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23 July 2004. Thought for the Week: "I left the ward, leaned against a wall and prayed that the ground would open and swallow me.
I wrote at the time, "I now know it is actually possible to die of shame."
Felicity Arbuthnot, Iraq 1991.
ANGLICAN BISHOP CHANGES HIS MINDby Jeremy Lee
Dr Tom Frame, Anglican Bishop to the Australian Defence Force, has acknowledged that he was wrong when he supported Australia's case for war in Iraq. The North Coast Anglican (NSW) for July carried the news.
He referred to the deception about weapons of mass destruction and links to Al Qu'aeda, concluding: " Men and women from a country claiming to be civilised have shown that they are just as capable of the barbarism that characterised Saddam's Baathis regime. I continue to seek God's forgiveness for my complicity in creating a world in which this sort of action was ever considered by anyone to be necessary".
SHAME, ALL IS SHAME
by Betty Luks
Ten Years of Sanctions and the Depleted
Uranium We're Not Meant to Know About
As the Coalition bludgeons the ancient
cultural structures of the Middle East with an alien western-style
'd'markrazy' on the pretext of 'liberating' the people of
the oil-rich Iraq, the destruction, the maiming and loss of
lives continues to rise.
The one element which has fundamentally altered the conduct and course of this present and any future war is the use of nuclear weapons. As the Iraqi people have found out to their utter agony, so will the Coalition of the willing servicemen; that once contaminated by the depleted uranium from the real 'weapons of mass destruction', the territory now held by the victors, is just as dangerous to both victor and vanquished alike.
The pattern of war has changed -- forever. Recklessly and unprofessionally, the 'Coalition of the Willing' has flouted the nuclear principle; it has wrought a tragedy that is unfolding for friend and foe alike, as well as innocent civilians, the magnitude of which we are only now becoming aware.
Thirteen Years of Sanctions and the
Iraq imported a broad range of items, 70 per cent of everything, from pharmaceuticals to film, educational materials to parts for the electricity grid, water purifying chemicals to everything necessary for waste management; and at the consumer level also, almost everything that a developed society takes for granted was imported.
With all trade denied, the Iraqi dinar (ID), worth US$3 in 1989, became virtually worthless: ID250, formerly US$750 did not even buy a postage stamp in neighbouring Jordan. Staple foods multiplied up to 11,000-fold in price. With no trade, unemployment spiralled, and many, in a country where obesity had been a problem, faced hunger and deprivation. The United States and United Kingdom-driven United Nations sanctions, in fact, mirrored a pitiless Middle Ages siege. With Iraq's withdrawal from Kuwait the embargo should have been lifted, but a further relentless United States and United Kingdom-driven "war of moving goal posts" began, and the majority of children in Iraq -- who are fourteen years old now - have never known a normal childhood
Ten months after the war, I stood in
the paediatric intensive care unit of Baghdad's formerly flagship
Paediatric Hospital. A young couple stood, faces frozen with
terror, as a nurse tried frantically to clear the airway of
their perfect, tiny, premature baby. There was no suction
In 1991, only the United States and the United Kingdom's top military planners knew they had used radioactive and chemically toxic depleted uranium (D.U.) weapons against the Iraqis. Just weeks later, the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Agency wrote a "self initiated" report and sent it to the United Kingdom Government, warning that if "fifty tonnes of the residual D.U. dust had been left "in the region" there would, they estimated, be 500,000 extra cancer deaths by the end of the century (the year 2000).
The Pentagon eventually admitted to an
estimate of 325 tons; some independent analysts estimate as
much as 900 tons. Estimates of the added burden of last year's
(2003) illegal invasion are that up to a further 2,000 tons
of the residual dust remain to poison water, fauna, flora
and to be inhaled by the population and the occupiers, causing
cancers and genetic mutations in the yet-to-be-conceived.
Iraq, the land of ancient Mesopotamia - like Afghanistan and the Balkans - has become a silent potential "Weapons of Mass destruction" for the population and geographical neighbours
What we sow
Editor's comment: I try to imagine
how these war planners look on the people whom they are about
to order to be bombed, strafed, maimed or killed; their houses
destroyed and their livelihood taken away from them, thus
reducing them to starvation level. What about the 'holier
than thou' attitudes of such people as those who imposed the
ten years of sanctions on the people knowing there would be
such horrendous effects.
The full article is far too long for the pages of this weekly journal, so, for those who would like to read it in full, it will be placed at a later date on the League's website in the British On Target's files, under the heading of "Recipe for Eternal Vengeance: Legacy of the American-led Coalition in Iraq", May 2004.
FORTY TWO SURRENDER FLAGS
by Jeremy Lee
The FTA Bill has passed the first stage in the House of Representatives. Kim Beazley and Simon Crean led 12 Labor members across the floor to vote with the Government. Forty two Labor members, who know that the electorate is generally opposed to many parts of the effects of the FTA, stayed outside rather than vote against the Bill. This is a pathetic misuse of Parliament. They are relying on their Senate colleagues, together with the minor parties, to do the job for them.
The most recent HASCO poll for June asked
almost 3,000 people - "If it is cheaper, should we import
sugar, bananas, citrus and vegetables?" The question
was asked in rural and urban centres. An astounding 90 per
cent of those asked voted "No"
WHAT FUTURE FOR A WAGGING TAIL?It has surprised many how a policy-bare, timid party such as the National Party still survives. Latest figures show Queensland's National Party sliding even further in the polls. It daren't do anything save snap at the heels of a good-humoured Labor Premier, who has risen even further since the recent election.
John Anderson made the heroic statement that to sign a Free Trade Agreement which did not include sugar would be "un-Australian". The Nationals would stand where all about them had fled. But they caved in before any pressure was applied. On July 2 2004, 1,200 primary producers from the beef, dairy, pork, egg and small crop industries assembled in Roma passed a vote of no confidence in the Coalition's Minister for Agriculture Warren Truss. Some attending were from as far afield as Victoria and the Northern Territory. John Anderson was there but notable for his silence. What could he say?
In half a century Australia has lost 300,000 farmers. We are down to under 80,000, with many in awful trouble. During all that time, the "champions of the bush" - the Nationals, have sat on their hands and attacked anyone who drew attention to their shortcomings.
DAIRY RE-REGULATIONby Jeremy Lee
The de-regulation of the Dairy Industry was a mindless disaster that came out of the globalist mentality. Small family farmers who had provided sterling service to Australia for hundreds of years were virtually forced to hand their incomes to the powerful, giant supermarket chains. Many committed suicide. Others walked off their farms, with a government "hand-out" for doing so.
Following a Dairymens' protest outside his electorate office on July 7, Howard Minister and Member for Groom Ian MacFarlane made a statement that, when enough Dairy farmers wanted it, re-regulation could be restored.
Enough dairy farmers where, Mr MacFarlane? In your electorate? In your State? And are you running polls to find out what dairy farmers think? And what would Woolies and Coles say?
THE DREAM OF A LUSH GREEN OUTBACK - NOT
On one point most would agree, "we
have covered up much of Australia's most fertile lands beneath
tonnes of concrete, bitumen and suburban homes. Instead of
growing food, we have chosen to use these lands for urban
sprawl, tourism and hobby farms - and so squandered our most
precious resource in an arid, infertile continent."
Peter Lock in "The Great Harlot"
Nature does not employ defensive mechanisms
We were advised to "Consider the lilies of the filed, how they grow, they neither reap nor sow " The word consider contains the meaning of "give careful consideration to," "think about carefully". That is a most practical piece of advice for us all.
Note: For further expansion on 'the lilies of the field' we recommend Numbers 4 & 5 of "Introducing Social Credit". Available from all League Book Services.
EXOTIC DISEASE IN QUEENSLAND CITRUS CROP
As reported last week, there is an outbreak
of citrus canker in the Emerald region of central Queensland.
The Australian 14/7/04, revealed to its readers "Evergreen
Farm " in that region is under quarantine and cannot
sell its produce. The farm has 250,000 trees and at this stage
8,000 are to be destroyed with the understanding that if further
infections were found the numbers would increase accordingly.
A spokesman for the Queensland Department of Primary Industries
said it could take up to 18 months to exhaust its investigations
into how the disease -- not endemic to Australia - arrived
International protocol called for the destruction of not just the infested trees, but all within a 600 metre area around them. Based on average land density, 600 metres equates to somewhere around 45,000 to 60,000 trees to be destroyed.
NEW ZEALAND JAILS ISRAELI SPIES
BBC report, 15/7/04: The Israelis pleaded
guilty but denied they were Mossad agents. New Zealand has
imposed diplomatic sanctions on Israel over the activities
of two alleged members of the Israeli intelligence agency,
Mossad. The Israelis were sentenced to six months in prison
for trying to obtain New Zealand passports illegally. Prime
Minister Helen Clark said that such acts, by what she called
Israeli government agencies, were a violation of New Zealand
The New Zealand government views the act carried out by the Israeli intelligence agents as not only utterly unacceptable but also a breach of New Zealand sovereignty and international law. They did plead guilty to attempting to gain New Zealand passports illegally and working with organised criminal gangs.
In a statement to the Auckland court trying the men, Ms Clark said she would suspend government visits to Israel, Israeli officials would need visas to enter New Zealand and foreign ministry contacts would be suspended. Her government is also planning to refuse any request for Israel's President, Moshe Katsav, to visit next month when he is due in Australia and delay its approval for the appointment of a new Israeli ambassador to New Zealand.
Explanation and apology demanded -
A BBC correspondent in Jerusalem, David
Chazan, says Israeli officials give the impression of regarding
New Zealand as a relatively unimportant country. Sources close
to the government say the Israeli reaction might have been
different if a larger and more influential country had been
VALE JACK BONNEYby Jeremy Lee
Many NSW supporters will be sorry to hear of the death of Jack Bonney in Queensland on April 12. Jack Meltravis Bonney was born in Wentworth in 1924, but spent most of his life in the Western Lands Division, and drew a block near Wilcannia, near his father. He served in the RAAF during the war, and was a passionate flier in the post-war years, often helping local doctors in urgent cases.
His wife Margaret served as a Councillor on the Cobar council.
Dogged by bad health in later years, Jack was a prolific reader and dedicated League supporter. I remember one or two hair-raising trips in his plane to remote meetings out West - and late night returns to his homestead. Our sympathies to Margaret, son Ralph and two grandchildren.
REPORT ON ABOLISH STATE GOVERNMENTS CONFERENCEOne of our Toowoomba supporters tells us he phoned the number we listed in On Target and was told Democrats' Senator John Cherry was to be one of the guest speakers at this conference. The attendance costs were $100.00 for corporate representatives, otherwise $50.00 (without dinner). Presentations and workshops were also planned. We will report on any further information we receive.
BASIC FUNDEncouragingly, we are now heading towards the next 'marker' on the way to the goal of $60,000. The figure of $44,091.60 has now been reached. Please keep the contributions coming in, and a sincere 'thank you' to those who have already made contributions.
SYDNEY CONSERVATIVE SPEAKERS' CLUBDates for your diary:
Thursday, July 29th - Dr. Edmund Dafesh, "Iraq Today".
Thursday, August 26th - Annual General Meeting & Roy Gustard's, "Books Worth Reading".
Thursday 30th September, 2004. Guest speaker will be Mr. David Hooper.
Subject: "Origins of the British Monarchy".
Books will be on display as usual by the Heritage Book Service. Should you want a certain book, it can be ordered through the Heritage Book Service, P.O. Box 6086, Lake Munmorah, 2259, or Phone: (02) 4358 3634.
SOUTH AUSTRALIA'S STATE WEEKENDThe 36th Annual Seminar, Dinner and Action Conference will be held over 21-22nd August 2004. The venue for both days will be The Public Schools' Club, 207 East Terrace, Adelaide. Seminar: "A Realignment to the Real World".
Saturday, 21st August, 2004. Registration from 12.30pm. Commence 1.30pm.
Speakers: Mr. David Brockschmidt, "What in the world is happening to the Welfare Groups?", Mr. Brian Waters, "Building Local Economies and Renewing Communities", and Mrs. Betty Luks, "Let's Start to get Our Priorities Right".
Frank Bawden Memorial Dinner: Saturday 21st, to be seated by 6.30pm. $23.50 for a 3-course Dinner. Bar facilities available.
Divine Service and Sunday Action Conference: 10.00am. The Conference will commence with a Divine Service followed by individual reports. Come prepared to have some input. The messages will be taped by Mayo Tapes and available for sale. A wide selection of books, audios and videos will be available for sale. Come early and browse.
South Australians: Contact Doug and Jean Holmes for further details, phone: 08 8296 4704
BOOKS, BOOKS, BOOKS
A HISTORY OF MODERN PALESTINE: ONE LAND, TWO PEOPLE by Ilan Pappe: A teacher at Haifa University in Israel, Mr. Pappe is well known for his revisionist interpretation of Israel's history and as a critic of its policies towards the Palestinians. This story of Palestine takes the reader back to the Ottomans in the early 1800s, the reign of Muhammad Ali, traces the arrival of the early Zionists through the British mandate at the beginning of the 20th Century, the continues on to establishment of Israel in 1948 and the subsequent wars and conflicts. At centre stage are those who have lived through these times. It is a story of co-existence and co-operation as well as oppression, occupation and exile. Price: $45.50 includes postage.
TO PROTECT AND TO SERVE by Tim
Priest and Richard Basham:
WAR CYCLES / PEACE CYCLES by Richard
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