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24 February 1967. Thought for the Week: "Freedom is not something one is given at a three-day celebration and that's it. Rather it is a dynamic system, resting on ethical concepts which must he maintained and fought for: and to do that a people must he strong, morally and materially. The independent African powers will he neither."
A.T. Culwick in Britannia Waives The Rules.
NO-WIN POLICY CONTINUES IN VIETNAM
"The bombing of North Vietnam had failed to reduce significantly the flow of men and materials to the South, the U.S. Defence Secretary, Mr. McNamara, has told Congress. In testimony released today, Mr. McNamara said there was no evidence that increased attacks would he more successful" - The Sun (Melbourne) February 21.
Mr. McNamara is not reported as having urged that the only way to make American bombing effective would be to use it to choke the Communists' main supply line through the port of Haiphong. Even in America there has been comparatively little publicity about the enormous flood of Soviet military and economic aid being sent to North Vietnam through Haiphong. The American Administration obviously wants as little publicity as possible about Soviet aid, otherwise an outraged American public opinion would resent the current American policy of "building bridges" to the Communist Empire through increasing economic aid.
Originally the Socialists and Communists strenuously
denied that the war in Vietnam was anything more than an internal "civil
war" But in order to offset Red China's claim that the Soviet Union
and its satellites are not providing adequate assistance to North Vietnam,
some of the Communist and pro-Communist papers have been making some
revealing admissions. For example, the American pro-Communist weekly,
National Guardian, in its issue of January 28, 1967, carried
a full-page story from its Moscow correspondent, William J. Pomeroy,
outlining the vast scope of the Soviet economic and military aid to
North Vietnam. He writes:
Mr. Pomeroy continues his report from Moscow: "Vietnamese jet pilots have been trained for some time in the Soviet Union, to fly the Soviet planes provided. Their pictures, in training, can be seen everywhere in the large displays of news photographs that dot Soviet cities All military aid to Vietnam is sent free of charge. Most of the economic aid is extended without provision for return compensation; the rest is covered by long-term, interest-free agreements."
Mr. Pomeroy also reports, "From December 13 to 20 a National Solidarity with the Heroic Vietnamese People was observed. The Soviet press reported that tens of millions of workers and others held meetings and demonstrations that week, and listed funds donated by workers in specific factories Writers donated royalties from their books and musicians and actors turned over earnings from performances."
It is clear from this and similar reports that the Russian people have been conditioned to believe that they are fully involved in the Vietnam struggle, and that they are working for victory. But the American, Australia and New Zealand peoples are told that they are not fighting to win, only to stop the other side from winning. And they are not told that both Moscow and Peking are determined to continue the war until they can reach a suitable compromise agreement.
Dealing with the problems caused by the Sino-Soviet
controversy, Mr. Pomeroy writes: "Soviet officials are reluctant to
give publicly the details of problems in sending aid by way of China
do, however, point out that 85 per cent, of Soviet aid goes by sea."
From the very beginning of the American bombing
of North Vietnam we have pointed out that this was being conducted in
such a manner to mask the continuing no-win policy. Increasing numbers
of American military leaders, Senators and Congressmen are starting
to challenge this no-win policy. Is it not about time something was
heard from Canberra?
TRADING WITH THE ENEMY
"Houston, Tex., February 11 - The Houston Post reports that the Dow Chemical Co. has purchased $2. 3 million worth of magnesium - a metal vital in military aircraft production - from the Soviet Union in the past two months. Officials of Dow Chemical commented that shortages of the metal because of the war in Vietnam and the Administration's desire to build bridges to the Soviet Union prompted the decision to buy the Soviet magnesium." - The Review of the News (U.S.A.), February 22.
America is being bled in a war in Vietnam, which she does not win because she will not confront the Soviet enemy. The Soviet strategists then exploit the very shortages they have helped to produce. No wonder they are contemptuous of the West's will to survive in the type of international revolutionary war they are directing.
WILSON'S MAN LIES ABOUT RHODESIA
"Present-day Rhodesia was likened to Nazi Germany
by Britain's Secretary of State for Commonwealth Affairs, in Melbourne
yesterday. He said that the knock on the door at midnight by security
police was a familiar sound in Rhodesia today. In Rhodesia he had had
clear evidence that nearly 1000 African trade unionists were detained
Mr. Bowden's attack on Rhodesia provides further
evidence of the despicable tactics the British Socialists are prepared
to use in their desperate attempts to destroy Rhodesia. We trust that
Rhodesian leaders take careful note of what The Australian of
February 21 described as a bitter attack on the Rhodesian Government,
because it has been reported from Rhodesia that members of the Rhodesian
Government felt that Mr. Bowden was the most "reasonable" of the British
representatives to visit Salisbury.
Not one of the large numbers of critical observers to visit Rhodesia has ever produced any evidence about nearly 1000 African trade unionists being detained in camps. The total number of those held in restricted areas is only a few hundred. These are the thugs who have supported the terrorist politics of Nkomo and Sithole. It is a blatant lie Africans are being harassed by the Rhodesian security policy. The Africans are contented under the law and order provided by the Smith Government; this has saved them from the terrorist tactics of the African "nationalists", whose main weapon was not a knock on the door at midnight but a petrol bomb through the window.
Mr. Bowden claimed in Melbourne that, "Britain
had never advocated immediate majority rule." Mr. Bowden would be well
advised to look at what his leader, Mr. Wilson, wrote to an African
nationalist, before he was first elected as British Prime Minister.
Mr. Wilson specifically said that his party would not support independence
before majority rule. And following the HMS Tiger talks, Mr. Wilson
said that there could be no recognition of Rhodesian independence before
The Rhodesian Government has never claimed that
sanctions have not had some effect. In fact it has always presented
a sober, realistic picture. Such a picture was presented by the Rhodesian
Minister for Finance, the Hon. J. J. Wrathall, in the Rhodesian Parliament
on February 9.
Even if Mr. Bowden's claim were correct that Rhodesian exports had fallen by nearly two thirds during 1966, this means little if the Rhodesians reduced their imports proportionately and turned to manufacturing much of what they previously imported. Mr. Wrathall says that this has been done, and visitors to Rhodesia can see the evidence of this for themselves.
Mr. Wrathall concluded his statement by saying "Our chosen path will not be an easy one. Sacrifice and hard work will be the order of the day. I believe, however, that sanctions will not only fail in their purpose but that they will ultimately prove to be a blessing in disguise, and help us to achieve economic as well as political independence."
All the evidence shows that, providing the Rhodesians
remain united and sustain their morale, mandatory sanctions will be
a failure. Then will come the danger point, with the revolutionaries
at the UN calling for military force. Incidents will be attempted to
set the stage for what would have to be a major military action against
the whole of South Africa. Blatant lies would also be necessary.
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