2006 Thought for the Week:
Gulf War is a dramatic manifestation of the materialistic view that some type
of ideal world - the New World Order - can be created by modern technology and
naked force. This is a major fallacy which flies in the face of spiritual realities.
We can predict with complete certainty that the world is entering a new and more
Australia is a major outpost of British culture, even
though somewhat diluted by the multicultural virus, and, if it can preserve itself
by its own efforts, could play a major role in the regeneration of the Anglo-Saxon
peoples everywhere. But the deeper international currents have developed such
a momentum that unless Australia can effectively defend itself against the internationalist
tide, it is now living on borrowed time
- Eric D. Butler, 1991.
else, how can one enter a strong man's house and spoil his goods, except he first
bind the strong man and then he will spoil his house."
- Matthew 12.27.
OF APPEAL FROM
RIAH, THE ANGLICAN BISHOP OF JERUSALEM
THE CURRENT CRISIS IN THE MIDDLE EAST
25 JULY 2006
the past forty years we have been largely alone on this desert fighting a predator
that not only has robbed us of all but a small piece of our historic homeland,
but threatens the traditions and holy sites of Christianity. We are tired, weary,
sick, and wounded. We need your help. We have seen and we have been the recipients
of the generosity of our American and British friends. We cherish the support
of everyone throughout the world who stands with us in solidarity.
I hear from many of them who express outrage at the arrogant and aggressive positions
of President Bush, Secretary Rice, Senator Clinton, and Prime Minister Blair.
I am saddened to realize just how much the deserved prestige of the United States
and Britain has declined as a result of politicians who seem to devalue human
life and suffering.
And, I am disturbed that the Zionist Christian
community is damaging Americas image as never before. Little more than a week
ago, we were focused on the plight of the Palestinian people. In Gaza, four and
five generations have been victims of Israeli racism, hate crimes, terror, violence,
Garbage and sewage have created a likely outbreak of cholera
as Israeli strategies create the collapse of infrastructures. There is no milk.
Drinking water, food, and medicine are in serious short supply. Innocents are
being killed and dying from lack of available emergency care. Children are paying
the ultimate price. Even for those whose lives are spared, many of them are traumatized
and will not grow to live useful lives.
Commerce between the West Bank and
Gaza has been halted and humanitarian aid barely trickles into some of the neediest
in the world.
Movement of residents of the West Bank is difficult or impossible
as security measures are heightened to break the backs of the Palestinian people
and cut them off from their place of work, schools, hospitals, and families. It
is family and community that has sustained these people during these hopeless
times. For some, it is all that they had, but that too has been taken away with
the continued building of the wall and check points. The strategy of ethnic
cleansing on the part of the State of Israel continues.
week, war broke out on the Lebanon-Israeli border (near Banyas where Jesus gave
St. Peter the keys to heaven and earth). The Israeli governments disproportionate
reaction to provocation was consistent with their opportunistic responses in which
they destroy their perceived enemy. I n her recent article, The Insane Brutality
of the State of Israel, American, Kathleen Christison, a former CIA analyst says,
The state lashes out in a crazed effort, lacking any sense of proportion, to
reassure itself of its strength. She continues, A society that can brush off
as unimportant an army officers brutal murder of a thirteen year old girl on
the claim that she threatened soldiers at a military post (one of nearly seven
hundred Palestinian children murdered by Israelis since the Intifada began) is
not a society with a conscience. Thesituation as it has come to be
called, has deteriorated into a war without boundaries or limitations. It is a
war with deadly potential beyond the imaginations of most civilized people.
I write to you, I am preparing to leave with other bishops for Nablus with medical
and other emergency supplies for five hundred families, and a pledge for one thousand
families more. On Saturday we will attempt to enter Gaza with medical aid for
doctors and nurses in our hospital there who struggle to serve the injured, the
sick, and the dying.
My plan is
that I will be able to go to Lebanon next week - where we are presently without
a resident priest - to bury the dead, and comfort the victims of war.
as others have you will ask, What can I do?
we encourage and appreciate your prayers. That is important, but it is not enough.
If you find that you can no longer look away, take up your cross. It takes courage
as we were promised.
Write every elected official you know. Write to your
news media. Speak to your congregation, friends, and colleagues about injustice
and the threat of global war.
If Syria, Iran, the United States, Great
Britain, China and others enter into this war - the consequence is incalculable.
Participate in rallies and forums. Find ways that you and your churches can participate
in humanitarian relief efforts for the region. Contact us and let us know if you
stand with us. I urge you not to be like a disciple watching from afar.
We have spoken frankly to you Corinthians, our heart
is wide open to you.
There is no restriction in our affections, but only in
In return - I speak as to children - open wide your hearts also.
with, and through Christ,
The Rt. Rev. Riah H. Abu El-Assal, Anglican Bishop
NOW ANOTHER MASSACRE
Letter from Bishop Riah
When I wrote
to you last Friday, I could not have imagined that a second Qana Massacre in a
decade would be carried out by the State of Israel on Sunday when they dropped
two bombs on a house, crushing at least fifty-six people, including thirty-four
children and twelve women. They suffocated under dirt and debris, virtually buried
alive in the makeshift bomb shelter where they had had little water and food and
In 1996, one of the deadliest
single events of the whole Arab-Israeli conflict took place therethe shelling
of a United Nations base where hundreds of people were sheltering. More than one
hundred were killed and another one hundred injured, cut down by Israeli antipersonnel
shells that explode in the air sending a lethal shower of shrapnel to the ground,
reported Martin Asser of BBC News, Beirut.
expressions of deep sorrow from Prime Minister Olmert, this tragedy
of epic proportions is not enough to stop Israels attacks on the people
Today, the Israeli Security Cabinet approved a widening of the
ground offensive in the South. Yesterday, Israel violated their agreement to stop
the air offensive over Lebanon for forty-eight hours which would have allowed
humanitarian aid to reach victims and residents stranded in the South could have
traveled more safely to the North. Olmert announced today that the end to the
war is not in sight.
While tens of thousands are without food and medical
supplies, the U.N. reports that their convoys have been turned away and cancelled
by the Israeli government. The short journey from Tyre to Qana is delayed for
hours because the roads have been destroyed. Aid trickles in.
the despair and the grim task of removing the victims, there is deep anger at
what many here regard is the callous indifference of the West, reports Ilene
Prusher of the Christian Science Monitor in Lebanon.
of condolences from President Bush, Secretary Rice, and Prime Minister Blair to
the Lebanese people for Israels murder of innocent children seems hollow,
with no condemnation of Israels repeated and flagrant disregard for human
life and the values of civilized people everywhere.
have read the letter sent to The President of the United States signed by my brother
in Christ The Most Rev. Frank T. Griswald, Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church
of America and fourteen other Christian leaders in which they say:
violent conflict has created a grave humanitarian crisis, and no hoped-for benefit
should outweigh the cause of saving innocent lives.
letter continues with a plea, Your presidential leadership and the full
weight of the United States, acting in concert with the international community,
must be applied now to achieve an immediate cease-fire and to launch an intensive
diplomatic initiative for the cessation of hostilities. I regret that the
President has ignored this call.
Last week in Lebanon, Israel bombed and
destroyed a U.N. observation post on the border in Southern Lebanon killing four
peacekeeping observers. U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan expressed indignation
that Israel appeared to have struck the well known,established, and clearly identified
site deliberately. The bomb made a direct hit on the building and the attack continued
even throughout the rescues and recovery mission.
The Security Councils
statement excludes condemnation of Israel at the insistence of The United States.
The war rages on into the third week. If fighting does not cease, the homeless
count in Lebanon will soon reach one million people. Families and communities
continue to be ripped apart.
And, the offensive against the Palestinians
in Gaza has been relentless.
This week when Jan Egeland, the U.N.s
Under Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs visited Jerusalem, he focused
much of his attention on the tragedy happening in the Gaza Strip.
He does not understand what benefit Israel will gain from punishing 1.4 million
people by cutting them off from their sources of electricity and jobs, from running
water in their houses and from fresh food.
is the message that the residents of Gaza receive from the sight of mountains
of tomatoes tossed out on the side of the road at the border crossings into Israel?
That they should be more productive and support peace? Saturday, after waiting
two and one half hours at the checkpoint, our delegation visited Gaza on a mission
of mercy, taking medical and relief supplies to hospitals and shelters. Israel
Defense Forces tanks had pushed back before dawn, just one day after ending an
unusually deadly incursion that killed thirty Palestinians over three days.
According to an Associated Press count, in the past one month period, Israeli
troops have killed 159 Palestinians since they started their relentless attacks
on the Gaza Strip in response to the capture of soldier Cpl. Gilad Shalit.
have seen the Caterpillar bulldozers and the orchards of oranges uprooted by them.
saw an apartment building where forty families were given forty minutes to leave
before it was demolished into a pile of rubble.
I have heard the concern of
the Director of our Al-Ahli Arab Hospital regarding medical supplies, staffing
shortages, and lack of fuel to run the generators essential to critical care.
And, I have seen children playing near mountains of garbage which are the
breeding ground to rats and the threat of cholera, a disease that I watched devastate
India when I lived there. We must not become complacent or be desensitized by
the images of this human tragedy. Continue to appeal to your government representatives
to demand an immediate ceasefire.
It is time that The United Nations
and the world community see to it that Israel complies with U.N. Resolutions 242,
338, and 194, so that compliance with Resolution 1559 can be enforced. We must
find an end to this madness. Killing and the destruction of the environment is
not a war against nations, but it is a war against God.
and through Christ,
The Rt. Rev. Riah H. Abu El-Assal Bishop
of Jerusalem Palestine, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria
PHONES OLMERT TO OFFER HIS 'PERSONAL SUPPORT':
According to the
Australian Jewish News 4/8/06, "Howard Calls on Olmert".
Howard phoned Ehud Olmert of Israel offering his personal support and in turn
Mr. Olmert expressed his 'deep appreciation for Australia's support in the war
The article concludes: "Howard and Olmert met at
the 2000 Sydney Olympics, when Olmert was still mayor of Jerusalem.
John Howard would now like to talk to the present Anglican Bishop of Jerusalem!
The good Christian Bishop appealed to us in his first letter: "Contact us
and let us know if you stand with us"
But not to be outdone,
on the same page of the AJN it is reported Labor's Kevin Rudd ("Pressure
Iran, Syria - Rudd") has called for international pressure to be applied
against 'reckless' Iran and Syria in order to end their assistance to Hezbollah
When can we expect to hear that these 'great world statesmen'
- on behalf of the children of Palestine and Lebanon - have called for 'international
pressure' to be applied against 'reckless Israel and the United States'?
THE COMING ECONOMIC COLLAPSE?
The orthodox financial system has debt creation built into it
as a natural by-product of credit by the banking system as a debt. Added to this
is what Jewish physicist Albert Einstein called "humanities" greatest creation:
compound interest or interest on interest. Debt then can grow at an exponential
rate - slowly at first, but ultimately approaching infinity. At this point when
the debts are called in, and the piper must be paid, the economic world falls
At present European corporate borrowers are facing debt levels "up
to eight times projected earnings" according to Sir Ronald Cohen founder of Apex
Partners. (The Australian 21/6/06). These debt multiples, he said are "increasing
all the time." Along with this is the threat of slower growth. Cohen said: "It
is a dangerous combination if a company's sales and profits fall at the same time
as debt servicing costs rise."
and Glen C. Strathy have recently published a book entitled "The Coming Economic
Collapse: How you can thrive when oil costs $200 a barrel," (Warner Business Books,
New York, 2006).
Leeb and Strathy are of the opinion that a civilisation-shaking
crisis is at hand due to oil shortages and rising prices. The authors accept the
idea of peak-oil - that the world is physically running out of oil - an idea which
strikes me as an ideological prop of the military-oil establishment more than
Nevertheless, apart from this issue the authors devote considerable
attention to the far more important issue of the rising cost of oil because of
the demands of the fast growing China and India - or what they call "Chinindia".
This growth in demand for energy will rise over 5 per cent a year given Chinidia's
demands, "far higher than any growth rate we have ever witnessed in modern times."
Already "Chinindia currently consumes,
on a per capita basis, half as much energy as the entire world and one-seventh
as much as high-income countries." It is possible this spiralling demand, not
some imagined physical shortage of oil, could be the force which pushes an already
tottering economy over the edge. World Wars have erupted over less.
3 of Leeb and Strathy is entitled :"The Collapse of Civilisation: Causes and Solutions."
The authors' thought is heavily influenced by a book by American historian Joseph
Tainter, "The Collapse of Complex Societies," (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge
He argues that complex societies usually collapse because of complexity
and problem overload, leading to diminishing returns (getting less for extra effort).
Strathy documents that technology has been suffering diminishing returns in
recent times (which it must as all factors of production do). This means that
humanity's problems will not be solved by purely technological answers.
Michael Shermer (Scientific American, August 2002) they observe that the life
span of the average civilisation is only 421 years. Will we go down the same drain
hole of history? If other civilisations could fall, for lesser reasons than our
own crisis prone world, what immunes our world from cultural and civilisational
It cannot be technology because at the end of the day, technological
development is dependent upon economic health. Our unhealthy economy could spell
the end of civilisation unless the cures of Social Credit are implemented.
especially involves gaining community control over the creation of credit to control
the intrinsic debt creation embodied in our present system, and channelling human
technological creativity into serving genuine human needs, rather than the artificial
needs of a soulless consumer society.
League has available some excellent, easily understandable books which show how
Social Credit can deal with these "big-picture" civilisation threats.
Cooney's series is excellent for those who know little about debt-money creation
and haven't given any thought to just how a community, nation, or a civilisation,
not only develops but is sustained..
Commence by reading Eric D. Butler's
"Releasing Reality" and Anthony Cooney's "Social Credit: Economics".
to your State Book Services for a list of suitable reading.
INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS AND SOCIAL CREDIT
The captains of industry are driving ever ahead with industrial
relations 'reform'. The electronic media reported on their lobbying to do away
with, or reduce, sick leave and other benefits that previous generations won by
blood sweat and tears. All for what?
James Packer bought a private
jet worth $60 million but ordered Nine Network chiefs to axe 100 jobs, reduce
news and current affairs, to save $15 million. Of course he couldn't catch a normal
flight like everybody else. Somehow I can't get the image out of my mind of an
Emperor sitting back having grapes put in his mouth. Couldn't the people have
kept their jobs and Packer actually save $45 million?
in a nutshell this is what IR reform is about : for the rich to live on as Emperors
and the masters of the universe and for working people to be increasingly exploited.
It's enough to make a "Marxist" out of one! - but that is one of the failures
of the freedom movement. Workers' rights were regarded as something that the union
movement, dominated by Communists, looked after.
Freedom movement types coming
from small business didn't have much interest in blue collar workers. This gave
the Marxists an open field to monopolise. However, that must change. Opinion polls
(e.g., The Australian 9/7/06, p.2) have shown that opposing IR has boosted
Beazley's chances of becoming PM.
is a lesson in this for the freedom movement.
There is no real political
voice for working people. Working people are the most affected by globalism and
world financial policies. They are the most in need of information that we can
Freedom movement activities should begin targeting them, they have
the most to gain from the policies of social credit.
reform, much like other economic issues such as the sale of Telstra, privatisation
and indeed, economic globalisation itself, is about strengthening the rule of
money against the rule of the human spirit and freedom.
of this is quite contrary to the Social Credit tradition which aims to enrich
the common-weal (common well-being) and the cultural heritage of the nation. With
such policies put in place, the individual can then reap the full benefits flowing
from the complex human associations and the modern production system.
philosophical ancestry is a long and noble one of Christian natural law philosophy
that sees goodness grounded in God and seeks the release of His abundant providence
for individuals to flourish and realise their potentialities by living in harmony
with God-given laws and Godly-inspired civil laws.
In this fruitful estate,
money, and indeed the economy, is to be the servant of man not the master. Money
would be, as Major Douglas often put it, a mere ticket to new goods and services,
not the evil spiritual entity it has become in this modern world, with a seeming
life of its own. Thus in a social credit world, one with rich and liberating technology,
it is simply not necessary or desirable to have everybody employed. Individuals
could receive a cash credit or dividend based upon the productive prowess of the
society - without the humiliation and added cost of Orwellian entities such as
Centrelink and a Welfare State.
is the most comprehensive and best thought out alternative to the chaos and misery
produced by orthodox economic and financial policies. The present Industrial Relations
reforms are nothing more than the inevitable sabre-rattling of the captains of
industry. It will never stop so long as the economy continues to function as it
does where the rule of money has replaced the rule of freedom. The Social Credit
movement is about re-establishing the reign of freedom and putting economics back
into its proper place.
PEOPLE WITHOUT A FUTURE?
by Betty Luks
A number of readers have asked why we defend the Palestinians in Gaza when groups
of Muslims continually show their contempt for Westerners, and in fact in many
parts of the world are attacking and brutally murdering them.
And, 'What about
the Cronulla riots? What about the pack-rapes by that gang of Lebanese youths
in Sydney?' another reader asked, reminding me, 'they exhibited the utmost contempt
for our women.'
If we want the right to determine our own future as a clearly
identifiable ethnic and cultural people, at the same time we can appreciate the
right of other peoples to do the same.
The problems within Australia did not
stem from the Palestinian peoples or the Muslims of the Middle East.
to succeeding governments in this country we can look for expressing the utmost
contempt for our faith, traditions and culture by implementing and promoting the
policies of multiculturalism in the first place.
We can thank those traitorous
politicians for implementing policies which not only encouraged, but financially
supported, the setting up of the many cultural communities throughout the land,
whilst at the same time demeaning our own faith, culture and traditions.
can also thank those politicians for betraying their own people by imposing alien
peoples upon us en masse.
I would ask:
Can we really blame those within the various cultural communities for
feelings of contempt for a people who do not value themselves, their own history,
or their own cultural inheritance?
A People without Faith, a People without
a Past, a People without a Heritage have no sustenance to draw upon - no blood
and sap to draw from the Tree of Life and the Tree of Knowledge or Wisdom. They
are a people without a future.
RULE-OF-LAW'S MORTAL ENEMYAugusto Zimermann,
LL.B, LL.M. a Brazilian law professor at the Monash University well understands
the danger we are in. In an article sent to us by one of our readers he states:
it is not very hard for us to reach the conclusion that either multiculturalism
will destroy the rule-of-law tradition in the West, or this tradition of freedom
and equality under the law will prevail over such a socially divisive value and,
if so, multiculturalism has to be destroyed
The rule-of-law tradition in the
West cannot be satisfactorily detached from cultural values in which this concept
arose, and of which it formed an essential part. In fact, detachment to these
values destroys the rule of law, for this idea of legal supremacy has never been
fully developed in societies which have not yet developed certain patterns of
social and political behaviour. In the West, the rule of law was developed as
a safeguard for individual liberty. But even in the West, the rule of law cannot
subsist without a proper social condition; for its effective realization is as
much a social achievement as it is a legal one.
He quotes a Mr. Philip Selznick:
'The rule of law requires a cultural lawfulness, that is, of routine respect,
self-restraint, and deference
[it] requires public confidence in
its premises as well as in its virtues. The premises include a dim but powerful
understanding that positive [or human] law is always subject to correlation by
standards of truth and justice. In a rule-of-law culture, positive law does not
have the last word.'"
to be stressed time and time again, the cultural values in which this concept
of a 'rule-of-law' arose, had their origins in those highest features of Christian
What those Christian men aimed at during the formative years of
the Common Law was not merely the prevention of obvious injustice or deceit but
the fulfillment of the law of Christ:
"Whatsoever you would that men should
do unto you, you do also unto them."
It was a concept of mutual love and co-operation
between husband and wife, between neighbour and neighbour, families, communities
and also between nations.
It is a philosophy of a 'two-way street' - mutual
love and co-operation - not the philosophy of a 'one-way street' we see all round
Richard O'Sullivan, KC could
Ever since the period of the Norman Conquest
the emerging principles of the Common Law were being shaped by Christian kings
and by Churchmen who were also Canonists. And at all times the canon law made
a natural bridge to connect legal ideas with ethical and theological discussion.
 "Christian Philosophy in Common Law" by Richard
O'Sullivan KC. 1942. It is an expansion of a paper titled "The Foundations of
The League does carry
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IN "GOOD 'OL US OF A"
website carries a photo of the English text on a scrap of metal remaining from
one of the 'laser-controlled BSU 37/B 'bunker busters' used to bomb the village
of Qana, Lebanon.
English-speaking Christians would know of that little village
as Cana of Galilee. They would often read St. John's account of Jesus turning
water into wine for a wedding feast in that little village of Cana, in the, then,
Roman occupied province of Galilee.
Let those same Christians now read
the report of what happened to the 21st century's villagers of Qana of Lebanon:
"The Guardian: Qana Bomb Made in the US , by Foreign News Desk,
1/8/06. It has been revealed that the bombs used in the attacks Israel launched
on the southern Lebanese village of Qana were produced by the US. At least 60
civilians, most of whom were children had been killed in the attack. The British
newspaper Guardian reported that the bombs used in the attacks were laser-controlled
BSU 37/B bunker busters manufactured by the US.
Independent claimed that inscriptions on shrapnel found at the sight of the
attack indicate that the bombs were manufactured by the US. It also noted that
the bombs were tested in the war field. The same type bomb had been used in last
week's attack that killed four UN observers. The Bush administration had shipped
2.5 tons, 100 GBU-28 "bunker busters" to the region after the operation began
on 12 July."
You must have a heart of stone:
recalling the Qana massacre of 1996 when 105 people were killed, stressed that
Israel's foreign policies have never yielded concrete results and there was no
guarantee that their latest policies would be any different.
In an article
titled, 'How can we stand by and allow this to go on?' Robert Fisk, a popular
journalist for Independent, writes, 'You must have a heart of stone not
to feel the outrage.'"
FOREIGN SECRETARY PROTESTS AT WEAPONS FLIGHT
British Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett has protested
to the US about its use of a Scottish airport to transport bombs to Israel. Amid
the Lebanon crisis, Mrs Beckett said it seemed the US was not following the right
procedures over arms flights.
Mrs Beckett was asked about the controversy after discussing the Middle East crisis
with fellow foreign ministers in Rome. "We have already let the United States
know that this is an issue that appears to be seriously at fault, and we will
be making a formal protest if it appears that that is what has happened," she
If these reports are true, it is particularly provocative for the United
States to have acted in this way. Opposition parties have reacted angrily to a
report in The Daily Telegraph newspaper that two chartered Airbus A310
cargo planes filled with GBU 28 laser-guided bombs landed at Prestwick Airport
en-route to Israel from the US. The Israelis have requested the munitions to attack
bunkers being used by Hezbollah militants in Lebanon.
A Foreign Office spokesman said: "We have procedures in
place for flights carrying arms. It's important that they are followed. If they
are not, we will raise it with the US but we are not going to comment on US flights
transiting through the UK. The foreign secretary has discussed this issue with
Liberal Democrat leader Sir Menzies Campbell said:
alliance must be based on trust, even one as intimate as that between the United
States and the United Kingdom. If these reports are true, it is particularly provocative
for the United States to have acted in this way. Who knows how many of these munitions
may be used to cause the special damage to Lebanon which the prime minister of
that country described in Rome as cutting his country to pieces."
of Mass Destruction? Mr. John Howard, Prime Minister - Where Are You?
defence spokesman Angus Robertson urged ministers to intervene to prevent Scottish
involvement in the conflict.
"The UK government must get behind the United
Nations' call for a ceasefire by both Hezbollah and Israel, rather than using
Scotland as a staging post for supplying weapons of mass destruction," he said.
A spokesperson for Prestwick Airport said it had supplied logistical support
for military flights since WWII:
"Since the Second World War Glasgow Prestwick
Airport has provided logistical support for military flights moving troops and
"That support involves allowing crew to rest, refuelling aircraft and
providing food and water. The airport is obliged to allow aircraft from any CAA-registered
country to land here."