Dangerous madmen in the White House
Nothing could more starkly indicate the aggressive, arrogant and warmongering mindset of the present US leadership than the publication of a document prepared by an analyst of the Rand Corporation and presented to the US Defence Policy Board in July. The document declares that Saudi Arabia is "the kernel of evil, the prime mover, the most dangerous opponent" of the US in the Middle East. It goes on to propose that unless the Saudi authorities stop all anti-US and anti- Israel statements the Saudi oil fields and overseas financial assets should be "targeted". What being "targeted" means is not made explicit but given the preparedness of the US to bomb any country that dares to disagree with and stand up to the US leadership, it is not hard to imagine what the author of the statement is actually proposing. Although the US Government has been quick to distance itself from the embarrassing statement, the fact that it reached the table of the Defence Policy Board, which is chaired by one of the most rabid of the US hawks — Richard Perle — is an indication that it is not just the ravings of some nutter. Commenting on the document The Washington Post says that it "represents a view that has growing currency within the Bush Administration, especially on the staff of Vice-President Dick Cheney..." The fact that the statement not only takes issue with anti-US but also anti-Israel attitudes of the Saudis again shows the hand-in-glove relationship between the US and the war that Israel is waging against the Palestinian people. Some months ago the Saudi Crown Prince put forward a reasonable peace proposal for settlement of the Palestine-Israel conflict which was similar to the repeated demands of the United Nations. However, the Saudi proposal has been successfully drowned by the combined efforts of the Israeli Government and the US administration. It does not suit these two partners in crime to have a settlement of the conflict that must result in the creation of an independent Palestinian state. This would necessitate the withdrawal of all Israeli military forces to their former borders. There is now almost total unanimity among the Arab states in support of the demand for a settlement of the Israeli-Palestine conflict and in opposition to an invasion of Iraq. The emerging American attitude to Saudi Arabia is yet another indication that an invasion of Iraq is not going to end there. The US has already listed Iran, Syria, Lebanon and it now appears that Saudi Arabia will also soon join those named as part of the "axis of evil". An invasion of Iraq (and that is what it would be — aggression and invasion) would probably create a popular explosion in a number of Middle Eastern countries, from Libya, to Egypt, Iran and Saudi Arabia. This is the madmen's nightmare that the Howard Government is irresponsibly pledging Australia to join. Opposition to war against Iraq is not limited to the Arab and Muslim countries. In both Britain and Germany polls indicate that upwards of 80 per cent of the people are opposed. More and more the US alliance is turning into an alliance limited to other Anglo-Saxon countries. The US war plans cannot succeed in the long run and will eventually end in a disaster for the United States and its allies.Back to index page
* * *Andrew Murray
Andrew Murray's statement of demands to the Australian Democrats is an agenda to embroil the Party in endless internal acrimony.and divert it from much more important policy questions, including the privatisation of Telstra, the question of cross-media ownership, refugees, education and the Government's commitment to war in Iraq. This, and Andrew Murray's attempt to remain in the Party but not of it, are the classic actions of an agent provocateur, of someone out to do as much damage to the Party as possible. It remains to be seen the conditions under which Andrew Murray has rejoined the Party room. He owes his seat to the Party. He has no right to a seat in the Senate other than as a member of the Australian Democrats.