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29 March 1968. Thought for the Week: "Whether you want to or not you will have to trade with us because there exist forces more powerful than your willingness or unwillingness - the economic requirements of your countries."
The economic rehabilitation of Western Europe is impossible without trade relations with Russia - such is the import of Lenin's statements in that period.
From the preface to On Peaceful Co-Existence, V.1. Lenin.
AMERICA CAN WIN VIETNAM WAR IN SIX WEEKS!
Mr. Eric Butler, at present examining the North American political scene at first hand, provides the following extensive report on what a group of American military experts feel about the war in Vietnam:
Under the pressure of the challenge from Senators McCarthy and Kennedy, President Lyndon Johnson has taken what appears to be a harder line on the Vietnam War. A master politician President Johnson senses that perhaps his only way to win both the Democratic nomination and then the Presidential contest is to insist that he means to win in Vietnam. However, at the time of reporting, there is no evidence that President Johnson proposes to do the things which most American military experts are agreed must be done to achieve genuine victory.
A recent survey of the views of these American
military experts reveals that they all agree that the number one priority
is to blockade the North Vietnamese Port of Haiphong. This survey was
undertaken by the monthly magazine Science and Mechanics, and
a long report appeared in the March 1968 issue of that journal.
General Twining is not concerned at all about
the threat of Red China coming into the war. He is worried that the
longer the war goes on, the longer the time available to the Communists
to build up their strength." General Twining is satisfied that the Vietnam
War can be won within a matter of months.
General George H. Decker, a former Chief of Staff
of the U.S. Army said in answer to the question, "What can we do that
we are not doing now, to win the war in Vietnam fast?" replied "Invade
the North and blockade the Port of Haiphong. "
Air Force General Thomas S. Power, former Commander-in-Chief of the Strategic Air Command, said the first thing to be done to end the war in Vietnam was to close the Port of Haiphong. He also said that, "The worst thing you can do in a war is to fight it piecemeal - because then you encourage the enemy to keep going."
Air Force General Frederic H. Smith, Jr. former Vice Chief of the Air Staff warned "The war could continue for years if it is continued on at the present rate. " General Smith advocates choking Haiphong, bombing all targets inside North Vietnam, including the dykes and canals, and then dealing with the Viet Cong in the South. General Smith believes the war could be won in a short time, "three months - maybe less."
A military leader of wide experience, Lt. General Ira C. Eaker, a former Vice Chief of the Air Staff, stated that "Without question, Ho Chi Minh is encouraged to continue his efforts against us by the Vietnam war critics in this country... a few of our people give aid and comfort to the enemy appears to be the price we pay for fighting an undeclared war." General Eaker also urges closing the Port of Haiphong as the first step towards winning.
Lt.-General Arthur G. Trudeau, former Army Chief of Research and Development dismisses the risk of full-scale war with the Soviet Union and Red China if America blockaded Haiphong and invaded North Vietnam.
Air Force Major-General Gilbert L. Meyers, one of those directing the war in Vietnam until just over a year ago, is bitterly critical of the manner in which the Vietnam War is being conducted. He said, "What we are doing now violates every principle of warfare that we in the military have ever known. You can't win wars necessarily by killing people. You've got to overwhelm the enemy. And when you overwhelm him, you kill fewer people than you do by picking at him day after day Westmoreland and the Army people certainly feel the same way about this as I do."
Brigadier-General Henry C. Huglin, a top specialist in strategic warfare, endorsed the views of all those mentioned in this report.
As the military experts are in agreement that
the war in Vietnam can be won in a relatively short time by effectively
cutting the Communist enemy's main supply lines, and by hitting all
his main targets, large numbers of people are repeating dangerous propaganda
by insisting that "The war in Vietnam cannot be won." It cannot be won
while the military are not permitted to win.
PRESS SPECULATION ON VIETNAM POLICY
"The Prime Minister. Mr. Gorton said yesterday that, if there were great changes in U.S. involvement in Vietnam, Australia would be forced to accept them. - The Australian, March 26.
Since Mr. Butler forwarded his report the above statement by the Prime Minister associated with speculations by reporters in Saigon take the transfer to Washington of General Westmoreland as a portent that there is to be a radical change in Vietnam policy. If it is so we should know shortly whether policies of retreat and treason are to be replaced by those of strength and honesty. We would feel more confident had Mr. Gorton accompanied his statement with the assertion that our Government was doing everything within its power to influence the Americans to adopt a positive win policy.
"A group of Australian church leaders said recently they would rather see a Communist take-over in South Vietnam than a continuation of the present fighting and killing. " - Kaniva Times, March 19.
The "leaders" referred to above comprise the executive committee of the Australian branch of the International Committee of Conscience on Vietnam, and comprises the Rev. A. Walker (Methodist) Archbishop C. Appleton and Rev. C.H. Norman, Rev. E.L. Williams (Church of Christ, Vic.), Rev. E. Miller (Presbyterian), and Father C. Bowers (Roman Catholic).
Communism teaches and practices that man is
mere flesh without divine origin. In pursuit of the society erected
on such a concept they have massacred over 90,000,000 people in this
century and enslaved another 11,000,000,000.
CHINA CRACKS THE TRADE WHIP
"Communist China is holding a $100 million whip over Japan." Frank Devine reporting from Tokyo in The Herald, Melbourne, March 13.
Mr. Devine was reporting on the outcome of trade
talks between Japan and Communist China for 1968. He commented, "Politics
came first and business second so far as the Chinese were concerned."
The main purpose of the Chinese was to jolt Japan off its present pro-western
path. The Japanese were forced to accept three precepts.
Once again the Communists are exploiting the weapon of economic determinism to gain political advantage. Under existing economic rules Japan is forced to rely on exports to maintain economic health. Recent statements by Mr. McEwen that the Australian motorcar industry is reaching absorption point so far as Japanese imports are concerned will be music to the ears of the Chinese Communists. All of Japan's friends have high industrial economies and like Japan seek to export. The huge Chinese market offers the salvation Japan seeks to feed her increasing economic output. The Communists will ensure not only their political advantage, but rather than alleviate the wants of the Chinese people, trade will be used to build up the war machine. Such is basic Lenin doctrine.
It is more than time Western nations realised that international trade should consist of genuine surplus production and not as an end in itself. The guidelines are set our in the London Chamber of Commerce report on International Trade available for 15 cents ea. posted from P.O. Box 1226L, Melbourne, 3001.
HYPOCRICY FROM SOUTH AFRICA'S CRITICS
"Non-whites are denied the elementary political, social and economic rights." - Letter to The Herald, Melbourne, March 20. Signatories Professor Sir John Crawford, Bishop Housden of Newcastle; Professor James McAuley, Edward St. John Q.C.A.M.P; Kiley Tennant; Patrick White; Gough Whitlam Q.C., M.P. Judith Wright.
The above extract from a letter written on behalf
of the South Africa Defence and Aid Fund in Australia, marks somewhat
of an advance in front techniques by the revolutionary apparatus seeking
the destruction of South Africa. James McAuley has at least always been
aligned to the Western position in Vietnam. The names of Sir John Crawford
and Bishop Housden lend that respectability which is sought to advance
otherwise ulterior causes, pursued by politicians St. John and Whitlam
for the purpose of enhancing their fundamental political philosophy
of one world government. While the leftist's position is well understood,
those with a claim to objectiveness could well look to the assessment
of men like Sir Alec Douglas-Hume, former British Prime Minister, and
Sir Mahammad Zafrulla Khan, a prominent Pakistani statesman and judge
of the International Court of Justice. Both men went to South Africa
recently and returned with praise for South Africa's policies.
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