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12 October 2001. Thought for the Week: "In a party-political system already fast becoming wholly discredited, Prime Minster Blair stands out as a 'leader' perhaps even more dangerous than Margaret Thatcher. As he struts the world stage with the assumed grandiloquence of a world statesman, one is reminded that he has no practical experience of leadership within the meaning of the term, and has never run a business in his life.
"Playwright Harold Pinter has expressed the opinion that Blair 'loved bombing Serbia' during the illegal United States-driven campaign in the Balkans, in 1999. Professor Noam Chomsky mailed us at the time, 'When I catch him on BBC TV somewhere, or see a picture, he reminds me of nothing more than a slightly crazed six-year old with a big grin while he plays with his new star wars gun that can wipe out everyone in sight'."
"On Target" United Kingdom, July 14th & 28th, 2001
WAR IS ALWAYS THE EXCUSE
by Jeremy Lee
President Bush has demanded international
co-operation in the freezing and confiscation without trial
of the assets of suspected criminals another huge attack
on basic freedoms which say that we are innocent until proven
guilty. "Oh yes," Prime Minister Howard can say. "We passed
such legislation shortly before the New York/Washington tragedy.
The drug trade was the excuse. But we can use the new powers
against terrorism just as easily."
While lip service is still paid by politicians
especially at election time to our traditional freedoms,
the truth is they are all under attack. It was well summed
up in an article in the IT section of The Australian
(2/10/01) which said:
The article went on to describe this
new chip, small enough to be embedded in paper without detection.
It can be woven into designer-labels on clothing, money, official
documents or any personal effects. Cost of production? About
16 cents. The article continued:
Another article in the same issue had this to say: " .... US Attorney-General John Ashcroft is under siege from political colleagues demanding legislation to control encrypted software." His Australian counterpart, Darryl Williams, spoke last week of plans to increase electronic surveillance powers. Anticipated changes to legislation will give agencies the right to tap phones and monitor internet-based communication to help detect a wide range of crimes ...."
AFFECTING THE INTERNATIONAL HIGH-AND-MIGHTYWell, CHOGM has been postponed, as have the Annual bashes of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, which were due to be held in Washington about now. The only one still on the drawing-board is the November 9th-13th get-together of the World Trade Organisation, to be held in a Persian Gulf desert (Doha, Qatar), out of the reach of aspiring protesters. It seems that even the global power brokers are a little nervous of something as unpredictable as terrorism. Does this mean the plans for centrally-controlled free-trade globalism are being abandoned? The reverse is the case, and we can be sure that the "global emergency" will be used wherever possible to speed up the plans for world government.
BRITAIN AND THE EURO
The terrorist attacks have also, apparently,
slowed down the movement towards the Euro. British Prime Minister
Tony Blair is frantic for Britain to join. The Australian
Financial Review (2/10/01) said:
It was once remarked that only under war or threat of war could the British people be induced to give up their freedoms. Our guess is that some pretext will soon be found either 'threat of war' or economic crisis - for Britain's entry into the eurozone without the referendum that Blair promised when elected.
FIGHTING IN AFGHANISTAN
The situation in Afghanistan goes from bad to worse. On top of what looks like being a massive boost to the already out-of-control refugee crisis, major efforts are being made to destabilize the Taliban regime, forcing it to disgorge the demonised Osama bin Laden. Aid in the form of weapons and personnel, injected from the States of Uzbekistan and Tajikstan with Vladimir Putin's permission, is reaching the Afghani opposition. It is certainly the US intention to topple the Taliban and install a 'friendly' regime. In addition, there has been a massive boost to Russia's oil output.
The AFR (2/10/01) said: " ...Russia's
oil output has surged this year by some 500,000 barrels a
day, while the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries
(OPEC) has slashed production by about 3.5 million barrels
a day. Next year output from Russia, the world's second biggest
petroleum producer, is expected to rise by another 350,000
barrels a day, bringing its output near that of world leader
Saudi Arabia ...."
AN HISTORICAL TIME WARP
by Betty Luks
Shahak wrote, "A great deal of nonsense
has been written in the attempt to provide a social or mystical
interpretation of Jewry or Judaism 'as a whole'. This cannot
be done for the social structure of the Jewish people and
the ideological structure of Judaism have changed profoundly
through the ages. Four major phases can be distinguished.
While it is impossible to deal in any depth with these phases
in (the) OT (Old Testament) they can be summarised:
The profound ideological changes
The start of the affair
Those who believe in the 'myths' presented today as history are at a great disadvantage.
FREEDOM AND SLAVERY
by Antonia Feitz
Slaves of high intelligence and professional skills were valued and treated with respect in the ancient world but still they desired and valued freedom. Contemporary poor bondsmen in India complain of their servitude, as do the slaves in Africa. The freedoms we enjoy today were won only with much suffering and bloodshed over many centuries, even millennia. Thomas Jefferson reputably said, "Yes, we did produce a near perfect Republic. But will they keep it, or will they, in the enjoyment of plenty lose the memory of freedom. Material abundance without character is the surest way to destruction."
Clearly Jefferson would weep to see how morally degraded Americans and other Westerners have become. People aren't even expected to develop character any more. As a substitute for a good character they profess woolly, feel-good 'values' such as tolerance. It's just too bad that the people who profess tolerance demonstrate repeatedly that they can't practise it. But even if we are entering a new Dark Age, globalisation's winners will have to cope with an unchanged human nature that's perennially subversive.
IN BOMBS WE TRUST
by Arthur Tuck
To say we are at 'war' with terrorism is like saying we are at war with 'bombing' or with 'shooting'. Terrorism is a method not an object of war. But by what right does Mr. Howard commit Australia to 'war'? He is acting as an executive president which he is not! Has he consulted with Parliament? Not that I am aware! Has the Governor General, the Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Forces, given the executive order? Not that I have heard. In any case I suspect he would not have the authority to do so without a request from Parliament.
What USA has suffered, in a tragic and terrible way, is no more than USA have imposed directly on the Iraqi people for 11 years and indirectly on the Palestinians for the last 45 years. An estimated 1.5 million Iraqis have died of starvation and disease since the Gulf War because of continual bombing by USA and UK and by sanctions which prevent the country rebuilding and feeding its population. So the tragic killing of nearly 7000 innocent civilians in New York is the result of persistent killing by USA of 1.5 million innocent civilians. Bush's answer is to go and kill more innocent civilians!!! What will that answer?
What about changing the policies which have resulted in this intense and justified hatred of USA by so many? When Bush gave his speech recently to Congress I noticed over his head in huge letters written, "In God we trust"! This is about to be changed to "In bombs we trust"! I am praying that the leadership of USA and Australia will learn at this late hour to really "trust in God" and withdraw from the violent slaughter of innocent people and instead change their policies in Iraq and Palestine.
In Iraq stop the bombing, lift the sanctions and assist them to rebuild. In Palestine stop the $US3 billion annual aid to Israel until they withdraw from the occupied territories, dismantle their settlements as required by many UN resolutions and allow the Palestinians to run their own nation! By all means seek the extradition of Osama bin Laden but try him in a court of law. Do not act as a big bully-boy and bomb Afghanistan and run the danger of a third world war when millions more innocent people will die!
GENUINE PROSPERITY VS GLOBALISATION
by Antonia Feitz
When most people are decent human beings who care about one another, why have the greedy few prevailed? What sort of people-hating governments have we elected for this to have occurred? If there have been gains in productivity through automation why haven't the people shared in the increased wealth?
In former times prosperity was measured by leisure. But under the economic 'reforms' of the past twenty years Australians are now working longer hours than almost every other country bar the US. People are stressed and unhappy. This is not prosperity, and it demonstrates just how meaningless Treasury statistics are as a measure of genuine prosperity.
As we recently reported, the young Peter Costello once agreed with us that people matter more than ideology. Who has benefited from the billions of dollars spent in mergers and acquisitions? Not the Australian people. The mania for mergers has led to misery for people. Every day the papers are full of job losses as companies are going under: a few hundred here, a few thousand there. People are left dazed and frightened for their future. How will they pay the mortgage?
In a genuinely prosperous society pensioners could afford dentures, but according to a report in last weekend's press a man has been waiting since 1997. In a genuinely prosperous society mothers of young children wouldn't have to work. A genuinely prosperous society would have first rate public schools and hospitals. A genuinely prosperous society puts people first.
In the same article mentioned above
Dawson also wrote, "... the machinery of modern civilization
has got out of control and threatens to destroy its makers.
It is like Mrs. Shelley's story of the inventor [Dr. Frankenstein]
who devoted his life making an artificial man, and the result
was a monster who pursued its creator with unrelenting hatred
until it had killed him, because he had made it ugly, unhappy
and without a soul."
THE RIGHTFUL CYNICISMS OF YOUTH
by Ann Crosson
All three of my children are, I know, cynical, aware of the mind-twisting machinations of the media, and concerned for the future. We don't have to agonise en famille over this orchestrated assault on our sensibilities. But, unlike their mother, they have accepted their fate. Which is to be victims of the forces that dictate their future. And maybe they're right.
They have to get on with their lives, raise their children, earn their bread as best they're able and cope with the world as it is. And, realistically, what can they do? They vote. But their votes will be recounted according to our perverted electoral system and deemed to be "preferences" for candidates they'd spit on if they weren't such polite people.
Control over our parliaments is a joke.
One of my daughters suggested that we should be allowed to
draw a line through the names of candidates we rejected. Quite
a sensible suggestion, but it wouldn't be looked at, since
the preferential system is designed to ensure the survival
of the two party system. We have no freedom. No matter how
we fret and saw at our chains the parties have us hog-tied.
And the majority, unfortunately, believe that because they
now are free to "enjoy" unlimited choice of lifestyle walk-in,
walk-out relationships, alternative sexual arrangements, unlimited
access to violence and perversion via movies and television,
prostitution accepted as an employment choice, children given
(Heaven help us) "rights", the right to make decisions about
their lives before they've begun them, the right to get into
debt, to choose abortion, to leave home and suffer and die
on the street. This is freedom?
"Any man's death diminishes me because I am involved in mankind. Therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls. It tolls for thee."
John Donne said it in the 16th.century
and was right. We do not live in a vacuum. We live in families
and societies and woe betide us if we forget that. And while
we, as a nation, frolic around feeling "free" to indulge our
physical and emotional pleasures we are, at the same time,
submitting to gross interference with our personal lives.
Never have there been so many regulations imposed on people.
Licenses for cats and dogs. Permits required for any and every
home improvement. Fines for letting garden weeds get out of
control. Fines for chopping down trees on your own property.
HALF THE POPULATION STRUGGLES TO MAKE ENDS MEET
by Antonia Feitz
The research, commissioned by the Commonstealth
Bank, discovered that people earning less than $35,000 a year
and those aged between 35 and 49 have the greatest difficulty
saving. What does it say about the remoteness of the elites
that it took 'research' to discover that people on low incomes
in their peak child-rearing years don't save money. Who would
have thought of it.
The 'research' found the reason people
don't save ranges from a lack of discipline (which would mainly
be the young) to the burden of household bills and government
taxes (families). All that GST piling up on their bills hasn't
helped Australia's struggling families. But this government
doesn't care about people. Incredibly, it's going to slug
the small business sector with more tax changes that one tax
expert has warned will make tax time for small businesses
even more complicated and expensive (Geoffrey Lehmann, The
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Under the title "It's your world that has gone mad, Mr. Blair" the following letter appeared in The Financial Times, 25/7/01. Where have we heard this before?
Sir, When I, as a company director in
his mid-50s, start to have sympathy for the Group of Eight
protesters, perhaps the world, as Tony Blair states, has gone
mad. However, I suspect that the real element of madness is
that Mr. Blair and his fellow delegates have moved so far
away from the real world that they do not see any element
of madness in the obscene extravagance of spending £115m on
a conference when the communiqué had already been drafted
before they went to Genoa. Nor does Mr. Blair appear to have
seen the link between an unwillingness to vote for politicians
not apathy and the blatant waste of money on themselves
or their ego trips, for example the Dome, the wallpaper, the
cost of the new MPs' offices and so on.
SYDNEY CONSERVATIVE SPEAKERS' CLUBOctober 30th Guest speakers Wendy Scurr & Andrew McGregor "The Massacre at Port Arthur". 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.November 27th The last meeting of the year will give you the rare opportunity to be a speaker. Open to all members of the audience with a time limit of five minutes. Be prepared to answer questions. A supper with some Christmas fare will conclude our evening. The first meeting for 2002 will be Tuesday, January 29th, 2002.
FREE SPEECH SEMINARAustralian Civil Liberties Union:Venue: 15-21 Therry Street, Melbourne, near intersection with Elizabeth Street and near Victoria Market. Admission: $10 (free to ACLU financial members). Speakers: Raymond Hoser, "Police Corruption & Persecution of Whistleblowers"; Geoff Muirden, "Free Speech & Anti-Racism Laws"; Dr. Fredrick Toben, "Events of September 11th; Revisionism & Middle East; Durban Race Hate Conference"; John Bennett, "What Price Israel? Why Terrorism? The Irving Case".Date: Sunday, October 21st, 2001. 2pm-5pm. Pre-booking required. Phone: (03) 9347 8671.
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