23 June 1967. Thought
for the Week: "The rights of individuals and communities have rapidly
been curtailed in the advance towards centralized power and the spiritual
and material strength, amassed through our original concept of a federation
- erected upon the local responsibility and autonomy of its several
components - shows marked deterioration."
General Douglas Macarthur.
BASIC CAUSE OF MIDDLE EAST PROBLEM REMAINS
Eric Butler reports from Britain
"Sections of the British press have permitted
some light to be shed on the basic realities of the situation in the
Middle East. For example, The Daily Telegraph of June 14 publishes
a letter from the Earl of Lytton which states:
"Britain planted a colony of 'returning' Jews (Zion) in Arab Palestine,
and has voted 19 times for the return of the Arabs. One can name some
25 States where responsible leaders are convinced that Zion with Anglo-American
support is designed to expand 'from the Nile to the Euphrates' (President
of Iraq, April 6, 1967), and that neither America nor Britain intends
that 19 annual affirmations of support for Arab 'return shall ever be
implemented. Therein is the root of an unstable Middle East."
"In a special supplement in its issue of June
11 The Sunday Times provided a survey of the background history
of the current Middle East situation, starting with the great injustice
done to the Arabs when, in violation of promises made to the Arabs if
they would revolt against Germany's ally, Turkey, the British yielded
to the pressure of Political Zionism and promised that what was Arab
territory to the Zionists. ...Successive British Governments tried feebly
to reconcile the irreconcilable. They succeeded only in alienating both
Arabs and Jews.'
Responsible, pro-Western leaders warned
Britain that if she persisted with support for the Zionists in Palestine,
they would lose their influence and interests in the whole Arab world.
The murderous terrorist activities of the Stern
gang against British women and children, the murder of the British Minister
of State, Lord Moyne, the shooting of UN representative Count Bernadotte,
and the expulsion of Arabs from their own country, are all dealt with.
"While there is widespread satisfaction in Britain
that Moscow's dupe, Nasser, has received the thrashing which the British
were prevented from giving in 1956, there is also a realisation amongst
many that unless Israel is forced to accept the UN borders originally
decided upon, and to make a real effort to help solve the dreadful Arab
refugee problem, it will be impossible for moderate Arab leaders to
adopt pro-Western policies and survive. The Communists have suffered
only a temporary setback in the Middle East unless the basic causes
of the current situation are removed."
MR. ROSTOW INDICATES FUTURE MIDDLE EAST POLICIES
"In a speech in Vermont, Mr. Rostow said the
Middle East was the 'last Region in the non-communist world where regional
institutions and spirit have not yet begun to emerge." He added: "I
am sure we and others outside the region will be prepared to be helpful
if the people and Governments of that area themselves begin to move
in their own ways along the paths already taken by Western Europe, Latin
America and Asia."
The "paths" to which Mr. Rostow refers are the
European Common Market, the Latin American Common Market, and the promotion
of a similar type of market in Asia to which we referred in On Target
May 12, 1967.
Mr. Rostow is President Johnson's National Security
Affairs adviser. He is closely identified with powerful advisers in
the U.S.A. who have pursued a continuous policy of protecting the Communists
at home and defending their interests abroad. In 1962 Mr. Rostow wrote
his book "Basic National Security Policy" which was described
by one commentator as "the blue print for retreat in the cold war."
He has recommended that the United States extend diplomatic recognition
to Communist China and Communist East Germany, that United States armed
forces be withdrawn from the Soviet Empire's borders, that the United
States force Nationalist China to abandon its offshore islands of Quemoy
and the Matsus to the Communist Chinese.
It is safe to say that any proposal by
Mr. Rostow to solve the problem of instability in the Middle East is
not liable to harm the interests of International Communism.
He is now reported to be Mr. Johnson's key confidential
adviser, having traveled a long way since leaving his professorship
at Massachusetts Institute of Technology to become one of the "brilliant"
team of intellectuals surrounding John Kennedy.
He was one of the groups advising Kennedy on how to handle Castro in
THE CIA AND ANTI-COMMUNISM
"In a signed leading article in the May-June
issue of "Quadrant", Professor James McAuley, the poet, discusses
the recent revelation that the CIA contributed financially for some
years to the work of the Congress for Cultural Freedom, the parent of
similarly named bodies in all parts of the free world, including Australia
of English at the University of Tasmania and a ready and articulate
spokesman for what might be termed the intellectual activist the anti-Communist
movement in Australia." The Age June 16 from an article by Stuart
Sayers entitled "Quadrant and the CIA."
Professor McAuley acts as an apologist for CIA
and its distribution of funds to so-called anti-Communist' organisations.
Unfortunately the Professor seems to have missed the whole point of
the operation. On its own record the CIA has supported organisations
which at the best are ineffectual in the fight against Communism, and
at the worst are nothing but front organisations promoting Communist
Book of the Week
by Robert Welch
Probably unsurpassed as a revealing penetration
of the way modern history has been falsified. THE POLITICIAN has been
described as the book, which would haunt the conscience of Dwight Eisenhower
for the rest of his days. Elected to take the American people out of
policies of disaster and compromise with Communism, his administration
hastened the destruction of domestic and foreign policies, which lead
to greater retreats and betrayals. THE POLITICIAN shows how Dwight Eisenhower
was built up from an obscure Colonel to the point where he could be
used in the conspiracy to destroy the West.... Send to: The Heritage
Bookshop, Box 1226L P.O. Melbourne Victoria.
An example is the financing of the National Students
Association in the U.S.A. by CIA in the belief (?) that in so doing
the N.S.A. would offset the work of numerous student organisations promoting
Communist activity. The record of N.S.A. speaks for itself. During the
fifteen years it received funds from the CIA "to fight Communism" it
has according to Review of the News March, 1 1967.
Supported Castro against Batista in Cuba
Called for the abolition of
the House Committee on Un-American activities...Protested against the
firing of Communist teachers, advocated membership in the United Nations
for Red China. The list is extended ad nauseum.
What comes through is that CIA established by
a liberal (socialist) administration believes that Communism can be
fought by socialists. What eventuates is co-operation, which leads to
the discrediting of the original intention. The background of Quadrant
as revealed by Stuart Sayers makes this apparent to experienced observers.
The founding President, former Chief Justice
Sir John Latham, whilst not a socialist in the eyes of most people certainly
upheld the principle of a strong central government, and was also a
rationalist. A combination, which hardly made him a strong anti-Communist.
The present President, Dr. Lloyd Ross was a former Communist who left
the movement to become a member of the A.L.P. and is now secretary of
a key union, the Australian Railways Union that supports the basic premises
of the socialist-communist movement.
"Figs do not come from thistles," would be an
MR. McEWEN and THE BASIC INDUSTRIES GROUP
The Basic Industries Group was accused by the
Federal Country Party Leader and acting Prime Minister, Mr. McEwen on
Monday of trying to "destroy the Country Party in favour of the Liberal
Party." The Age June 21.
It would be interesting to know the politics
behind Mr. McEwen's attack. According to the spokesman for the Basic
Industries Group, Mr. R. Chapman the group has been dormant since the
elections. Our surmise is that Mr. McEwen is endeavouring to find a
scapegoat for the disastrous economic policies of the government, which
are leading to the position where the man on the land will find it hard
to survive. Rising costs and falling income are common in the whole
economic structure of the Australian community, but affects the man
on the land more as he has no means of passing on increased costs.
The Country Party has attempted to answer the problem by accepting the
Socialists answer, government control of one degree or another. The
setting up of boards etc, involves both high costs (bureaucracy being
the most inefficient form of management conceivable) and interference
with personal liberty. It is these factors, which are bringing increasing
odium upon the Country Party.
BRITISH TO HOLD REFERENDUM ON GIBRALTAR
ON ENTRY TO E.C.M. ALSO?
"Britain would hold a referendum in Gibraltar
in which the people would be invited to say whether they wanted to pass
under Spanish sovereignty, or retain their link with Britain, the Minister
of State for Commonwealth Relations (Mrs. Judith Hart) said today."
The Age. June 15.
Any comment seems superficial. Is the loss of British sovereignty over
the control of their parliament, judiciary and economic affairs, as
is certain if the Rome Treaty is accepted, comparable to the loss of
Here is a golden opportunity to drive home the
request by anti-Common Marketers for a referendum.
ARCHBISHOP APPLETON CRITICISED
"How much longer can Christians watch with equanimity
if not applause the greatest nation on earth pulverising one of the
weakest." The Australian May 5.
The above is a repeat quote from On Target
May 12. Archbishop Appleton's statement concerning Vietnam came under
considerable fire in Western Australia by T.A.G. Hungerford in a later
edition of the Sunday Times in Western Australia. Symptomatic
of the way publicity is organised these days was the eight antagonistic
(to Hungerford and pro-Appleton) replies in the following edition of
Sunday Times including one by the well known Communist authoress
Kathleen Susannah Pritchard.
The following item appeared in the West Australian
on June 19. Liberal Senator J.P. Sim, at a meeting of the Baltic community
in Perth on Saturday, attacked the attitude of some sections of the
clergy to the Vietnam War. He said:
"What the U.S.A. and others are doing in Vietnam is in defence of the
rule of law." "If we fail to do this, then the world will surely sink
into the abyss."
This is what people like Archbishop Appleton
and others like him, who are bemused by new social orders, fail to understand.
"While they pose as men of goodwill, full of pity for human suffering,
they would, by their policies, unleash the forces of murder and torture
on the people of South Vietnam."
Senator Sim said that Communism was not a social
order dedicated to relieving misery and poverty, to provide a better
and a free life - as some intellectuals and members of the clergy, in
their ignorance and stupidity would have people to believe.
The only difference between Hitler and the Communists was that Hitler
used direct methods. (End of quote).
ON TARGET BULLETIN
SUBJECT FOR DISCUSSION
THE COMMON MARKET
We continue with information on the provisions
contained in the Rome Treaty.
The great powers of EEC are set out in Articles 189 to 192. The most
important is 189 which says:
"The Council and the Commission shall, in the discharge of their duties
and in accordance with the provisions of this Treaty, issue regulations
and directives, take decisions and formulate recommendations or opinions.
Regulations shall have general application. They shall be binding in
every respect and directly applicable in each Member State. Directives
shall be binding, in respect of the result to be achieved, upon every
Member State but the form and manner of enforcing them shall be a matter
for the national authorities. Decisions shall be binding in every respect
upon those to whom they are directed. Recommendations and opinions shall
have no binding force. :"
Comment: The powers invested in the Commission are superior to national
parliaments, which can only be reduced to the role of rubber stamps.
They are powerless to amend EEC regulations, even if they violate many
principles of British justice.
As Roy Price, formerly Common Market press officer
in London, explained in his book "The Political Future of the European
"In any case a national parliament has no direct say in the preliminary
- and decisive work of the Commission, nor in the subsequent stages
by which the decisions are taken by majority vote even the semblance
of influence disappears, for even if the national government concerned
maintains its opposition to the bitter end it can still be out-voted,
and the minister concerned can only then report the fact of the decision
to his national assembly."
Further Comment: A good warning for British businessmen is in regulation
17, issued in accordance with Articles 85 and 86 of the Treaty, which
deal with competition between members of the Common Market. The regulation
takes power for the Commission's servants to examine books and other
business documents, to make copies or extracts, to demand oral explanations
on the spot, and to have access to all premises, land and vehicles.
Later the same regulation takes the power to
inflict huge monetary penalties on business, according to the decisions
of the Commission.
The regulation is noteworthy because the Commission
combines the roles of executive, judge and jury, no impartially-adjudicated
hearing is provided before the levying of penalties, and no impartially
granted search warrant has to be sought for the first lot of powers.