terrorist organisations and the terror of the Congo could well be unleashed upon the hapless Zambians.
MR. HOLT: MR. McNAMARA: VIETNAM
Mr. Holt's observations regarding the realities
of the war in Vietnam are pertinent and to the point, however they are
not the full story. When observing that the picture painted of Vietnam
by the press was not the reality of the situation in Vietnam, Mr. Holt
was merely coming up against one aspect of the real war as waged by
the International Communist conspiracy, namely that of propaganda being
used incessantly to soften up the western world.
At least two reports in the last week are significant
in this respect.
Amongst a lot of double talk on this issue Mr. McNamara clearly defined present U.S. policy. "Our objective in Vietnam is very limited," "It is not to overthrow the Communist Government of North Vietnam. It is only to permit the South Vietnamese to choose their own institutions under which to live." Melbourne "Age" 4.5.66.
Such a statement gives the Communists great heart.
They know whatever mistakes they make, so long as this is Western policy
then it is only a matter of time before they win. Western patriots have
the task of changing their Governments policy of containment before
they have any hope of defeating the Communists. There are many indications
that this battle can be won.
MR. HASLUCK AND YUGOSLAVIA
The announcement by Mr. Paul Hasluck Minister
for External-Affairs, that Australia would exchange Ambassadors with
Yugoslavia is indicative of the loose thinking, which has characterised
Mr. Hasluck's approach to the problem of dealing with Communism ever
since he took over the important job of handling Australia's foreign
policy. Shortly after taking the job Mr. Hasluck went to Russia and
came back advocating increased trade and exchange of "cultural" groups.
On his recent trip he made the astonishing assertion Russia had been
successfully "contained", and that we should pursue a similar policy
with China before we could expect her to be friendly.
We have every reason to believe that Mr. Hasluck is a very decent fellow, but he seems to allow this sentiment to fashion his dealings with ruthless international gangsters, believing they will act similarly to him. A fruitless hope.
CABOT LODGE AND THE CATHOLICS IN VIETNAMAnother healthy sign that the realities of the disasters in Vietnam are now being recognised is the report in "The Australian" 3.5.66 that Catholics have demanded that U.S. withdraw its ambassador, Mr. Henry Cabot Lodge. Mr. Lodges pro-Buddhist sympathies are under fire, especially his relationship with Thich Tri Quang, the Buddhist monk whose predisposition to follow the Communist line with such dear devotion is a continuous threat to the welfare of the South Vietnamese. It would be sound politics to replace Mr. Lodge and it will be interesting to see if there is any reaction from America on the proposal.
"DEMOCRACY" IN KENYA
That outstanding democrat Mr. Jomo Kenyatta President
of Kenya continues to show his true colours and in the process reflect
the realities of African politics as practiced in the newly "independent"
nations of Africa. Faced with a revolt from his one party parliament
he has decreed that those opposed to him should resign their seats and
seek re-election. In this case the incipient revolt is lead by Mr. Odinga.
Odinga the Marxist revolutionary who is reported to be organising a
return of the Mau Mau to Kenya.
It is obvious from the report in "The Australian" 3.5.66 that Mr. Kenyatta was using the same appeal to the superstitious mind of the Africans to oust Mr. Odinga and his followers, as he used to bring about the Mau Mau revolt.
THE CONTROL OF THE POLICE
Communist policy in western countries is to continuously
undermine the forces of law and order. The police force comes in for
special attention. With all the attendant problems of the huge urbanised
communities resulting from the over centralised concentration of economic
and political power, the police forces throughout the western world
have an unenviable task. Being human and subject to great strain there
is no doubt that some policemen depart from the strict codes of discipline
and honour which is traditionally the backbone of Australian police
There have been signs recently of standard Communist techniques of undermining confidence in the police forces. After the demonstrations organised against conscription and Vietnam invariably the police have been accused of employing undue harshness in controlling such demonstrations. In America this type of criticsm has been consistently and widely promoted leading to the establishment of civilian boards of review for police forces. These boards are open to penetration by those concerned to use the police as a political instrument. It is to be hoped that the recent controversy in N.S.W. over the controls of the police will not lead to any departure such as mentioned above.
SANCTIONS ON SOUTH AFRICA?
The abstruse oriental mind of U Thant demonstrated
itself in a recent report in The Melbourne "Age" 3.5.66
Well now! There has been no fighting or violence in South Africa ever since they took steps to control the minority of Communist revolutionaries organizing terrorist activities. Perhaps it is this deplorable lack of violence, unlike the U.N. activities wherever they interfere, which perplexes U. Thant. And no doubt he wishes to remedy the situation in line with the proposed activities initiated by the Communists in South Africa.
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