30 April 2004. Thought for the Week:
"So we find that provision in the Preamble which summarises
briefly and succinctly the pith and substance of that great
act of unity, that the people of each of the State(s)
"humbly relying on the blessing of Almighty God, have
agreed to unite in one indissoluble Federal Commonwealth under
and under the Constitution hereby established."
Professor David Flint in "The Twilight of the Elites,"
THINKING ABOUT NEOCONSERVATISM
by Kevin MacDonald continued
Kevin MacDonald is Professor of Psychology at California State
Last week the article finished with
most common rhetoric used by Jewish intellectual and political
movements has been the language of moral universalism and
the language of science -- languages that appeal to the educated
elites of the modern Western world. But beneath the rhetoric
it is easy to find statements expressing the Jewish agendas
of the principal actors
"For example, anthropologists under the leadership of
Boas viewed their crusade against the concept of "race"
as, in turn, combating anti-Semitism. They also saw their
theories as promoting the ideology of cultural pluralism,
which served perceived Jewish interests because the U.S. would
be seen as consisting of many co-equal cultures rather than
as a European Christian society.
Similarly, psychoanalysts commonly used their theories to
portray anti-Jewish attitudes as symptoms of psychiatric disorder.
Conversely, the earlier generation of American Jewish Trotskyites
ignored the horrors of the Soviet Union until the emergence
there of state-sponsored anti-Semitism.
Neoconservatives have certainly appealed to American patriotic
platitudes in advocating war throughout the Middle East --
gushing about spreading American democracy and freedom to
the area, while leaving unmentioned their own strong ethnic
ties and family links to Israel.
Michael Lind has called attention to the neoconservatives'
"odd bursts of ideological enthusiasm for 'democracy'"
-- odd because these calls for democracy and freedom throughout
the Middle East are also coupled with support for the Likud
Party and other like-minded groups in Israel that are driven
by a vision of an ethnocentric, expansionist Israel that,
to outside observers at least, bears an unmistakable (albeit
unmentionable) resemblance to apartheid South Africa.
War for 'democracy' and 'freedom' sells better
These inconsistencies of the neoconservatives are not odd
or surprising. The Straussian idea is to achieve the aims
of the elite ingroup by using language designed for mass appeal.
War for "democracy and freedom" sells much better
than a war explicitly aimed at achieving the foreign policy
goals of Israel.
Neoconservatives have responded to charges that their foreign
policy has a Jewish agenda by labeling any such analysis as
"anti-Semitic." Similar charges have been echoed
by powerful activist Jewish organizations like the ADL and
the Simon Wiesenthal Centre.
But at the very least, Jewish neoconservatives like Paul Wolfowitz,
who were deeply involved in pushing for the war in Iraq, should
frankly discuss how their close family and personal ties to
Israel have affected their attitudes on US foreign policy
in the Middle East.
Wolfowitz, however, has refused to discuss this issue beyond
terming such suggestions "disgraceful."
A common argument is that neoconservatism is not Jewish because
of the presence of various non-Jews amongst their ranks.
But in fact, the ability to recruit prominent non-Jews, while
nevertheless maintaining a Jewish core and a commitment to
Jewish interests, has been a hallmark -- perhaps the key hallmark
-- of influential Jewish intellectual and political movements
throughout the 20th century.
Freud commented famously on the need for a non-Jew to represent
psychoanalysis, a role played by Ernest Jones and C. G. Jung.
Margaret Mead and Ruth Benedict were the public face of Boasian
anthropology. And, although Jews represented over half the
membership of both the Socialist Party and the Communist Party
USA at various times, neither party ever had Jews as presidential
candidates and no Jew held the top position in the Communist
Party USA after 1929.
In all the Jewish intellectual and political movements I reviewed,
non-Jews have been accepted and given highly-visible roles.
Today, those roles are played most prominently by Dick Cheney
and Donald Rumsfeld whose ties with neoconservatives go back
many years. It makes excellent psychological sense to have
the spokespeople for any movement resemble the people they
are trying to convince.
In fact, neoconservatism is rather unusual in the degree to
which policy formulation -- as opposed to implementation --
is so predominantly Jewish. Perhaps this reflects U.S. conditions
in the late 20th century.
All the Jewish intellectual and political movements I studied
were typified by a deep sense of orthodoxy -- a sense of "us
versus them." Dissenters are expelled, usually amid character
assassination and other recriminations.
This has certainly been a feature of the neocon movement.
The classic recent example of this "We vs. They"
world is David Frum's attack on "unpatriotic conservatives"
as anti-Semites. Any conservative who opposes the Iraq war
as contrary to U.S. interests and who notes the pro-Israeli
motivation of many of the important players, is not to be
argued with, but eradicated. "We turn our backs on them."
This is not the spirit out of which the Anglo-American parliamentary
tradition was developed, and in fact was not endorsed by other
non-Jewish pro-war conservatives.
Jewish intellectual and political movements have typically
had ready access to prestigious mainstream media channels,
and this is certainly true for the neocons. The anchoring
by the Washington Post of the columns of Charles Krauthammer
and Robert Kagan and by the New York Times of William Safire's
illustrates this. But probably more important recently has
been the invariable summoning of neoconservatives to represent
the "conservative" line on the TV Networks. Is it
unreasonable to suppose that this may be somewhat influenced
by the famously heavy Jewish role in these operations?
Immigration policy provides a valuable acid test for the proposition
that neoconservatism is actually a vehicle for perceived Jewish
ethnic interests. I believe I have been able to demonstrate
that pro-immigration elements in American public life have,
for over a century, been largely led, funded, energized and
organized by the Jewish community. American Jews have taken
this line, with a few isolated exceptions, because they have
believed, as Leonard S. Glickman, president and CEO of the
Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, has bluntly stated, "The
more diverse American society is the safer [Jews] are."
Having run out of Russian Jews, the HIAS is now deeply involved
in recruiting refugees from Africa.
When, in the middle 1990s an immigration reform movement arose
amongst American conservatives, the reaction of the neoconservatives
ranged from cold to hostile. No positive voice was permitted
on the Op-Ed page of the Wall Street Journal, by then a neoconservative
(Perhaps significantly, a more recent exception has been a
relatively favorable review of the anti-illegal immigration
book Mexifornia -- whose author, the military historian Victor
Davis Hanson, has distinguished himself by the extreme hawkishness
of his views on the Middle East.) The main vehicle of immigration
reform sentiment, National Review, once a bastion of traditional
conservative thought, was quite quickly captured by neoconservatives
and its opposition to immigration reduced to nominal.
Prior to the post-9/11 U.S. invasion of the Middle East, this
suppression of the immigration reform impulse among conservatives
was probably the single most important contribution of the
neoconservatives to the course of U.S. history. It may yet
prove to be the most disastrous."
NEWS IN BRIEF
Adelaide Advertiser 23/4/04
· Since March 2003 the American Congress has approved US$220
Billion for the continuing war of aggression against the people
of Iraq; the figure includes $120 billion for this year and it
has been estimated that figure will blow out by US$69-103 Billion.
· Jane Errey, whose job in the Defence Department involved
preparing briefings for Australia's Minister for Defence, Robert
Hill, is contesting her dismissal claiming she was sacked for
refusing to exaggerate briefings on Iraq. She has lodged an unfair
dismissal claim against the Federal Government.
CONSTITUTION EDUCATION FUND - AUSTRALIA
We have received notice of the initiative
by the Constitution Education Fund - Australia (CEF-A) to establish
a Constitutional Prize Programme with the principal aim of encouraging
young Australians to think and learn about the history and operation
of the Australian Constitution and the Australian system of government.
His Excellency, Major-General Michael Jeffery AC CVO MC, the Governor-General
of Australia has agreed to be Patron-in-Chief of the prize programme.
The competitions will target different age groups and will be
judged by eminent Australians who have expertise in areas related
to the prize competitions. Judges and advisers will be drawn from
the highest echelons of the academic, legal and business community
and from the public sector. Prizes will include significant cash
sums, overseas trips and travelling scholarships.
We have received a request to inform our readers:
If you would like further information go to website https://www.cefa.org.au
'Our Constitution - The foundation of a free, united and democratic
nation where you will find further details.
The postal address is: GPO Box 64, Sydney NSW 2001.
The founding benefactor (now deceased): Father Jeremy Flynn and
trustees include Professor David Flint AM and Mrs Kerry Jones
as Executive Director.
THE HOGS OF WAR
Such is the heading of an article by
Sam Kiley in the U.K's The Spectator, 17/4/04. It deals
with the estimated 14,000 mercenaries engaged by private companies
who have won 'outsourced' security contracts in the war of
aggression against the Iraqi people. After the Americans and
the British these mercenaries form the third largest foreign
military force in the country.
"They bustle through the Palestine Hotel lobby in central
Baghdad," writes Sam Kiley, "clanking with military
hardware." They stand out with their crew-cut hair style
and wraparound sunglasses. "A Heckler and Koch 9mm submachine
gun is de rigueur -- strapped across a black Kevlar bullet-proof
vest, barely hidden by a photographer's jacket. Pockets are
stuffed with radios, a hand-held global positioning system,
medical trauma packs."
He continues, "From the webbing belt holding up 'rip-proof'
combat trousers, a Gerber multi-tool dangles beside a Leatherman
knife. Another gun, usually a Glock 9mm, is held in a black
nylon holster halfway down one thigh. Spare clips of 'ammo'
and a commando dagger are sheathed on the other leg. The knees
are reinforced with strap-on rubber pads.
Asked about their backgrounds, the Brits among them smile
enigmatically and 'let slip' they've spent some time 'in Hereford'
-- a weak code for service with 22 Special Air Service. The
Yanks favour a 1,000-mile stare and 'I've been around a bit
since Mogadishu'. They sneak looks at each other's hardware
and exchange knowing nods. It's all a bit Village People
The journalist noted
"The mercenaries are unaccountable, often incompetent,
and deeply unpopular. Come to think of it, so are the people
in the Pentagon who hired them
Drawn to Mesopotamia by
promises of daily salaries of £300-£500, the modern
dogs of war have found the pickings rich. But how much use
they are, or good they do, is another matter. These days the
ubiquity of heavily armed foreigners partly explains why so
many people are being kidnapped in Iraq."
The mercenaries are engaged to guard civilian workers and
journalists and "to train Iraq's army and police. They
are securing its national assets, like the oil pipelines.
In fact, foreign soldiers are doing what the American occupiers
should have asked the conquered Iraqi army to do. The difference
is that the mercenaries are probably the most hated and humiliating
aspect of the disastrous occupation of Iraq -- and they're
not much good either
We know the Pentagon has 'splashed out' at least £150
million on private security contracts in Iraq and Mr. Kiley
has pinpointed some of them:
Erinys -- The company was founded by Alastair Morrisson, a
former officer in the SAS. "Erinys has a $100 million
contract to hire 14,000 Iraqi and foreign soldiers to guard
the country's oil fields. But no one knows what the rules
of engagement of his men really are
Dyncorp International -- A mercenary blue-chip outfit. "It
has a $50 million contract from the State Department to train
Iraq's police forces.
"But it also needs extra firepower to protect its own
employees. Dyncorp men have created their own fortresses in
Baghdad, erecting barriers on residential streets. Like almost
any of the foreign hired guns in Iraq, they stop and search
Iraqis whenever they want, shove to the front of all traffic
queues and lines at petrol stations, and are quickly recruiting
their own private army. Most dangerously of all, Dyncorp has
a militia of Kurds from the north of Iraq, working in the
Arab dominated Iraqi capital. Dyncorp staffers can be spotted
miles off because they love to race about at over 100mph in
vast jeeps -- which no Iraqis can afford."
Blackwater Security Consulting. -- The
four men "who were torn apart in Fallujah" were
from the Blackwater Security Consulting 'guns-for-hire' company.
It is alleged they were "escorting a food convoy. How
dumb is that? Did no one tell them that Americans are hated
in Fallujah, the scene of bloody clashes on a daily basis?
If there was a need to guard food convoys, why didn't the
army do it? If the men were actually working for the CIA,
which has outsourced most of its combat-type operations, what
the hell were two jeep-loads of armed men doing tooling around
the front line? Either way it was stupid for the mercenaries
to be where they were
Custer Battles -- "It is run by Mike Battles, who is
no veteran of great experience -- he's apparently only 33."
Custer Battles is a private company which has gained security
contracts to the value of "close to £40 million"
from the US government and private firms.
It is reported Mike Bloss, a Brit who died bravely fighting
off guerrillas and saved three engineers fixing power lines
in Hit, not far from Fallujah, worked for Custer Battles.
Business booming for 'Guns for Hire'
"But this boom in mercenary work, or 'outsourcing' as
the Pentagon would probably prefer to call it
add to the chaos in Iraq. There is no legal system functioning
in Iraq if foreign mercenaries end up killing people -- in
fact they are officially beyond the law, according to the
rules set by the U.S. viceroy in Iraq, Paul Bremer. (Perhaps
because mercenaries are also in charge of protecting his skin.)"
We now call warfare an 'industry' -- governed by 'market forces':
The 'financial killings' are having a negative effect on regular
military services. "British PMCs, who have the best reputation,
are expected to earn about £1 billion from their Iraq
operations this year, up from an industry average of £200
million over the last few years. This is a disaster for Britain's
armed forces because the genuine SAS soldier commands a premium
fee in the open market
The following was sent to the Australian
Federal Police Commissioner Mr. Mick Keelty by Port Lincoln's
Mayor, Peter Davis. 18/3/2004
"Dear Mr. Keelty
With the controversy of recent days swirling round you I feel
compelled to convey my support for your original remarks.
It is a sad truth that for many decades past we of the West
[Christians and Zionist Jews,] have treated the people of
Palestine and of the Middle East in an appalling manner.
Any unbiased investigation of the fate of the Palestinian
people, [Muslim, Christian and Jewish] will reveal the trickery,
deprivation of land, homes and general Western "terrorism"
going back to the 1920's. Indeed, by watching one's T.V. on
a nightly basis one can see who is equipped with the latest
military hardware and who is throwing stones.
Similarly with the "Middle East." From the signing
of the Syke-Piqot Agreement in 1916, and the 1920 agreement
between Britain and the U.S.A. we have carved up and exploited
their lands and resources.
It was the successful charge of the Australian Light Horse
Brigade in 1916 that led to the capture of Beersheba and later
Jerusalem that gave the Allies military control of Palestine.
Our Australian 1916 military success was the catalyst for
much of the Palestinian distress suffered today as a consequence
of the Balfour Declaration signed in 1917. A visit to the
Canberra War Memorial will confirm the magnificent ancient
mosaic tiles removed from the Gaza Church and much of the
military detail embodied above. The Palestinians have not
forgotten. Nor have they forgotten the Balfour Declaration,
and the secret Sykes-Piqot Agreement that split their ancient
lands and damaged their culture.
Similarly, the control by Western Christian and Jewish companies
of Middle Eastern oil is behind much of the Islamic enmity
we suffer today. The 1920 agreement between America and Britain
resulted in American oil control of Saudi Arabia, the Al Saud
family power and the huge Riyadh American defence base. British
Petroleum's oil interests originated within Iraq. These old
sores still rancour within Middle Eastern Muslim people .
We would do well to consider why Saddam Hussein and Osama
bin Laden's forces were armed and trained by America's C.I.A.
some years ago. Indeed the earlier roles of Donald Rumsfeld,
and Dick Cheney's Haliburton Petroleum, will help us understand
Islamic enmity today.
If one is militarily inferior yet mentally comparable there
is only one way one can defend one's rights, beliefs and country.
When we were on the defensive in World War 2 our first attacks
were carried out by "guerrillas". And, rightfully,
we were proud of our men's courage. Similarly with the Roman
Empire... Have we forgotten "the barbarians" and
their military pin pricks, as conquered and threatened peoples
defended their beliefs, despite the overwhelming military
power confronting them?
We call attacks upon our civilization "terrorism."
Yet, we would do well to view our past actions through the
eyes of Middle Eastern people if we desire a more peaceful
world. They see decades of Western "terrorism",
injustice and inhumanity. In Christian terms, we need to remove
the beam protruding from our own eyes before we remove the
splinter from our enemy. Or, as Confucius said a few centuries
ago, "if you wish to defeat your enemy, first you must
Sadly, we have little, if any, comprehension of our fellow
religion... let alone "enemy". Why have we not asked
ourselves the reason that young men and women are prepared
to blow themselves up whilst wrecking havoc and immense suffering
Our arrogance is supreme. One has only to listen to President
Bush and Prime Ministers Blair and Howard. Confucius also
said, "it is no use running faster if you are on the
Witness our increasing security requirements and impediments:
our huge, increasing military expenditure as we struggle to
win the war against "Terrorism." Truly, we are "running
I believe you endeavoured to point out some of the injustices
Muslim people have suffered and the reality that extremists
[of what ever belief] are difficult to predict let alone deter
or apprehend. That you have a most difficult task is obvious.
That you should not be subject to political pressure is equally
obvious. You have my support.
Yours Sincerely, Peter Davis."
Copies of the letter were also forwarded
to: Prime Minister John Howard; Barry Wakelin, Member for
Grey, S.A.; Mal Hyde, Police Commissioner for South Australia
and the Port Lincoln City Council.
SENATE COMMITTEE ENQUIRY INTO 'REPUBLIC'
Mayor Peter Davis sent the following submission
to the Senate Committee Enquiry for an 'Australian Republic':
I note your request for submissions relative to the Enquiry into
an Australian Republic and submit the below.
I am aware of the 30 or so questions asked and for which the Committee
responses. I also note the assumption within the 30 questions
that Australia will advance towards a republican system. The questions
presume a majority of Australians desire a change from our present
Monarchical system despite the evidence of the referendum held
a few years ago. On this basis alone, the terms of reference of
the Committee should be rejected.
I also note the structure of the Committee is not balanced, being
biased towards republicanism.
I have been a member of this City Council spanning some 25 years
or so. Over that period I have consistently and publicly supported
our Monarchical system and have been re-elected consistently.
I have no reason to believe that the Eyre Peninsula community
desires a change from the present Monarchical system.
Furthermore, I would have expected Federal Parliament to have
heeded the Australian peoples' response to retaining our Monarchical
system of government following the referendum held some 5 years
ago. Should it prove necessary, I shall again campaign against
any suggestions of republican government to be put to the people
of Australia as I have done in the past.
Peter Davis, Port Lincoln.
Report from NSW Crowne Plaza meeting
"I attended the Enquiry at the huge Crowne Plaza Hotel
At no time were there more than about
60 people in the room
At times there was only about
30-40 in the room. The Monarchists very ably supported the
status quo and were firmly against any further plebiscites.
This really seemed to annoy the republican senators
They appeared quite upset at Mr. Heshe and in particular Prof.
Flint who opposed any further referendum or plebiscite
Senator Bolkus made clear to the republicans as they made
their submissions, there is no unanimity or agreement among
them about the model or how it would work.
It was clear the younger ones were sincere, but had no idea
how to set up or replace a better or even different system
to what we have.
It amazed the Monarchists to hear Sir Gerard Brennan refer
favourably to China's Parliament. Someone else referred to
Germany's and Portugal's. I clapped loudly in support of the
Monarchists, which caused a few hostile comments at the end
of the meeting
Ron Barnett, Sydney.
SYDNEY CONSERVATIVE SPEAKERS' CLUB
The next meeting of the SCSC will be held
on Thursday 29th April, 2004. Guest speaker will be Mr. John Stafford,
BA, MA, M.Ed. and his subject is: "A Report on the Inverell
The venue is the Lithuanian Club which is situated approximately
600 metres from the Bankstown Railway Station. Proceed along South
Terrace, past West Terrace to 16 East Terrace, Bankstown.
The meeting commences at 7.30pm and cost of attendance is $4 per
person. Bring a friend for the first time and the $4 fee will
Books will be on display as usual by the Heritage Book Service.
Should you want a certain book, you can order it through the Heritage
Book Service, P.O. Box 6086, Lake Munmorah 2259 or Phone: 02 4358
ADELAIDE CONSERVATIVE SPEAKERS' CLUB
The next gathering of the CSC will be held
on Monday 3rd May, 2004 at the Public Schools' club, 207 East
Terrace (cnr. Carrington) Adelaide. A two-course Dinner, $18 per
person, will be served 6.30pm. We ask those who intend to partake
of the Dinner to be there on time. The public address will commence
at 7.30pm. Guest speaker will be Mr. John Spoehr, Executive Director
of the Centre for Labour Research, University of Adelaide and
his subject is: No Such thing as Free Trade".
Dinner Bookings to be in by Thursday 29th April by phoning: 8296
The message will be taped by the Mayo Tape Library as usual. Readers
of On Target can obtain a copy of the address by ordering from
Mayo Tapes, Box 6, Hahndorf, South Australia 5245.
"The Money Power Versus Democracy"
by Eric D. Butler:
This is one of a number of 'gems' Eric Butler produced over
the years; it was first published during World War 11. Professor
Anthony Sutton had dis-uncovered and written of the nexus
between International Finance and International Communism,
listing the massive economic 'blood transfusions' from the
West that had sustained the Communist economy. In later years,
Rockefeller established the Chase Manhattan Bank of China
to help sustain Communism under Chairman Mao.
The centralisation of the Money Power and its control of the
politics of all nations are instrumental in furthering its
objective of a World Government. As the author proves in this
great little book, centralised power is contrary to reality
and inevitably produces greater friction and chaos. $8.00
"One Land, Two Peoples"
by Ilan Pappe: A history of modern Palestine.
Ilan Pappe's book is the story of Palestine, a land inhabited
by two peoples, with two national identities. It begins with
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While these events provide the background to the narrative
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Ilan Pappe is well known as a revisionist historian of Palestine
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His book is lucid and typically forthright. It is a unique
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