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4 April 1969. Thought for the Week: He was despised, and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their face he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
The Crucifixion of Christ prophesied in Isaiah Chapter 53: 3-5.
THE PROMISE OF EASTER
"I don't know the complicated road to peace in a particular political situation. As for Vietnam, I weighed it and prayed for it."- Dr. Billy Graham, The Herald, Melbourne March 24.
The dilemma of Dr. Graham is that of a man protected from ultimate forms of evil. This can be said without denigrating the personal and challenging mission of Dr. Graham to those seeking to deepen their Christian faith. But there is a force of evil, which goes beyond the personal failings of the multitude. In Common Law it was said that the law was not concerned with trivia, minor matters which could be dealt with outside the courts of justice. But the law was concerned with conscious acts, which deliberately set out to break down, or destroy the law. There is such a force in the world, which can be described as an organised conspiracy of evil. Its objective is to overthrow the Kingdom of God.
When Christ died on the Cross and the veil of
the temple split from top to bottom, and darkness covered the whole
earth from six o'clock in the morning until nine o'clock, that force
was momentarily triumphant. But the message of Easter is the triumph
of man, through the Son of God, over any ultimate form of evil.
In 1945 at the end of the Second World War after
which we were promised continuous and lasting peace, part of the residue
of Christendom, Britain and the U.S.A. had the mightiest force ever
assembled in the history of the world. Peace could have been assured
into the foreseeable future. But the forces of evil conspiring in the
highest circles of the Allied Governments and High Command, disarmed
those forces, built up the armies of mammon in the Communist world,
used economic pressure to destroy the credit of Britain, and perversion
of word and deed reigned supreme, culminating in the erection of the
prototype world government ironically called the "United" Nations.
A member of one of the world's financial houses,
which helped to finance the Bolshevik revolution, Mr. James P. Warburg
told the U.S. Senate on February 17, 1950, "We shall have World Government
whether or not we like it. The only question is, whether World Government
will be achieved by conquest or by consent."
THE AMERICAN WITHDRAWAL
"Enemy supply requirements are, officers report, higher than ever. With the enemy force in South Vietnam now consisting overwhelmingly of North Vietnamese regulars, it requires the support of modern logistics." - George McArthur, A.A.P. correspondent in The Herald, Melbourne, March 28.
A.A.P. report in the same paper from Washington
a statement by the U.S. Secretary of State, Mr. William Rogers that
"secret talks in out-of-the-way-places had been held on the Vietnam
War. He added that the U.S. was ready for more.
It is certain the whole of South East Asia is watching with bated breath the type of deal the Americans are making with the Communists. That they seek to do it in secret, not openly, with strongly avowed intentions would make it clear to the Communists that they aren't going to compromise, which is not a healthy sign.
GUILTY MEN IN THE GREAT WHEAT GLUT
"And the men responsible for the current chaotic conditions in Australia's number one agricultural industry are the Federal Parliament and all leaders of our wheat growers organisations." - E.J. Donath, lecturer in Social Geography, in The Herald, March 24.
Mr. Donath made much of his foresight in that he had been warning of the present situation for many years. However it does not take very much perspicacity to make such predictions when the history of the formula for guaranteeing the price of wheat is known. The crime is that such a formula should operate giving a spurious type of security by advancing the guaranteed price as costs rose, without doing anything about rising costs. And although Mr. Donath was given space for a leading article he did not throw any light onto the problem of halting rising costs.
It is raising costs, which have destroyed the incomes of other farmers and brought about the vastly increased acreages sown to wheat. The guilty men may be those Mr. Donath named, but in the realities of the situation, they are merely pawns in the hands of the economic advisers spawned into the Government from the halls of learning frequented by Mr. Donath. However in Mr. Donath's article he does inadvertently refer to one item which could throw light onto the problem of halting rising costs in the wheat industry. He asserts that the Government through Mr. Anthony has assured the continuation of the wheat acreage planted by assuring growers within the last few weeks that "no matter what happens on the international market it will receive a minimum of $2000 million. This is 25% increase in guaranteed income of growers."
We have pointed out repeatedly that over production in primary industry, and the difficulty of selling that production results from the disastrous policy of making finance available for production only. If the same policy is pursued in the future as has been done in the past the $2000 million will be used to finance the ever-rising cost of producing wheat. No attempt will be made to subsidise the consumer, or those services whose ever-rising costs decrease the income of the producer.
Mr. Donath's advice is that farmers should decrease wheat acreages and plant increased quantities of maize, oats, sorghum, and a variety of oil seeds. This is only a palliative in an attempt to cure what is fundamentally a financial problem. While the politicians and the officials representing primary industries are the guilty men so far as being the men responsible for policy decisions, the advice they have had from the experts has always been the basis of those decisions. It is time they challenged the experts.
THE EISENHOWER TRAGEDY
"He may not always have been a Republican by label, but he was one at heart" - Merriman Smith, news reporter closely associated with Eisenhower for the eight years he was U.S. President.
History will undoubtedly assess General Eisenhower
much differently to the plaudits it is customary to give all figures
built into prominence as "great leaders" by the world press. Undoubtedly
the late Senator Robert Taft the Conservative Republican, would have
been selected as the Republican candidate in 1952 and was almost a foregone
conclusion until the tremendous promotion campaign for Eisenhower the
"world" leader narrowly defeated him.
Eisenhower had already demonstrated his affinity
with the liberal progressive policies of co-existence with the Communists,
and was the ideal figure. His eight years in office only continued the
deterioration in resistance to Communism which today sees the Western
world almost defeated politically and morally while militarily the American
forces and NATO have been almost disarmed in comparison to the Soviet.
MIDDLE EAST TO EXPLODE
"The influential editor of Cairo's Al Ahram daily, Mohammed Hassanein Haykal said that the ceasefire lines were like a time bomb primed and ready to explode. Egyptian impatience for action to oust Israeli forces from Arab territories occupied during the June 1967 war, was mounting he warned in his weekly Friday Article." - The Sun, March 29.
Events unfolding in the Middle East indicate
the Easter of 1969 could see another blood bath. It is doubtful that
the Arabs are any better equipped or sufficiently united to fulfill
their threats against Israel. Of significant interest in this regard
are the recent reports of open hostility to local communists in key
Arab states of Syria and Irak. The Soviet re-equipped the Syrian-Irak
forces after the last debacle and supplied expert advisers to train
their troops. Reasons for the disenchantment of the Arabs with their
Soviet "benefactors" is not clear, but it is certain that despite the
hundreds of communists reported to have been arrested it will have not
cleaned out key cadres left in vital command positions in the Arab forges.
If the word "justice" had not lost its meaning when applied to the Middle East situation, the plight of the Arabs in this situation would be - and in fact is - a pitiable one. The whole of the Western world has been organised politically and economically against them. Their only "friends" being those whose only objective is to exploit them ruthlessly for their own purpose of achieving domination of Europe and the world. As with other groups who stand in the path of this objective, the Arabs, and for that matter, the rank and file of the Jewish people are expendable.
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