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13 November 1987. Thought for the Week: "It is commonly believed that Capitalism and Communism are conflicting opposites, the one standing for free enterprise and the other for state ownership. The truth is different; they are merely opposite faces of the same coin, for both support the Work Ethic and both are controlled by the Money Power. Under the prevailing monetary system none of us lives in a true - that is an economic - democracy. We live under an oligarchy that is all powerful, permanent, responsible to no one and, directly or indirectly, dominates and restricts every individual, every industry and every government in the world. Such is the power conferred by the monopoly of credit. Yet because it is hidden, entrenched and based on false values that are universally accepted without question, that power goes unchallenged."
Eric de Mare, in A Matter of Life or Debt (1976)
DANGEROUS HYPOCRISY AT COMMONWEALTH CONFERENCE
Eric Butler reports from Vancouver, Canada
Looking even younger than his 22 years, the outward appearance of this slim, fair boy tended to mask the iron courage and dedication of one who, on his own initiative, found his way into Afghanistan through Pakistan and then shared the dangers of the resistance forces striving to survive against the horrendous Soviet genocide programme, carried out with modern technology. The young man showed photos he had taken of the complete destruction of village after village, vast areas with no sign of life left.
Sickening photos of broken bodies revealed that the Soviet destroyers were using weapons violating the conventions concerning warfare. Acid rain had been used. There have even been Soviet promoted terrorist attacks against the one and a half million Afghan refugees across the border in Pakistan.
Since December 1979, the Soviet has been engaged in a campaign of mass destruction on a scale dwarfing that of the notorious Ghengis Khan. As he finished telling his chilling story, the young man, who had cheated death by only seconds on many occasions, posed the question: What side is the West on? He suggested that it was strange that the media could devote enormous time to dealing with what was allegedly happening in South Africa, but was comparatively silent about the Soviet's policy of genocide in Afghanistan, a policy related to the Soviet's long term strategy of establishing a warm water port.
I was not surprised to learn that the young New Zealander was a dedicated Christian. I could not help thinking about that young man when I arrived in Vancouver, with the media dominated with reports concerning the Commonwealth Conference. The Canadian host government, humorously described as Conservative, and led by Mr. Brian Mulroney, was calling for an intensified anti-South African campaign. Marxist Mozambique, the former Portuguese colony, with no history of association with the Commonwealth, was present by special invitation, being one of the "front line" nations, which Mr. Mulroney claims must be backed in every possible way against South Africa. $300 million has already been written off Mozambique's debts to Canada. Canada's hard pressed Canadian farmers are pointing out that they and their families would be able to survive on their farms if Mr. Mulroney would also wipe off their debts.
There are 49 members of the Commonwealth,
but a few were missing at the Vancouver conference. It is
still recalled that when Obote of Uganda attended a Commonwealth
Conference, Idi Amin took over in his absence. Then there
was the London Conference when during the conference the representatives
from The Seychelles were suddenly replaced as the result of
One of the keynote addresses at the Vancouver conference was given by Comrade Mugabe of Zimbabwe. This murderous thug, whose country would collapse even faster than it is, without South Africa, was loud in his call for "justice" in South Africa. Kaunda of Zambia, fawning on the Queen in an attempt to project himself as an elder statesman, said nothing about his own brutal totalitarian regime, but also called for stronger action against South Africa.
Following the advice of Archbishop Tutu of South Africa, who argues that "the greatest contribution the frontline states can make to the process of change in South Africa is to be a success", the Canadian Government has pressed for massive economic aid to countries like Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Zambia. In reality this means that Canadian - and Australian - taxpayers are to be further exploited to pour resources down a bottomless pit in countries, which are doomed to further disasters - with European aid. It is time for the present Commonwealth to be wound up and only the Crown Commonwealth nations to continue an association.
THE FIRST & SECOND GREAT CENTRALISATIONS
"Whereas the 1929 crash was deliberately engineered by the Federal Reserve, the 1987 crash should go down in the books as a bona fide revolt of the financial markets against uncertainties created by policy makers themselves." - The Weekend Australian, November 7-8.
The article from which the above quote
is taken is by "David Hale", who is economic analyst for Kemper
Financial Services, USA. We have rarely seen any "orthodox"
economists admit that the 1929 Crash was deliberate and intentional,
which indeed, it was. Even then, the action of the American
banks is passed off as some sort of "mistake", "over reaction"
"misinterpretation", etc. We think that the people making
these sort of absurd claims most probably believe them. Why
not? They wouldn't want to believe that the ultimate perpetrators
of financial misery to so many millions over so many years
knew precisely what the result of their actions would be.
David Hale lists three actions, which
the Federal Reserve took at that time to guarantee the Great
LIBERALS PLAYING OLD GAME IN NEW ERA
"Liberal preselection is frozen in the sepia tones of Empire, and like the Old Lady of Threadneedle Street, the party's best days are gone..." - Des Keegan, in The Weekend Australian (November 7-8).
Des Keegan can say that again. In the face of aggressive Fabian Socialism, as is now being thrust forward by the HawkKeating Government, a rootless, so-called, "conservative" government, without any unifying philosophy, can do little other than fight a series of rear guard actions. They can hope to just squeeze into power on the general dissatisfaction of the broad electorate with the Fabians. That's all.
The same uninspiring "leaders" are flogging
the moribund party horse. They had a chance with the ID Card
"debate", but they blew it. Des Keegan observes: "The Liberals
were mute before the ID Card. The ID Card was a creature of
big government, tax by stealth, state meddling and poor economic
growth from protection and union rapacity. The Liberals, architect
of these blights, brought us retrospective taxation .." John
Howard "blew" the ID Card issue because he thought there were
no votes in it. This has been admitted. He probably got the
shock of his life when public antipathy to the Card suddenly
(more or less) took off then, he was your anti-ID Card boy;
even coming out and promising that the Card would be disbanded,
even if imposed, on a Liberal return to government.
DOB-IN DANGERThis letter published in same issue of The Australian (as above) over the name of "Vern Sunfors", of Hawthorn, Vic. (Melbourne suburb):
"Are you holding an un-Australian of the year contest? "Bob Hawke would win it hands down for his un-Australia Card. But I would nominate a Mr. Greg Matthews, who fronted Operation Noah and who urged people to 'look beyond their friendships', when contemplating dobbing to the police. "Do not rattle drug-ravaged children at me. Organised crime is so called because it is organised and facilitated by corrupt police and others higher than they. "And such places as the Kremlin are sustained by elaborate, ingrained dob-in systems, and always for the public good."
MIGRANTS SHOULD BE ONE BIG FAMILYThis letter from a migrant from Sri Lanka (Ceylon) appeared in the Sydney Daily Telegraph (November 3). His name and address were supplied to the Editor:
"I am a migrant from Asia and like many Australians, I am more than concerned with the migration issue and its social effects that are tearing us apart. "I am sure that most Australians, and myself, do not oppose migration as there is an economic need for it. "However, I feel that only those migrants who can readily adapt to this land and can make positive contributions without making drastic social and environmental changes, in return for a better life should be allowed in.
"If certain migrant groups find it habitual to retain their foreign ties, lack the desire to assimilate with the other inhabitants, convert entire suburbs into their own little kingdoms, or merely show no interest in the local language, then I do not believe they should be given the privilege of living here. "Regrettably, the damage has already been done, thanks to our ambitious policy makers.
"Even for someone who was not born here, I take great pride in this land, especially when I drive into the vast open countryside which is so uniquely Australian. "However, that pride or love appears to diminish when I return to Sydney, parts of which are now totally foreign. "Why should Australians be compelled to make way for certain migrant groups that converge on selected suburbs?
"In 1970 I migrated from Sri Lanka to a country I believed was called Australia. I now have this strange feeling that it must have all been a dream and that I have ended up in Lebanon or Vietnam. "Australians have every right to be concerned and to voice their opinions and be heard. This is their land of birth. "If migrants elect to live here, they should live as one big family and make the necessary changes to achieve this result. "Don't expect handouts and any preferential treatment, especially in the work place, and for the sake of Australia, don't go about changing the environment.
"If the people in authority do not make positive changes soon, I can see racial tension getting out of hand in the not too distant future and the possibility of Australians migrating out of this beautiful land. "For those who are not in touch with reality, believe me there is plenty of tension out there and it will only get worse, especially if we strike difficult time."
THE PERSIAN GULF"The Western media are not finding it easy to create a climate of public opinion with which to support the increasingly dangerous operations of Western governments in the Persian Gulf. For how is Iran to be convincingly represented as the 'villain of the piece' when no plausible answer, in fact, no answer, can be found to Iran's repeated reminder that it was Iraq that started the war. Iraq that first internationalised the conflict with attacks on neutral shipping in the Gulf, and Iraq again that rekindled the conflict at the end of August, after both sides had agreed not to attack neutral shipping?
"Radio and television interviewers in the United States bent on generating public support for an American policy of direct intervention are reduced to helpless incoherence when quietly and persistently confronted with questions like those from the Iranian Ambassador, Hashemi Rafsanjani. Newspaper commentators have said that this is because the ambassador is so much cleverer than his interrogators: the real explanation, of course, is that he happens to be armed with the simple and incontrovertible truth. Still to be made manifest, because so much harder to explain, is the fact that it was the external powers that launched Iraq against Iran and must now at any price prevent Iraq from being defeated."
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