Saturday, April 8, 2017
Condemnation of the US bombing of Syria
The Australian Anti-Bases Campaign unreservedly condemns the bombing of a Syrian airbase (April 6 2017) by the US based on the excuse of the use of chemical weapons. We also condemns the weak response by both the Coalition Government and the right wing opposition Labor Party in which we see a complete dereliction of duty to pursue to peaceful means. Instead both the Australian Government and the ALP opposition are in lock step agreement with the disastrous US bombing.
“After years of supporting the insurgency against the Assad Government in Syria, the US is trying to puff itself up as being on the moral high ground. The US has supplied the insurgents with weapons and some of these have made their way to the hands of the IS. The US’s allies namely Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Israel and the Gulf States have financed the IS while the US has turned a blind eye to the damage and civilian deaths caused.” Said Denis Doherty of the Australian Anti-Bases Campaign Coalition (AABCC).
“The arms used by the IS are all US made and the Toyotas used by this force is likewise a direct result of the US support and financing of the jihadists. Meanwhile the legitimate Government of Syria with all its faults is battling a massive insurgency which is financed with US cooperation by countries with deep pockets such as Saudi Arabia.
“The claims of the US of concern ring especially hollow, as the US just killed over 230 civilians including children in Mosul. The western world’s response was a sympathetic murmur of ‘collateral damage’ such indulgence is not afforded to Assad. The US and Australian Governments are puffing themselves up as being concerned with civilian casualties when they are just as bad. A person killed by a weapon which is either ‘nice’ US one or a chemical is still dead.
The US inspected Assad’s stockpile of chemical weapons and then destroyed them. As in Iraq the US is now declaring Assad must have hidden some but how can we trust them after the disaster it caused in Iraq?
A determined effort by the US and Australia to assist a cease fire being enacted would see their efforts being more positive and advantageous to peace. Instead the US and Australia always rely on military force which is totally ineffective and spreads more misery and death. Shame on the Trump administration and the weak irresponsible Australian Government and Opposition.
by Nick Deane
I almost agree with Peter Hartcher (‘Our secret weapon to woo Trump’ Nov. 15). He writes that “it’s a good time for a deep examination” of Australia’s alliance with the US. However, the point to be made is that the Trump election renders that examination absolutely imperative and urgent – much more than just a good idea!
Marrickville Peace Group
by Denis Doherty Anti-Bases
Peter Hartcher takes the wrong approach in his column ‘Australia has a secret weapon to keep Donald Trump in our alliance’ SMH Nov 15. Instead of taking the arrival of Donald Trump as an opportunity to look at the US alliance anew too many are searching for ways to keep the alliance as it is. Paul Keating among others has called for the renewal of our approach to the US.
Pine Gap is at the moment the poisonous heart of Australia in a real way as the site from which Australian citizens have their privacy violated and their details sent to the US and other states, it assists in the war crimes of the Obama drone program. It has been used in the wars against Iraq and the Afghanistan. Far from assuring us of security it actually makes it more probable that Australians will be targets in any so called ‘blow back’ operation from those injured or threatened by the drones. Above all security wise Pine Gap is a nuclear target and experts explain to us that within 30 mins of a nuclear exchange with China or Russia the area around Pine Gap and Alice Springs will be devastated by a nuclear blasts. After that Pine Gap and its nearby areas will be poisoned by nuclear contamination for many years.
The cost of the US alliance is too expensive.
In the light of remarks he made during the campaign, Donald Trump’s election raises questions about the extent to which Australia can rely on the United States of America for military protection. The folly of over-reliance on a foreign power for the nation’s defence should now be absolutely clear. No doubt senior figures in our defence establishment are grappling with this realization right now.
What they should do is look on this as an opportunity to completely re-assess Australia’s approach to its defence. The hallmark of any truly independent nation is, surely, the willingness and capacity for that nation to look after its own defence. Now is the time to open debate on how Australia might best do just that.
The strategic situation was fluid enough before the election. We now face a very uncertain future. This is the time for Australians to accept the reality of true independence and the responsibilities that that brings. Time for the nation to stand up and assert with confidence that we can look after ourselves!
Marrickville Peace Group