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1 February 1991. Thought for the Week: "The basic fact is that taxation is confiscation. The economic 'theory', which explains and justifies confiscatory taxation, is a carefully devised plan. The sedulously promoted notion that high taxation 'controls' inflation is patently utter nonsense, believed in and professed by economists because they have been trained in that theory and also because as 'advisers' to the government they share government power. It has been demonstrated decades ago that inflation could be halted and even reversed merely as a matter of accountancy. But if this were done individuals could accumulate savings, and 'workers' would gradually become free men; and then how could they be ruled over so as to fit in with global schemes of 'interdependence'?"
B.W. Monahan, in The Trap (1969)
SELF-HELP IS THE BEST HELP
Like many other Australians we have great concerns with respect to the implications for Australia stemming from the Gulf War. Again, like most Australians we do not want to see our own role in the Gulf escalate any further. The Prime Minister, Mr. Hawke, has given an assurance that this will not happen; yet this was before the Australian Navy divers were released for Gulf duties. It appears obvious to us that we have entered a more unstable era in world politics, and that there will most probably be no going back to the past eras of the 60s, 70s and 80s. An unhappy thought, yes.
The American led alliance will, no doubt, eventually win the military war against Iraq (although this may take many months; a year; two years. Who can predict?). Even so, what about the peace? Can there be peace? Talk about charging Saddam Hussein/Iraq with War Crimes does not help. They have seen what happened at Nuremberg War Crimes Trials are for the victors to organise; and that means an army of occupation!
The Gulf War is not a type of "civil" war, as was the European conflict 1939-44. This Gulf War brings two different cultures into conflict: one observer we respect says that the Iraqis will fight to the death. What will be the (political) effects on the U.S.A. if and when the body bags come home in their tens of thousands? Peace marchers are assembling now in hundreds of thousands: a quarter of a million in one German city only a few days ago.
What is our point? This: Australia's
Defence Systems must be expanded. Why? The growing world instability
that will be with us from now on. This could most easily spread
to the Pacific Rim. We have a militarily strong Moslem neighbour
(Indonesia) whose friendship we have sensibly cultivated.
India? She has a huge navy. Pakistan and Malaysia are Moslem
THE FRUITS OF MULTICULTURALISM
from David Thompson
THE LIBERAL DEATH WISH
FOOD IMPORTS - BLEEDING RURAL AUSTRALIA
THE INSANITY INTENSIFIES
Australia imports a significant amount of textile fibres each year. The final insult to farmers, who are shooting millions of sheep, with the once great wool industry in tatters, is that the largest single import of textile fibres last year was wool, worth $47.6 million. This was in its degreased state - not made into yarn or fabric. The figures do not clarify its purpose (it may be for carpets?), but it is a textile fibre. The Australian Wool Corporation has over 4 million bales of the stuff that they can't sell.
Australia is in recession, and we are again being forced to 'tighten our belts'. Thousands are losing their jobs, and thousands losing their savings in financial scandals like the Pyramid collapse. And yet we live in a land of magnificent abundance. Why does Australia import so much food? Partly because we have signed so many foreign agreements, like that for a New International Economic Order, and the Lima Agreement. We are not only bound by such agreements, we are being strangled by them. The first essential to restore any element of national self-sufficiency is to rely upon our own resources, including food.
POWER FIRST - FACTS LATER
One of American's leading climate researchers, Professor Fred Singer, says that the countries that have moved to draconian new legislation to cut carbon dioxide emissions and C.F.C's. risk huge economic penalties on the basis of scientifically unproven threats. Singer confirms that the 'ozone hole' is a natural phenomenon, and explains that scientists began measuring ozone at its peak, and was alarmed at the rate of depletion. "No matter what we do with C.F.C's., the ozone hole will remain, unless the temperature of the stratosphere warms - and that is something no government can legislate for," he says.
Professor Singer, of the U.S. Institute
for Space Science and Technology, also challenges the scientific
evidence for global warming, saying that although scientific
models suggest it, the claimed increase in temperatures for
this century had all occurred before 1940. There has been
no significant warming in the last 50 years.
David Thompson adds a post script to
his item on Greenhouse and Professor Singer: Singer, director
of the U.S. weather satellite programme, hits the nail on
the head when he says "The trouble is, world moves to control
C.F.C's. and carbon dioxide have acquired political momentum
of their own and can't be stopped by any scientific evidence
to the contrary..."
NOT ALL OF US ARE RATBAGSfrom The Australian, January 24th
"Your columnists Farmer and McGuinness (among many other people) seem to believe that all those opposed to the war are just anti-American leftwing rat bags. While this view may make it easier to ignore the anti-war argument, it doesn't stand up to reality. "It is ridiculous to label the 47 out of 100 United States Senators who voted against going to war as anti-American. The A.L.P's. Elaine Darling is not a left winger, and I imagine Ted Mack would sue for libel if someone called him leftwing. Similarly it is only lazy journalists who call the Australian Democrats leftwing. The fact is that those who oppose the Gulf War represent a broad cross section of people across Australia. They have many cogent reasons for opposing this war and Australia's involvement in it. It is about time that the media recognised this." (Andrew Bartlett, Toowong, Qld.)
A DIFFERENT STORY
from The Age (Access Age), Melbourne,
VICTORS ALWAYS JUDGE
DOOM STRIKESfrom Herald-Sun, Melbourne, January 24th
"The doom of war has finally struck. I'm 20 years old and I honestly never thought I'd see the day when Australia would commit troops to war in my lifetime. I wholeheartedly agree in protecting the civil rights of people, but I wonder if the true agenda to this war is oil. If this is the case, then even the life of one solitary soldier is too high a price to pay to protect a commodity of which Australia is fully self sufficient. Surely it would be better to boycott the purchase of oil from these countries and make Iraq's new found wealth as worthless as the desert they live in. If oil was not the true agenda to this war and the rest of the world was simply playing police officer, then why hasn't America, Australia, and the rest of the U.N., stepped into Lithuania and the other Baltic nations to protect the civil rights of the oppressed people fighting against Soviet troops for their freedom? Why haven't we all stepped in to protect the civil rights of people in other dictatorships in North and South America, or the continuing fighting in Cambodia? A wise man once said, 'History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives. I believe that war is only one of these alternatives." (Keith Ritchie, Nunawading, Vic.)
I'M GLAD IT'S SO SIMPLEfrom The Australian, January 23rd
"Now, let me see.... have I got this war right? All the good guys are fighting the nasty Arabs, but most Arab nations hate and distrust each other. Therefore, Arabs are fighting against Arabs. Syria hates Iraq, but will fight for Iraq if Israel (who wasn't in the fight) attacks Iraq (who are the bad guys). The Saudis hate the Americans but are fighting alongside them. Nearly everyone hates America, but almost everyone is fighting with them. Iran hates Iraq and Iraq hates Iran. The Muslims hate the infidels and the infidels think the Muslims are nuts. Lots of people hate the Poms, who, after all, caused all this, anyway. Absolutely everyone hates the Jews, while Iraq hates every nation on earth.
Saddam Hussein, who the press constantly plead is not insane, is nevertheless as guilty of murder, mass murder, torture, mass kidnapping and two wars. I would like to know when he does something really naughty that qualifies him as insane. In the meantime, Bob Hawke has called on Saddam to get out of Kuwait so the billionaire oil emirs can resume their life of opulence.
Religion, which should advocate peace and love, is once again the inspiration for this holy war, surely a ridiculous contradiction in terms. George Bush's popularity polls have him soaring at 86% but mass demonstrations all around the world denounce him and the war. The Yanks say they are not fighting for oil, but if Kuwait had had no oil the original invasion by Iraq wouldn't have scored two lines on page three. I'm glad this whole thing makes so much sense. I wouldn't like it to become complicated." (D. Evans, Coffs Harbour, N.S.W.)
HAWKE'S ACTION HAS DISEMPOWERED USfrom The Age, Melbourne, January 23rd
"I wish to denounce the means by which Bob Hawke has brought us, the Australian people, to war with another country. The Prime Minister has said that we will send young men and women to kill people of Iraq. Because the people of Australia were not consulted on this decision, either through referendum or parliamentary representation, our first reaction was not the satisfaction of a well-informed commitment being fulfilled. Rather, Australians were quietly stunned and somewhat disbelieving as news of the first attack saturated newspapers, radios and T.V.
Having ratified his decision only through the meagre assent of some yes members of his Cabinet, Mr. Hawke's decision to take us to war finds some precedent in Saddam Hussein's dealing with his own. Has Mr. Hawke's close and apathetic win of the last federal election sealed forever his cynicism and self-righteousness? Worse still, Mr. Hawke may be displaying the worst sort of political realism. The economic and military interests of the U.S. in Australia are sufficient to make these simple and effective bargaining tools in President Bush's dealings with Mr. Hawke and his Government.
We are the unrepresented workers of war, asked by Government to feel proud that our people, on our tiny contingent of ships, will be the front line cannon fodder. Mr. Hawke has fostered fragmentation and disillusion. Thus dis-empowering so many of us, he will feel free to do as he pleases. In the interests of Australia, this must be checked. The complexity, the enormity and the horror of a third world war cannot be taken lightly." (Douglas Horton, St.Kilda, Vic.)
NOT 'IVAN THE TERRIBLE'
The Age, Melbourne, January 25th,
carries a report, datelined Kiev (Soviet Union), January 24th,
that John Demjanjuk extradited from the U.S.A. and sentenced
to death, in Israel, by an Israeli court, for alleged war
crimes, is NOT the person he is alleged to be (i.e. "Ivan
the Terrible"). An investigating team from the United States
states that the Soviet authorities have a file proving the
error. The American Congressional delegation has asked the
Soviet authorities hand over the file concerned, as it could
overturn Demjanjuk's death sentence.
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