This nation’s history has been forged in the blood of foreign wars that in hindsight have never involved any real threat to our own security or sovereignty, apart from Japan’s entry into the Second World War.
We have always felt obliged to participate in actions that other nations became engaged in with their foreign wars, to shore up our own interests in defence and trade matters. We have indeed paid a heavy price with our young men’s lives for this participation as compared to other young nations. Our history to date has been one of a willing nation to provide ‘cannon fodder’ for our allies’ benefit while not keeping an eye on how the political implications and ramifications have been disadvantaging our own national interests. I believe it is time that we assess our political and defence strategies to better reflect our own goals rather than those of our major allies and trading partners.
Recently, our Foreign Minister returned from a visit to our major trading partner, China, and had published an article in the Daily Telegraph (Sydney), Wednesday 23 May 2012, concerning his belief that China posed no serious threat to our own national interests. The author of this article felt the Foreign Minister’s article to be far too uncritical concerning China, and how China operates, to be taken seriously. But why did the Foreign Minister choose to pen such an article?
Recently, and coinciding with the Foreign Minister’s visit to China, Song Xiaojin, a retired former senior officer of The People’s Liberation Army, penned an article about the role between Australia and China. In his article he was critical of the Australian penchant for playing the United States as its main protector in defence issues against Chinese dependence on Australian minerals for China’s still expanding economy. His main criticism was that Australia could only have one ‘Godfather’ and the time had now arrived for Australia to choose between the United States and China, for its own self-interests.
Sounds like these two had lunch together, doesn’t it?
Our current Foreign Minister, Bob Carr, is a bleeding heart socialist who has a track record for turning perfectly functioning state infrastructure into a nightmare of ‘Alice in Wonderland’ proportions, and that he knew when to ‘jump ship’ after virtually singlehandedly wrecking the economy of New South Wales while he was Premier of that state. It probably comes as no surprise then that he would advocate better ‘relations’ with China, which he sees as the next Global Power and unsurprisingly, believes we should now hitch our wagon to China’s coat tail.
However, attaching ourselves to Communist China so deeply is not likely to be in Australia’s best interests. Even aside from the moral concerns we have over China as an anti-democratic red fascist state and as a regular contravenor of basic human rights for its own people, there are basic concerns over what demands that China may place upon us if we fall under their sphere of influence.
When we consider the major players in the Pacific region, Australia has the closest ties to the USA, culturally, historically, and socially (even though there are some concerns about the way they have poorly treated some parts of the democratic ideal).
Whilst Australia has a good relationship with the USA, this does not mean that we should play the part of a lap dog to the American super power. In an ideal world, Australia should be able to stand alone militarily and diplomatically, and be able to ward off any external enemies by our own means. However, the ideal world does not always match the real world. It would seem to be in Australia’s long-term interests to maintain our alliance with the Americans, but it should be limited to the extent that we help each if and when one of the partners is attacked. Being in an alliance with the USA does not mean that we should follow them into every conflict they have, nor allow open slather on Australia as a forward operating base. Any such treaty should be for actual military threats, not foreign policy forays.
Let us concentrate instead on upgrading and improving our own Self Defence Force that would be viewed by those in our immediate strategic area as a sufficient deterrent to any possible military overtures by those nations who have long held the view that this country is in the wrong hands.