The Guardian • Issue #2086


  • The Guardian
  • Issue #2086

Lithuania, claiming a threat from Russia, is ramping up military spending. “Everything we have we threw into Ukraine so that they will be able to contain Russia,” said Lithuanian foreign minister, Gabrielius Landsbergis. “And if that doesn’t happen, that means it will fall to us to contain.” Germany last month signed a deal with Lithuania to station 4800 troops near the Russian border.

History is a guide here. Lithuania declared its independence the day after Nazi Germany invaded the Soviet Union, in 1941. Prior to it becoming a part of the Soviet Union, Lithuania was ruled by a right-wing, anti-Semitic dictatorship following a coup in 1926. Before that, it was only a slab of terrain called West Russia which had been absorbed into the czarist empire at the end of the 18th century. Lithuania collaborated with the Nazi invaders, sending their killing squads throughout city and countryside.

There was a big noise in the mass media about the anti-Russian sanctions of the US and the European Union over the operation to liberate Ukraine from Bandera fascism and prevent the installation of NATO nuclear missiles on Ukrainian territory. The sanctions, of course, are severe, for they affect a wide range of economic, political, cultural, and other ties with the US and the EU. We should know not only those who support sanctions, but also those who are against them. Those against them include the other BRICS countries: Brazil, India, China, and South Africa. They account for 43 per cent of the planet’s population. China is the world’s number one economy in terms of GDP; India is in third place. In fact, the whole of Asia does not want to take the side of the USA. The only exceptions are Japan and Australia, whose governments accommodate US bases and US forces of occupation on their territories.

PARASITE OF THE WEEK: the Albanese government, ceding Australia’s independence and sovereignty in the AUKUS axis, committing Australia to the US agenda of wars of aggression, interference in the internal affairs of other countries, and arrogant dismissal of the decisions of the UN. This includes the US agenda in the Middle East with Israel’s crimes against humanity. The policy of tailing the big power was first put into effect when Australia joined the US in the early 1950s in an attempt to throttle the Korean liberation movement and to overthrow the Chinese revolution that had established the People’s Republic of China in 1949. It was again reflected during the years of the Vietnam war when the slogan of “All the way with LBJ” (US president Lyndon Baines Johnson) was the government’s policy watchword. The anti-Vietnam war campaign brought the Whitlam government to power when some real foreign policy changes and a substantially independent course was implemented. But Whitlam’s defeat restored the old status quo of toadying to the US. Successive governments, both Liberal, and Labor, have followed the course laid down by each of the US administrations.

We are still in that deadly embrace. No-one should believe that the weaponising of the country is intended for the defence of Australia. No country in Asia threatens Australia, but the same cannot be said for the Australian government’s attitude to Asia. Australia is now an outright accomplice in the slaughter of defenceless Palestinians by Israel.

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