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24 October 2003. Thought for the Week: "A Free Society: This is not just a "free for all" in which everyone can do what he likes, irrespective of everyone else, but a Society based upon Natural Law, i.e., upon the nature of things, and particularly of people.
In contrast to the Socialist or Collectivist Society, such a Society exists entirely for the benefit of the people who comprise it, apart from which it has no justification for existence. It follows that there can be no antagonism between the good of Society and the good of the individuals who comprise it, since they are the same thing and the chief of these "Goods" is freedom, which is inextricably linked with responsibility, since in fact they are aspects of the same thing "
Geoffrey Dobbs in "Responsible Government in a Free Society" 1969.
HAS JOHN HOWARD LEFT HIS RUN TOO LATE?
by Jeremy Lee
The current apparent rise in the value of the Australian dollar is more exactly a fall in the $US. Notice carefully that the Australian dollar is not rising against the other major currencies. The American dollar is in freefall, as nations such as Japan, China and others begin selling US bonds and investments, leaving behind a gaping hole, as the State Department has no foreign "fill" left to plug the gaping Trade and Budget deficits.
The pressure to find other currencies to finance oil sales from OPEC countries grows daily. Although not a member of OPEC, Vladimir Putin in Russia is now canvassing selling Russian oil in Euros - which would complete the rout of the American dollar. The rise in the Australian dollar from 63 cents to almost 70 cents in the last four months, an increase of about 12 per cent, should have resulted in an equivalent drop in petrol prices. But where is it?
Australia has now moved back into the
"bad old days" of strikes and industrial stoppages. Brendan
Nelson - he of the diamond ear-stud - is not so popular with
our tertiary institutions as he might have hoped. A national
strike of academics, supported by students, is almost unheard
of, but has just occurred.
A PARTY BY ANY OTHER NAME
The National Party of Australia has changed its name for the second time in 30 years. In the early 70s it was "The Country Party". Then, as the country was being decimated, it became "The National Party". Now it is "The Nationals". (It is perilously close to the National Bank, which changed its name to "The National" - which did nothing to make it more popular. The National Bank is now losing heavily on the drop in value of the $US)
It's not a name-change that can or will make any difference to the motley group on the National's benches in Canberra. It is doing nothing to change the disastrous state of affairs in rural Australia. Already, the Nationals have jumped back onto Howard's coat tails in endorsing the sale of the remaining 51 per cent of Telstra. Why? Despite a disastrous foray into the Hong Kong communications market, Telstra at the moment makes a healthy profit which delivers a significant dividend to Canberra every year. Why forfeit such an advantage, potentially lasting for generations, for a short-term spending spree to hide our debts? The Nationals are either too lazy, ignorant or fearful to look at alternative ideas to finance development in Australia.
Having just completed the Alice-to-Darwin railway, which will be foreign-owned and operated for 50 years, who don't they look at Australia's transcontinental railway, which we financed ourselves? Telstra has been built through decades of investment by taxpayers. Its infrastructure in lines and technology is enormous. Virtually every Australian home, from the busiest city to the remotest outback area, has phone facilities of some sort or another. Every poll on the issue shows a big majority of Australians opposed to the sale of the remaining 51 per cent of Telstra. They suspect, with good reason, that it will end up foreign owned.
De-Anne Kelly, National Party member for Dawson, has confirmed that the big majority in her electorate oppose the sale. If "The Nationals" would like to be seen as representative, why don't they run their own polls on the issue? And promise to "represent" the result in Parliament? It would do more to enhance their image than any name change! Incidentally, the test for De-Anne Kelly will not be in the defiant statements she makes for public consumption. It will be in the way she votes when the proposal is placed before Parliament.
CASHING IN ON DEBT
One of the beneficiaries of a worsening debt crisis is the debt factoring industry. In Australia it has now become an industry exceeding $20 billion a year, and should, according to the pundits, do even better if there is a housing downturn in Australia. The Australian, (10/10/03) described it thus:
.Debtor financing is the practice
of lending a business cash secured against its outstanding
invoices. It allows the business to get a proportion of the
money immediately, without waiting for it to be collected
from customers. The main banks do all the debtor financing
and there are dozens of smaller providers.
In the old days we called them "the bailiffs" - the hardened thugs who collected debt by entering your premises and seizing your goods. Now we have turned it into an art form business of its own, turning over $20 billion a year.
MAKING TELSTRA A TEST CASE
A privately-produced newspaper, National Interest, has included the following (partial) list of Australian assets sold by Labor and Coalition governments:
SALES PENDING: Australian Submarine Corp. Health Services Australia; National Rail Corp; and, coming up if Howard, Anderson and Costello can manage it - the 51% remainder of Telstra'
(The list above is by no means exhaustive.
We haven't listed electricity generation, water, ports and
harbours. It is only a partial list; but it shows the disturbing
and dangerous trend.)
A PEOPLE THAT SHALL 'DWELL ALONE'
by Betty Luks
Another of his claims is, "Despite its socialist appearance - kibbutzes, female soldiers, and the rest - Zionism is a profoundly conservative idea, based on the re-creation of an ancient nation and culture. It is also globally conservative, requiring a definite and uncompromising form of national sovereignty and an implicit rejection of multiculturalism. Israel stands - alone in its region - for placing the rule of law above the rule of power. Its destruction would be a disaster for what remains of the civilized world "
Western nations grew out of Christendom
As for the claims of its ancient culture, Mr. Hitchens must be aware that, according to their own scribes, the tribe of Judah invaded, brutally murdered many of the inhabitants, and occupied a portion of a land that had been developed and settled for over a thousand years. Jerusalem, the seat of that civilisation, was known as a Royal City long before the tribe set foot in the place. Mr. Hitchens can read of Joshua's policies and plans 'to take and occupy the houses they had not built and reap the fields they had not sown'.
Viewed from a longer perspective, the time in which a loose federation of tribes, which included one named 'Israel', occupied that ancient land appear as but a moment in the great expanse of Palestinian history.
'Globally conservative' - read 'anti-nationalist'
What a sad fate awaits the Jewish people if they continue on this path. Their ideology is essentially group-nomadic; they are eternally destined to dwell alone; a people much too separated to become a part of another nation-state and who will resent and resist any claims on the part of the people of a host nation that they must assimilate - or at least live in harmony with them.
Professor Kevin McDonald, Department of Psychology, California State University in The Culture of Critique has documented and listed the powerful and influential Jewish movements and individual 'agents of change and transformations' in America that were a necessary condition for bringing in these changes.
He writes: "In the case of the reversal in U.S. immigration policy, there simply were no other pressure groups that were pushing for liberalized, multi-racial immigration during the period under consideration Nor were there any other groups or intellectual movements developing images of the U.S. (and the western world generally ed) as a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic society rather than a European civilization."
But, the population mix in America (and
ed) is now a worry to them and Prof. McDonald remarks,
An agent for change of policy
McDonald concluded that Mr. Steinlight
"is exclusively concerned with Jewish interests - an example
of moral particularism which is a general feature of Jewish
As for Hitchens' claim that "Despite its socialist appearance Zionism is a profoundly conservative idea " all I can say is, "Peter. You can't be serious!" Not only were Jewish-Zionist 'agents of change' busily engaged in influencing and shaping the western nations' policies, in opposition to the interests of the majority populations of European descent, there is irrefutable evidence of their philosophical roots and involvement in Communism.
No longer can journalists such as Peter Hitchens claim ignorance about the criminal nature of Communism and of the Jewish-Zionist role and influence in Communist regimes, as well as their power in the West.
IS VICTORIA STILL THE PLACE TO BE
by Don Auchterlonie
A Real Estate agent said: "I think the majority of people who are borrowing the big bucks are the younger generation in their 30s. They are too young to understand the pain of the 'recession we had to have' and they will have to learn the lesson the hard way - debt levels are getting a little out of hand."
The same paper caries an article "Welfare
Crunch Looms" in which five larger welfare organizations warn
that unless funding cuts are reversed they could be out of
action within a few years.
OF PARIAHS AND PRE-EMPTIVE STRIKES
by William A. Cook
Ha'aretz listed Sharon's demands in
its April 16th edition, demands uttered only two days earlier
by Israeli Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz:
Sharon added that President Pashar Assad "is dangerous". His judgment is "impaired." Like Saddam, Israel and America are confronted once again with a dangerous threat in the form of a dictator.
Sharon says the Jews run America
These actions are seen in the Arab world as portending mid-east domination by Israel. Kamal Kharrazi, Iranian Foreign Minister, stated that United States actions are done to allow Israel domination in the mid-east. A Syrian Cabinet report notes that US statements regarding Syria are a "stimulus and a service to Israel's goals and expansion greed."
In a similar vein, AIPAC's recent invitation to Intifad Qanbar of the Iraqi National Congress to attend its conference, one of the primary Iraqi figures expected to play a major role in the "new" Iraq, reflects Israel's links to pro-Israel Iraqi groups as a "democratic" Iraq emerges. AIPAC has had ongoing meetings with Ahmed Chalabi founder of that organization, personal friend of Rumsfeld, and self-proclaimed future leader of Iraq. Add to this Israeli/Iraq connection the imposition of General Garner as "pro-consul" of Iraq and sympathizer with the tribulations of Ariel Sharon, the off-hand dismissal of the UN as a participant in the reconstruction of the new Iraq, and the distribution of reconstruction contracts to corporations tied to the "pro-Israeli clique," and it is no wonder the Arab world fears the rising power of Israel in the mid-east.
The core clique in the Bush Administration
The Institute for Advanced Strategic and Political Studies prepared the report, "A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm." The main ideas for the report came from "prominent opinion makers" Richard Perle, James Colbert, and Douglas Feith among others. Of all the recommendations presented in that report, the most pertinent to this paper is this statement: "Israel can shape its strategic environment, in cooperation with Turkey and Jordan, by weakening, containing, and even rolling back Syria. This effort can focus on removing Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq - an important Israeli strategic objective in its own right - as a means of foiling Syria's regional ambitions."
Immediate access to Iraqi oil
One wonders, therefore, why Perle would make this observation in the 1996 report. The answer is in the immediate access Israel has to Iraqi oil now that it is under US occupation; the pipeline through Jordan will be reopened providing cheaper oil to Israel. In addition, US troops present in Iraq and Kuwait offer strategic support to the continued existence of the Israeli state and rearrange the strategic balance in the Middle East in favor of Israel. Neither of these reasons could be declared publicly.
Having achieved one objective, Perle can now look to the second, "foiling Syria's regional ambitions." To bring focus to the threat Syria poses for the United States and its alleged desire to create democracies in the mid-east, Israel can turn to the "Securing the Realm" report for arguments: "It is dangerous for Israel to deal naively with a regime murderous of its own people, openly aggressive toward its neighbours, criminally involved with international drug traffickers and counterfeiters, and supportive of the most deadly terrorist organizations."
Substitute the United States for Israel
in the above quote and you have the arguments being offered
to America to take out Syria.
Since Perle and Wolfowitz have transferred their presence to the new administration, having been out of power during the Clinton years, they can now resurrect the essential points of their old 1991/2 report in the form of the September 2002 National Security Strategy Policy Report that calls upon the US to adopt "the principle of preemption" as outlined in their report and made a part of the Israeli 1996 study. Indeed, that principle served as the basis for attacking Iraq. Now it can serve to invade Syria. All that is needed is the threat as outlined above.
Congressmen friendly to Israel, including Rep. Eliot L. Engel, D-NY and Senators Rick Santorum (PA) and Barbara Boxer (CA) are already moving to force sanctions on Syria, a first step in the acceptance of the arguments that allow for a preemptive strike. The simple arrangement of an "unprovoked' attack by Syria against Israel or an Israeli interest will be stimulus enough to "justify" invasion.
In a letter to the President, dated
April 3, 2002, five months before the National Security Strategy
Policy Report was issued as the guiding document for the Bush
administrations' foreign policy, Perle, Daniel Pipes, Norman
Podhoretz, William Kristol, William Bennett and many others
from the "New American Century Project", wrote:
Even if we overlook the obsequious drivel in this letter and the omitted realities of Israeli behavior under Sharon, who has made a hallmark of state run terrorism, we can see that Israel's interests as promulgated by Perle and Wolfowitz have been transferred to America. Indeed, Israel is being targeted for terrorist actions precisely because it is a friend of the US, and, therefore, it follows that the US has a responsibility for defending Israel. To that end, Perle and company demanded that "the United States should lend its full support to Israel (and) we urge you to accelerate plans for removing Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq."
Nowhere do these Israeli advocates mention that Israel alone in the mid-east has known weapons of mass destruction including Lithium-6 or nuclear capability in the neighbourhood of 200 bombs. Nowhere do they mention that the argument against Iraq for defying UN resolutions can be leveled as well at Israel, including the most recent resolution of this month, voted 50-1 with the US voting against the resolution, condemning Israel for "mass killing" of Palestinians and for its settlement policy.
Nowhere do they tell the truth about Israeli democracy that exists for Jews but not to the same extent for Arabs and certainly not for Palestinians. Nowhere do they explain that America's forces, its sons and daughters and American tax dollars, are being used to effect Israel's interests as laid out in the "Securing the Realm" report. Nowhere do they mention that it is Sharon's savage policies that have made America a pariah in the Arab world because of its unswerving support for his vengeful, retaliatory attacks against incarcerated Palestinians in refugee camps surrounded by tanks and barbed wire.
In brief, the Wolfowitz/Perle coalition have managed to have the United States achieve the first of their desired goals for Israel, the elimination of Saddam Hussein, and seem prepared to use US forces again to remove Syria and then Iran. For the US to become a mercenary force for Israel, because a few persistent neo-con fanatics have managed to corral America's foreign policy, threatens the very premise of our democracy, just as it threatens the security of our citizens who become the victims of those who decry the imperialist direction the current administration has designed for America."
William Cook is a professor of English at the University of La Verne in southern California. He can be reached at: cookb@ULV.EDU
SYDNEY CONSERVATIVE SPEAKERS' CLUBThe next meeting will be held Thursday, 30th October 2003. It will be an Open Night for the Audience to have their say. Venue is the Lithuanian Club, 10 East Terrace, Bankstown; approximately 600metres from Bankstown Railway Station. Your cost of attendance is $4 - bring a friend for the first time and there is no entrance fee. There are a variety of restaurants along the South Terrace for those who require an evening meal and the Lithuanian Club has ample parking facilities.
ADELAIDE CONSERVATIVE SPEAKERS' CLUBThe next CSC will be held on Monday, 3rd of November, and the venue is the Public Schools' Club, 207 East Terrace (Cnr. Carrington) Adelaide. The guest speaker will be Dr. Alec Burton of the Natural Health Association. To help defray costs, an admittance fee of $5 will be charged for those who come to the address only. A tasty, inviting vegetarian meal is planned for those who come to the dinner.
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