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14 October 1966. Thought for the Week: "Freedom is not free. Each generation must water it with blood, sweat and tears if it is to be transmitted untarnished. Liberty is indivisible. If it is diminished in Salisbury, it dies a little in Washington. It must be worked for and died for by freemen, everywhere."
"Liberty Line" (U.S.A.), June 29, 1966.
VIETNAM TROOPS ARE VOLUNTEERS
Throughout this year large numbers of stickers have been displayed on motorcars and elsewhere, bearing the slogan "No conscripts for Vietnam". This slogan will be used extensively during the coming Federal Election campaign. But the slogan is dangerously misleading, and the fact that even supporters of the Government have not attempted to stress this, indicates how a slogan repeated often enough, can become accepted as true.
The case for or against compulsorily sending
Australian troops overseas is not being argued here. But the truth about
Australian troops in Vietnam is as follows:
As the alternatives are made clear to every young man when he registers (as witnessed by the Form NSla), it is a logical conclusion that any national serviceman in Vietnam is in fact a volunteer, not a conscript. Those who claim that there should be no compulsory National Service training of any description are supporting the type of policy, which resulted in large numbers of young Australians, with no real training behind them, paying a heavy price as they met the Japanese advance in New Guinea during the Pacific War.
The present plight of the world demands that
as far as it is practical, every citizen bears a share of the effort
necessary to ensure the nation's security and future. Those who stress
that it is tragic that it is the young men who have to make the biggest
contribution, and who may be called upon to risk their lives should
ponder on the fact that the present perilous plight of the world, which
makes military training necessary is the result of the policies of the
International Communist Conspiracy.
A LIBERAL PARTY CANDIDATE AND ROBERT RESHA
In the last two issues of "On Target"
we have dealt with the visit to Australia by Mr. Robert Resha, pro-Communist
leader of the banned African National Congress (South Africa). While
it was only to be expected that Mr. Resha would be closely associated
with well-known Leftists during his Australian tour, there has been
surprise and concern that Mr. Edward St. John QC. endorsed Liberal Party
candidate for the "blue ribbon" Liberal electorate of Warringali, Sydney,
should be supporting the Resha project as President of the South African
Defence and Aid Fund.
As we go to press there is widespread speculation
in the Warringah electorate about the possibility of an Independent
Liberal candidate standing against Mr. St. John. There are also reports
of a most threatening letter from Mr. St. John to the local paper which
has carried a large number of letters criticising his endorsement of
Mr. Resha, demanding that correspondence on the issue should cease.
It is no help to have Mr. St. John labeled as
a "secret Communist". But it is alarming that a Liberal Party candidate,
who unless effectively opposed, is certain to be a Member of the next
Federal Parliament, sees nothing wrong in welcoming Mr. Resha. Mr. St
John actually met Mr. Resha at the Sydney airport when he arrived. After
a long conversation with Mr. Resha, Mr. St John South African Defence
and Aid Fund publicly stated that they accepted Mr. Resha's explanations
about his numerous pro-Communist activities.
We showed the brazen falsity of Mr. Resha's claim
that the African National Congress "is not Communist influenced at all".
Southern Africa is becoming of increasing importance
to the survival of the Free World against the global strategy of International
Communism. Mr. St John is entitled to advocate that Australia should
interfere in the internal affairs of friendly, anti-Communist Governments
in Southern Africa. And if wishes to place himself on the same side
as Australian Communists, Leftist politicians like Dr. J. Cairns, and
similar people, in supporting an African revolutionary, that is his
In answer to the many requests for information about Mr. Resha's Australian tour, we can only say that since we first exposed Mr. Resha's background we have found it difficult to obtain any details of Mr. Resha's Australian programme. But in an interview on the Labor Hour, Melbourne, on Sunday, 9th October, Mr. Resha said that he was visiting Canberra and Sydney, also Perth, and then Brisbane. He leaves Australia for New Zealand on the 26th October.
A DANGEROUS "PEACEFUL ENGAGEMENT"
An Australian Associated press report of 9th October, carried by all Australian dailies, makes ominous reading. It outlines a changed policy of the Johnson Administration towards the Soviet Union. President Johnson, or one of his advisers, has coined the term "peaceful engagement" to replace "peaceful 'co-existence". Five steps are proposed:
1. Moves for the establishment of consular offices in the Soviet Union and the U.S.A., and for an extension of most-favoured nation treatment to East European nations.
2. The guaranteeing of USA export-import banks commercial credits to Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria and Czechoslovakia.
3. Plans to ease Poland's foreign exchange burden of having to pay back with dollars. Polish currency used to buy surplus American agricultural products.
4. Willingness to finance export of USA goods and services needed for building the Fiat motorcar factory in the Soviet Union.
5. Suggestion of a mutual reduction by East and West of armed forces in Europe "to help gradually to shape a new political environment."
It would appear that in order to bolster up the over-extended and staggering Soviet economy, L.B.J. is apparently determined to go "all the way". In the meantime Soviet bloc planes and ground to air missiles continue to shoot down American plains in Vietnam. The port of Haiphong in North Vietnam remains open to Soviet shipping, bringing in military supplies for the Viet Cong. President Johnson's advisers insist it would be dangerous to blockade the port, as this would mean direct confrontation with the Soviet Union. Appeasement and bribery are being tried in a desperate attempt to get the criminals of the Kremlin to help halt the conflict in Vietnam. The Communist criminals have never been impressed with this type of approach. It only helps to convince them that victory for Communism is inevitable.
RHODESIA STANDS FIRM
Rhodesian Prime Minister Ian Smith is not impressed
by the "last chance" proposals by Mr. Harold Wilson. In reaction to
the British version of what allegedly took place at the recent talks
in Salisbury between Mr. Smith and the British Commonwealth Secretary,
Mr. Bowden, Salisbury has "leaked" out what really happened.
The way is being cleared for Mr. Wilson to take the Rhodesian issue to the UN where the Communists are waiting in keen anticipation to exploit the situation. And Australia and New Zealand will be forced into the front line. They will have to choose whether they will back Mr. Wilson any further or not.
NOTE THIS DATEFriday, November 11, at Collins Room, Hotel Federal, Melbourne. Rally to celebrate Rhodesia's first anniversary of Independence.
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