Thursday, July 05, 2007

crime pays

The Middle East is crucial to Australia's strategic and economic future, Prime Minister John Howard said in a major speech outlining his Government's foreign policy direction.

In an address to the Australian Strategic Policy Institute in Canberra today, Mr Howard highlighted the fight against terrorism and the need to secure a major oil supply as reasons to stay the course in Iraq.(The Age)

Hot off the Press, the PM’s little speech this morning about why we need to keep troops in the Middle East.

And what did he come up with? Terrorism and oil. Though what he perhaps meant was the pursuit of oil justifies us invading another country under false pretences and leaves us open to terrorism or perhaps makes us a terrorist. After all one bad deed attracts another. It has been shown pretty conclusively, it is only our actions in Iraq and Afghanistan that have made us vulnerable to possible terrorist attack.

So, no mention of weapons of mass destruction. No talk of saving a nation from a murderous dictator. Finally he spits it out – we need oil for our continued economic viability. As if stealing gas from the East Timorese wasn’t enough, “our future” gives us the right to invade another country, kill the locals and steal their resources.

Now, imagine if all the money we put into our defence presence in the Middle East*, the millions we’ve found under the mattress to bulk up ASIO, ASIS. the Federal Police and other agencies in the name of homeland security – was spent on renewable resources. Imagine if we all got a decent rebate to put in a water tank, solar panels and energy saving devices. What if a chunk of money was thrown at solar, wind, tidal and non-fossil fuel or nuclear power generation? Don’t you reckon we’d have set ourselves up for the future and had a bit of spare change left over to work towards racial tolerance and peace as well?

*in March 2007 this was estimated at close to $3 billion

Update: 6.7.07

In my insomniac state last night, the number 2 news item on the BBC World Service was the Nelson/Howard double act on Iraq. It's made the British papers as well. It's amusing that Howard is blaming Nelson for the oil slip up, when it was the PM who was happy to bring oil into the equation in his speech yesterday morning, as quoted above. Later in the day, on 2UE, he was in damage control "A lot of oil comes from the Middle East - we all know that - but the reason we remain there is that we want to give the people of Iraq a possibility of embracing democracy." The democratic liberation of fuel reserves perhaps?

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Blogger Aleks - Anarcho-Syndicalist said...

Renewable resources? What large multi-national who donates money the Libs (and ALP too) is a mjor player in the renewable resource sector? None, that's why we won't see the major parties do anything about it until it is too late. Even then they probably won't.

Howard has all but admitted now the reason Australia (and the US, UK etc) won't do anything about Sudan, whose government makes the Israeli government contenders for the Nobel Peace Prize. No oil, no worth.

On a lighter note the word verification letters I have to type to leave my comment - ogazmjs. Not too sure if that is for me or you AOF :)

3:29 pm  
Blogger Another Outspoken Female said...

I'd hope that the ogazmjs are multiple - enough to go around for everyone.

3:43 pm  
Blogger Boysenberry said...

Could it be that the role and purpose of ADF is now being modelled on that of the USMC in the 1890s-1930s?

6:38 am  

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