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4 October 1996. Thought for the Week: "We . should not console ourselves by thinking that the barbarians are still a long way off. Some people may let the torch be snatched from their hands, but others stamp it out themselves."
Alexis de Tocquerille in Democracy in America
IS MIDDLE EAST PEACE POSSIBLE?
by Eric D. Butler
The Israeli shelling of a U.N. safe haven camp, with a large number of Lebanese refugees being killed, during Israel's last major assault on Southern Lebanon, was strongly condemned by the U.N. after a special investigation had found the Israeli shelling had been deliberate. But once again the U.S.A. refused to endorse the condemnation.
Apart from a little wrist tapping, no American Administration has ever taken a firm stand against Israel from the beginning of the Zionist invasion of Palestine. American Congressmen courageous enough to condemn Israel have been subjected to the type of psycho-political warfare used to force a well-known American publisher against fulfilling its contract to publish David Irving's last major biographical work, Goebbels Diaries.
It can be predicted with complete certainty that any "peace agreement" brokered by President Clinton will have little long term effect on the Middle East crisis until the dispossessed Palestinians are granted the right to live in their own State.
While the defiant act by Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu in opening a tunnel close to the third most sacred mosque in the Moslem world, was the catalyst for the latest outburst of violence between the Israelis and the Palestinians, the basic cause has been the growing frustration of the Palestinians as they saw the new Israeli Government renege on even the few modest concessions made by the previous, Rabin, administration.
Israeli troops have not been completely withdrawn from the highly sensitive Hebron area, while the Palestinians have watched with dismay as new Jewish settlements have been established on the West Bank. Although Netanyahu said he was committed to the Oslo Accords, the Netanyahu Government has not implemented any of the promises made to the Palestinians, represented by Yasser Arafat.
With a typical display of Talmudic dialectics, Netanyahu has continued to argue that "peace" can be achieved with the Palestinians by doing exactly the opposite of what was originally promised. This has been the story of the Zionist conquest of Palestine from the beginning. As pointed out by the distinguished anti-Zionist Jew Dr. Oscar Levy, the Chosen Race doctrine and the philosophy of Pharisaism, have resulted in what he described as "two thousand years of madness". Douglas Reed traces the history of this "madness" and its effect on international politics, in his great classic, The Controversy of Zion.
In recent years a growing number of Israelis have started to express their dismay at the evidence mounted that so far from time healing the Palestinian problem, the situation was going to become progressively worse unless the just demands of the Palestinians were met. The Israeli media has been extremely critical of what it describes as the "macho" policies of Netanyahu. Many of the critics have warned that Netanyahu has plunged not only Israel, but the whole of the Middle East back into a state of open violence with the whole of the Moslem world united in its enmity towards Israel.
Terrorism can never be justified in a civilised society, but unless basic causes of the terrorism are removed, terrorism and acts of violence will breed still further terrorism. Arab memories tend to be long, and right throughout the Moslem world there has developed a view that Israel was established by a treacherous Western world which capitulated to the early terrorist activities of the Zionists. The British were the first victims of this terrorism as they sought to uphold law and order in Palestine. British Foreign Minister Ernie Bevan was abused as an "anti-Semite" because he refused to buckle to Zionist demands.
Not surprisingly, some of the younger Palestinians turned to various acts of terrorism in an attempt to bring the plight of the Palestinians to the world. There were initially spectacular hijacks of planes. Even though awarded the Nobel Peace Award, Yasser Arafat must accept some blame for acts of terrorism. But the West must face the reality that unless Arafat can obtain genuine benefits for the Palestinians, he will be swept aside by those who believe that his strategy in agreeing to a "peace" strategy will never succeed and that more violence is necessary.
The Zionist issue not only dominates both the Middle East and the whole of the Moslem world, but all Western nations. President Clinton is painfully aware of the necessity not to offend the Zionist Jewish lobby. "The Holocaust" has been elevated into a new religion to which even Christians must bow before. The British Labor Party has announced that if it wins the next British elections, any criticism of "The Holocaust" will be deemed to be a criminal offence with severe penalties.
That the home of the Common Law can be reduced to such a state is a graphic commentary on the influence of Political Zionism in a world, which even George Orwell would find hard to come to grips with. Representatives of the Zionist Jewish lobby in Australia have long urged that criticism of Zionist policies should be outlawed. Only the American Constitution continues to offer a degree of genuine freedom in the United States.
The author of Social Credit, C.H. Douglas, predicted that the "Jewish Question", which is basically a philosophical and religious issue, would dominate the remainder of the 20th century. But he also said that the creation of the State of Israel would have far reaching implications for the Jewish people as well as others. Events in Israel are confirming this prediction.
What remains of the Free World may yet be grateful to those courageous anti-Zionist Jews in Israel and elsewhere, who have defied the Zionist terror.
THE IRVING CHALLENGE TO JOHN HOWARD
by David Thompson
Enter David Irving, who announced his intention to again apply for a visa to enter Australia in an astute attempt to capitalise on Howard's remarks. The response to Irving's announced intention has been extraordinary, especially among special interest minority groups, who have the ability to hijack a debate if they wish. The response from some Jewish groups, for example, is little short of hysterical.
Michael Kapel, the editor of Australia/
Israel Review, popped up in several newspapers. His opinion
piece for the Sydney Morning Herald (26/9/96) began:
The Executive Council of Australian Jewry is reported to be maintaining close touch with the Immigration and Multicultural Affairs Department concerning the implementation of the Coalition's proposed $10 million community "education" programme to eliminate racism. The E.C.A.J. is also lobbying the Minister, Mr. Ruddock, for an early review of the Racial Hatred Act, in order to give the Act more "teeth". It quickly becomes obvious that there is a very clear double standard on the question of free speech. It seems to apply to everyone except those whose views are beyond the realms of civilised discourse, like Irving, or the dreadful League of Rights.
DAVID IRVING RESPONDS
The legend that has built up around Irving
is largely a product of the general refusal to publish his
own account of events. When that rare chance permits, Irving
gives a very good account. The Age (27/9/96) carried
an article by Irving, which made some telling points, particularly
about his "criminal record":
But miracles still do happen. Although
the Goebbels book is not even available to U.S. readers, their
biggest literary journal, the New York Review of Books,
has just devoted six tabloid pages to a glowing review written
by a leading modern historian, Professor Gordon Craig of Stanford
University, who is perhaps coincidentally not a Jew.
WHO WOULD DEBATE IRVING?Victorian Premier Jeff Kennett takes the view that Irving should be permitted a visa, and his views 'dealt with'. Democrat founder, Don Chipp, who is scathing about Irving, writes, "Let the bastard in". Chipp believes that Irving offers another opportunity to "educate" another generation of sceptical children about the horrors of the holocaust if he is permitted entry, and professionally demolished. But Chipp overlooks the main factor concerning Irving. Whenever Irving is offered a fair debate, he demonstrates his tremendous grasp of his subject, together with a formidable memory and debating flair. Most of those who have debated Irving have been publicly mauled and professionally humiliated.
THE MYTHS SURROUNDING IRVING
To this day any reference to the Titanic is usually accompanied by the description of the ship as "unsinkable". And yet neither the ship's owners (White Star Line) nor the builders, Harland & Wolff, ever claimed the Titanic to be unsinkable. The myth arose from a 1912 sub-editor's addition to a magazine article about the ship's construction, and has been loosely bandied about ever since, adding a false air of ridicule to the Titanic's designers and builders. Much the same has happened to the British historian, David Irving.
It appears to be almost automatic when
referring to Irving to describe him as having "denied the
holocaust took place", or as an "apologist for Hitler", or
as "a neo-Nazi agitator". The latest round of Irving-bashing
repeats all the previous false descriptions of Irving, and
adds a new one. In their report of Irving's announcement that
he would take Prime Minister Howard at his word that free
speech exists in Australia, John Short, Chip Le Grand and
Rachael Hawes describe Irving as "Dr. David Irving" (The
When was Irving awarded his doctorate? In which particular discipline was it earned, or is it an honorary title?
WHO HAS ACTUALLY READ DAVID IRVING?
Having been placed in a most difficult position concerning the question of a visa for a visit to Australia, Prime Minister Howard and others attempt to dismiss Irving as a "nutter" and a "crackpot historian" who is beneath contempt. Of course, we all accept freedom of speech, but Irving is a different matter! It is clear that Mr. Howard has never read a word of Irving, and is completely out of his depth concerning the Irving debate. Howard should be challenged on this. Exactly what is it that Irving said/wrote that is so objectionable? Where was it said/written, and when?
Instead of quoting Irving's critics, what about exercising a little intellectual honesty, and either quoting Irving accurately, or admitting no knowledge of Irving's views? Every journalist and newspaper editorial writer who abuses Irving should be challenged on this also. It is a serious form of corruption to excuse gross misrepresentations of the truth just because it is the "neo-Nazi Irving" being slandered.
THE PROBLEM OF CONSTITUTIONALISM
Christians are, or should be, familiar with the difference between the letter of the law and the spirit of the law. Christ's most formidable opponents, the Pharisees, were great sticklers for the letter of the law. The founder of the Social Credit movement, C.H. Douglas, dealt with the subject on a number of occasions, making the point that a realistic constitution must grow organically. What is known as Common Law grew out of the climate of opinion created by the early Christian Church.
In his great classic The New Despotism, the former Lord Chief Justice of England, Lord Hewart, warned of how the Common Law was being destroyed by a form of bureaucratic lawlessness. As a general principle, we feel that it is futile attempting to appeal to a Common Law, which is no longer supreme. C.H. Douglas dealt with this in his address, Realistic Constitutionalism.
What is urgently required today is a change in the climate of opinion. This requires education. In the meantime it is essential that freedom loving Australians realise that basic problems must be tackled through the political system. It is futile to claim that politicians are engaged in acts of treason unless one can apply political sanctions. As a number of constitutional authorities have stressed, centralisation is contrary to the spirit of the type of constitution derived from the United Kingdom. A change of spirit is required before basic changes are going to be made.
The modern, and totalitarian, doctrine of the "supremacy of parliament" implies that governments are omnipotent, that they can change the law to suit their own purposes. Political reform must precede financial, economic and other reforms. But political reform requires a change in the "climate of opinion", which means an insistence that governments belong to the people, not people to governments.
League supporters who wish to be effective cannot spend too much time clearly understanding the basic nature of their problems. As Douglas said, a problem correctly stated, is already half solved.
COUNCIL AMALGAMATIONS IN VICTORIA
People from other States often ask what is happening with compulsory Municipal Amalgamations in Victoria. Broadly speaking, what has happened is that as yet some areas are yet to return to elected Councillors. Overall, rates are being held at previous levels by reducing services and selling off assets. Premier Kennett has expressed his philosophy of totalitarianism by suggesting that the appointed Commissioners (Commisars) are doing such a good job that perhaps they should be allowed to continue.
Drastic reductions in effective representation have resulted in some violent reactions. For example, the Commissioners propose that the new Municipality of Nillimbuk, situated on the north eastern side of Melbourne, should have less than half the Councillors to represent over double the number of ratepayers. The theme being promoted by the government is that a new type of Councillor is needed, one who sees himself more as a business manager.
A recent public meeting in Nillumbuk resulted in a hostile meeting of ratepayers forcing the Commissioners to flee the meeting to barrack themselves behind locked doors! But while the feelings of the ratepayers can be understood, such protests are completely useless. The problems associated with the amalgamation programme can only be solved politically through the Victorian State Government. But the rub is that the Kennett Government as yet still has a complete monopoly of power in both the Legislative Assembly and the Legislative Council. And it is a waste of time to talk of replacing the Kennett Government with a Brumby Labor Government - Brumby has persuaded the Labor Party to adopt most of the Kennett programme!
What is required is a new political force. Until this is achieved little of importance can be done. That is the reality of the situation. A Western Canadian Premier once said, "If the people haven't suffered enough, it is their god-given right to suffer some more". Victorians please note!
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