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21 September 2001. Thought for the Week: "In spite of this universal loathing of war, the situation is daily developing to a clash of nations on a scale which may destroy civilisation. The reason is simple. War does not threaten. We are at war. There is not a person alive who has known peace... This private international financial monopoly by its complete control of monetary systems has complete power over entire communities and over governments. It is a tyranny. And step by step it is entrenching itself more strongly with the clear objective of establishing an open world-tyranny of finance, and the destruction of even the limited national sovereignty of states which exists... What we have to realise is that persons who have this power - and you cannot dissociate persons from the system - are relentlessly pursuing their objective, even though men, women and children are being driven mad, and are experiencing the most terrible suffering as a result of their administration, even though the world is in danger of going up in flames and civilisation being destroyed for centuries."
"The Nature of Social Credit" by L.D. Byrne, June 24th, 1936
THE POLITICS OF REVENGE
by Jeremy Lee
To begin to understand, two questions must be asked: firstly, Cui Bono? (Who benefits?). And secondly, what response is to be fashioned?
The first question has been analysed in the NTS. We will address the second here. Within hours of the tragedy the headlines of America's major dailies pronounced, almost without exception, "IT'S WAR!" And we should make no mistake, war is intended. Far from being a new development, war has been the objective for a number of months, and the most likely starting point is the Middle East. To say that the events in New York and Washington have "legitimised" the programme is true. To say that they were deliberately stage-managed as part of the programme may be as fanciful as it would have been to claim that Pearl Harbour was "stage-managed" in 1941.
Any suggestion of such an idea would have outraged the American people at the time. Yet subsequent revelations have shown that both Churchill and Roosevelt had prior knowledge of the impending attack on Pearl Harbour, due to the cracking of Japan's transmission code, and could have saved the heavy loss of life involved by passing the information to naval commanders at Pearl Harbour. Roosevelt, who had campaigned for office earlier on the promise that he would not allow the United States to be dragged into the war, was able to change direction after Pearl Harbour on the crest of the indignant wave of anger and thirst for revenge among the American people. The same wave of anger, understandably, is evident now.
With no clear understanding of the history behind current events, there is a reaction in America, Europe and Australia against anyone of Middle Eastern descent. There are now a number of nuclear powers in the Middle East and Asia. Israel, Pakistan and India have "the bomb". In addition, China, Russia and North Korea, which are nuclear powers themselves, have been supplying such clients as Iran and Syria with missiles and surface-to-air rockets. What the situation is in the Sudan, Syria, Libya and Egypt with regard to nuclear weapons is not openly known. In addition, China has forged links with the Taliban in Afghanistan and is running a number of projects there.
There is a complex link-up between militant groups in the Middle East, including bin Laden's Al-Qu'ida in Afghanistan, Harakat ul-Mujahaddin in Pakistan, and the Hezbollah, active in the Palestinian territories and the Lebanon. All are said to have links with Osma bin Laden. It is certain that they also have links with elements within such countries as America, Canada, Europe and Australia. We should remember we now have about a million Australians of Arab or part-Arab descent in Australia.
Without in any way decrying the genuine refugees from Afghanistan and Iraq who have been arriving on our shores created in part by the economic sanctions imposed by the West, including Australia, on their home countries we would be naïve indeed if we imagined that the influx did not also include militant elements. Neither is it comfortable to remember that the anguish suffered by the American people at this time has been the lot of the Palestinians for years, as their homes, industries and families have been bombed and attacked day after day.
All too often the anguish of people in faraway countries is something to which, by its continued repetition, we become indifferent, while the same thing closer to home is insupportable. If the culture for revenge and retribution is exploited to the full, and directed against real or imagined opponents without any regard to civilian populations already suffering badly, the capacity for future catastrophe is greater than anything in history. The sheer potency of military technology will ensure that.
While every effort should obviously be made to identify and neutralize the terrorists behind the recent attacks, what is needed now is an honest appraisal of the factors over almost a century which have turned much of the Islamic world into an implacable enemy of the West. There is no doubt that much of this has crystallized into the protracted war following the dispossession of the Palestinian people in 1948, the subsequent refugee crisis, and the one sided war being fought between American-armed-and-financed Israel and today's Palestinians.
In a rare article on this subject in
The Australian (14/9/01), Michael Binyon, diplomatic
editor of the London Times, told something of the reasons
for Islamic reaction:
The huge financial backing of Israel by the United States, currently running at about $19 billion annually, including the armaments used daily against the Palestinians, is evidence of this point of view, and disqualifies America from any impartial brokerage between Israel and the Palestinians. Israel's refusal, supported by the US, to consider any sort of international arbitration in the conflict, simply confirms the Islamic perception of reality. To reinforce the fact that this perception is shared throughout Islam.
The Australian Financial Review
(14/9/01), in an article by Tim Dodd in Jakarta, reported:
" .... Even mainstream opinion in Indonesia is expressing
the view that America is suffering the consequences of its
pro-Israel, anti-Iraq policies.
Indonesia, the largest Islamic country in the world, with 85 percent of its 211 million population Muslim, also harbours organizations openly associated with Osama bin Laden.
AN EYE FOR AN EYEIn a service of prayer and remembrance broadcast from New York since the destruction, the words of a black cleric stood out. If the West was going to adopt the policy of revenge "an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth" the future for the world was hopeless. The time had come to adopt the principles of the Sermon on the Mount, based on forgiveness and a refusal to render evil for evil. That is now the issue facing the once-Christian West. If we follow Ariel Sharon's call for massive retaliation, we stand on the edge of World War Three. It will be the war to end all wars, and much of humanity. An acknowledgement of the rights of the Palestinians to their own home, and a lifting of sanctions against Iraq, which have resulted in some 6,000 needless deaths of women and children each month in the ten years since Desert Storm, might just provide the needed atmosphere for a turning away from war.
PRIME MINISTER RETURNS TO INCREASING CHAOSThe Prime Minister has returned from the ravaged US, stepping from his Qantas flight into domestic chaos. Following hard on the collapse of Australia's biggest insurer, the 65-year-old Ansett is no more. With the possible loss of a further 60,000 jobs, and severe disruption in the travel and tourist industries, and severe disruption in regional Australia, the weeks ahead leading to the federal election look like being turbulent. The last session of Federal Parliament is now in session. Every funding crisis in Australia will be pushed before electors. The boat people issue and his position in supporting the US have changed Howard's fortunes, with a rise in support that could tip him over the edge into re-election. Sadly, a strong military stance has often proved an election winner. Look at Margaret Thatcher and the Falklands. But, as the saying goes, a week is a long time in politics. Howard will be doing everything he can to keep boat people and terrorism in peoples' minds. But what will he do about the latest boatload, who have forced their way onto Ashmore reef? Beazley, on the other hand, will be highlighting every financial crisis. We can expect a further increase in vindictiveness and personal abuse. It will be an exceedingly dirty election.
REPUBLICANS MANOEUVRING INTO THE LIBERALSFollowing the news that Malcolm Turnbull is now a Liberal heavyweight, the latest is that the current chairman of the Australian Republican Movement, Mr. Greg Barnes, is seeking Liberal preselection. It seems clear that republicans don't expect John Howard to be around too long after the election, and that with Treasurer Costello tipped to succeed him as leader of the Liberal Party, it will be a good vantage point for aspiring republicans. No matter whether Labor or Coalition win, the whole republican issue will be rearing its ugly head again. The more independents we can get into office particularly the Senate the better.
by Ann Crosson
But what really floored me was his nonchalant reference to the "New World Order". And the fact that the press didn't roll around the floor laughing when it was mentioned. Raising the subject of the New World Order at rural rallies in the eighties and nineties was guaranteed to bring ridicule on the speaker and raise a laugh in the papers. Reporters and cartoonists had great fun. And by the same token, how come the court can invoke Magna Carta to support the cause of illegal immigrants when time after time victims of the rural clearances who sought to invoke its protection were told, on the 'best' legal authority, that the provisions of Magna Carta no longer applied? Many of the reporters at the Press Club beano have been around a long time. Is memory loss an occupational hazard for reporters? From Neil Baird's e-mail.
COLLATERAL' DAMAGE HITS HOME
by Bob Djurdjevic
"I can't believe what's happening," a shocked close friend said this morning about the deadliest attack on American soil since Pearl Harbor (or maybe even ever?). "No surprise there," I replied. "I've seen too many tragedies (around the world) in the last 11 years, some firsthand as you know, to be fazed by anything anymore." It wasn't a blasé answer. Just factual. So I explained. When the 'world's only superpower' and its allies bombed and killed thousands of innocent civilians in Iraq and Serbia, Americans were told it was just 'collateral damage'. After all, we, the 'champions of democracy and the free world', were only fighting the 'regrettable, but unavoidable', the Pentagon, NATO or State Department spokesmen told us. Now the tables have turned. Terrorism begets terrorism. Unnamed terrorists, presumed to be 'Islamic fundamentalists', have now killed thousands of innocent Americans while fighting, what they think are, the murderous regimes of Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. Now Americans know firsthand some of the terror the Baghdad or Belgrade residents felt when NATO bombers unloaded their deadly cargo on them. The only thing missing is the terrorists' spokesmen telling us now that "it was just 'collateral damage', that some civilian casualties were regrettable, but unavoidable".
by Antonia Feitz
The Sydney Morning Herald's Michelle Grattan sneered at Howard's so-called over-reaction to "a few boats"! (3/9/01). A few days later she creatively linked the Tampa to global warming saying that even if Nauru takes the illegal migrants for processing, we'll eventually have to accept them anyway because Nauru will be inundated due to global warming. Tosh and piffle!
The director of Adelaide's National Tidal
Facility, Dr. Wolfgang Scherer, said his research project
established in 1991 showed sea levels had risen about 1mm
a year because the earth was still recovering from the last
Ice Age, 20,000 years ago (Australian, 18-19/8/01).
As head of the South Pacific Sea Level and Climate Monitoring
Project Dr. Scherer has scientific cred.
Nothing is stopping Howard's critics from individually sponsoring refugees and welcoming them into their homes. Isn't it interesting that the very same people who insist Australia must become a republic, must make a treaty with the aborigines, must have a new flag to symbolise our independence and reconciliation didn't recognise a symbol when one appeared. Howard's dogged stand was precisely such a symbol. Ordinary people understood the nature of Howard's stand and that's why they supported him. Ordinary people have far more grace than their so-called betters. They stoically bear outrageous assaults on their traditions and morality while the elites scream and froth at the mouth whenever they're crossed. It's more evidence of their infantilsm.
WORLD CONFERENCE TO COMBAT ACTIVISM PLANNED
by Greg McCombs
The organisers claim that the goal of the conference is to prevent 'unnecessary damage' to both sides, but it's clear that they will be discussing a wide variety of methods of combating resistance, actions and demonstrations. As the official programme reads: "It will be a closed forum. Senior police officers from the capitals and other major cities of most European countries, North America, Australia and New Zealand are being invited to attend. There will be presentations on the events in Seattle, Melbourne, Prague and The Hague."
Among the stated goals for the conference
the official programme reads:
The program continues: "The ultimate goal is to achieve a situation in which it remains possible to carry on holding summits without this leading to serious public order disturbances and riots, and in which at the same time the democratic right to demonstrate can be exercised as a legitimate means of influencing international political and financial decision-making....".
By the way, as one can read in the official programme, the organisers have invited someone to give a speech from the viewpoint of 'civil society'. We are in (good) contact with this person, and he is still in doubt as to whether he should collaborate or not. If he does, he will tell them loud and clear which atrocities police-forces have been committing and will not collaborate with them in any other way.
Activist groups in the Netherlands are
keeping a close watch on this conference, and discussing different
options for dealing with it. At the moment various ideas for
debate, awareness-raising and action are being developed.
One of the things we have agreed on is that we would like
to use this as an opportunity for activists to gather information
about the means and methods that police (and other repressive
forces and intelligence services) have been using against
We are especially interested in analyses
of the tactics employed by police and other state forces at
different events and summits. We also welcome any comprehensive
reviews of these and similar events containing details of
numbers of arrests (and ultimate prosecutions) and wounded,
'illegal' police methods, actions, etc.
More information on this event will be
distributed later. For the longer term, we would also like
to discuss ways of establishing more structured form of information-sharing
around this issue. You can contact us by e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org
More background information is also to be found on the website of Statewatch: https://www.statewatch.org
SYDNEY CONSERVATIVE SPEAKERS' CLUBSeptember 25th Mr. Geoff Muirden "The Decline & Fall of the White Race". The meeting will be held as usual in the Estonian Hall, 141 Campbell Street, Sydney, commencing at 7.30pm. The cost of attendance is $4 which includes an excellent supper. Books from the Heritage Bookmailing Service will be on display and for sale. October 30th Guest speakers Wendy Scurr & Andrew McGregor "The Massacre at Port Arthur".
NATIONAL WEEKEND OCTOBER 5th, 6th & 7th
Arrangements for the National Weekend are well in hand. Supporters are encouraged to make every effort to come to this special weekend. New South Welshmen now have no excuse the event is being held in their home State! For those friends who have been wondering about Eric and Elma Butler join in with them at the 55th "New Times Dinner".
Guest speakers at the Seminar Saturday, October 6th, include: Peter Davis of Port Lincoln, SA; Jan Pope of Cranbrook, WA; Jeremy Lee of Toowoomba, Qld.; and Bill Buckpitt of Wodonga; Vic., a member of Citizens Against Forced Amalgamation (of Local Councils .. Ed.). We have sought to keep costs down so as not to exclude anyone who would love to be with us.
55th "New Times" Dinner: Friday, October 5th, from 6.30pm to be seated by 7.00pm. $22.50 per person for a 3-course buffet style Dinner. Bar facilities will be available. Seminar: 1.30pm, Saturday, October 6th: Admission $12.50 per person.
Theme: "The Celebration of Federation". Divine Service & Action Conference: Sunday, October 7th, 9.00am-12noon. Venue: The Hume Inn Motel, 406 Wodonga Place, Albury, NSW.
Bookings/payments for Dinner and Seminar go to Melbourne Office. Details of accommodation centres are in the flier now being circulated. A limited number of rooms are available at the Hume Inn phone them now and make your booking.
JEREMY LEE FOR TASMANIATasmanians will be pleased to learn Jeremy Lee will be in Tasmania during October for a number of meetings. Spread the word far and wide for folk to come hear this dynamic and informed speaker. The theme of Jeremy's address will be "Sovereign Money Sovereign Nation". He has continually warned us that no nation can conduct its own affairs if it does not have control over its own financial system.
Launceston: Saturday-Sunday, October 13th-14th, 2001. Further details to be announced.
Limited number available, Camp of the Saints by Jean Raspail. Rich and varied (and often discomforting) imagery, symbolism, and points of view amplify the theme, relating it to such lessons of the past as the Book of Revelation and Paradise Lost. This book will succeed in shocking and challenging the complacent, small-l liberal mind. $25.00 posted.
Here We Go Again by Doug Collins. Read what the Multicultural Gestapo Industry in Canada can do to one man who dares to speak out. Special: $22.00 posted.
The Heritage Journal. We can't
praise enough the latest edition of Heritage. It features
the articles by Larry Noye of the early 1900's character King
O'Malley and his battle to give the Australian people their
own bank (the original Commonwealth Bank). Rex Gilroy's article
continues the search for Australia's ancient history, "Were
the Aboriginals the First Australians?" Part 2, and Nigel
Jackson's review of Solzhenitsyn's biography "Solzhenitsyn:
Soul in Exile" by Joseph Pearce is brilliant. Annual subscription
$30.00 (4 quarterly issues) or single issue $8.00 posted.
THE LEAGUE'S BOOK SERVICES
As well as the publication of journals for the dissemination of information, the League publishes and distributes a wide range of educational books, videos and cassette tapes. These are available at meetings, at our Melbourne bookshop or by mail order from the following addresses:
Victoria & Tasmania: Heritage Bookshop, 2nd Floor, 145 Russell Street, Melbourne, 3000. (GPO Box 1052J, Melbourne, 3001). Phone: (03) 9650 9749; Fax: (03) 9650 9368.
New South Wales: Heritage Book Service, PO Box 6086, Lake Munmorah, 2259. Phone/Fax: (02) 4358 3634.
Queensland: Conservative Book Mailing Service, P.O. Box 7108, Toowoomba Mail Centre, 4352. Phone (07) 4635 7435.
Western Australia: Heritage Book Mailing Service, PO Box 163, Chidlow, 6556. Phone/Fax: (08) 9574 6042.
South Australia: Heritage Book-Mailing Service, PO Box 208, Ingle Farm, 5098. Phone: (08) 8395 9826; Fax: (08) 8395 9827
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