The recent visit to Australia by the US Vice-President Mike Pence and statements by both Prime Minister Turnbull and Opposition leader Shorten have highlighted yet again the singularly dangerous path that Australia is following in its defence and foreign policies.
The election of Donald Trump as US President has seen the ramping up of US rhetoric about North Korea. Trump recently demanded that China should use its influence with the North Koreans and if China did not intervene, then, according to an interview Trump gave to the UK Financial Times, the “US would act alone.”
On 4 April 2017 an incident occurred in the Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun, as a result of which a number of civilians, including children, died. The western media and western politicians immediately branded the attack as an assault using chemical weapons by the Syrian government of Bashar al Assad. In what can only be described as a propaganda frenzy, the media and politicians condemned the Syrian President and his government.
10 April 2017.
In the early hours of Friday morning Australian time the United States fired 59 Tomahawk missiles from two of its warships in the Eastern Mediterranean. The target was the Shayrat Air Base in North Eastern Syria.
The purported justification for the missile attack was, in the words of the Sydney Morning Herald’s chief Washington correspondent Paul McGeogh “as punishment for a previous gas attack that killed more than 80 civilians this week.”
7 April 2017.
“Let the jury consider their verdict” the King said, for about the twentieth time that day. “No, no” said the Queen. “Sentence first – verdict afterward”.
“Stuff and nonsense” said Alice loudly. “The idea of having the sentence first.”
“Hold your tongue” said the Queen, turning purple.
“I won’t” said Alice.
“Off with her head” the Queen shouted at the top of her voice. Nobody moved.
Charles Dodgson ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.’
31 March 2017.
The Sydney Morning Herald used to be a respected broadsheet. It moved to tabloid size and its journalism followed the same trajectory. Nowadays it is divided into four broad sections: news (of a highly selected nature); comment and analysis; business and sports. Other miscellany includes the weather, public notices, obituaries and the like.
28 March 2017.
The attack in Central London by a lone individual and the political response it invoked, highlights the hypocrisy that dominates western political thought in general, and none more so than in Australia.