There is no better day than ANZAC Day, when we remember our soldiers who died in war, to talk about military threats and America’s endless wars in pursuit of “full spectrum dominance” of the plant Earth. The US – a waning imperial power – still wants to control the planet politically and economically while using its vast military power to enforce its will.
Their latest plans are to spread their conflict with China to the Pacific with an aggressive new alliance – AUKUS – bringing Australia alongside the UK in a massive military plan to “contain China”. There are plenty of reasons for us to be wary of China and its human rights abuses in places like Tibet and Hong Kong but many more reasons to be wary of the US with its appalling record of overturning democratically elected governments which cross its path and unleashing murder and mayhem on countries across the globe – almost always with brown-eyed citizens – which dare to follow their own path.
I have pointed out previously that the US will right now be working hard to undermine and overturn the democratically elected Solomon Islands government as it tries to drive China to the margins of the Pacific.
I’m not aware China has any military bases outside its borders while the US has several dozen massive bases around the globe and is striving to increase these right to China’s borders. The US would never accept any other country However in the process the US has lost the support of most of the world with emerging economies turning their backs on the schoolyard-bully regime.
It’s fine for Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand to say we agree with a “rules-based international order”. But such an order must be based on international law, international treaties, the International Court of Justice, the International Criminal Court and United Nations resolutions. Unfortunately the US doesn’t go along with any of those so that in effect we are talking about an international order dictated by the US and its global, and regional, priorities. This is no place for Aotearoa New Zealand.
We need a genuinely independent foreign policy which has respectful relations with both the US and China but which is prepared to call either of them out when we disagree. Such a policy demands respect – the alternative is obsequiousness. One of the most unfortunate aspects of the current government is that it has allowed us to be dragged back closer into the US orbit than at any time in the last 40 years. We now have the awful sight of our current PM following in Ardern’s footsteps to attend another NATO leaders meeting in July.
It is any wonder the rest of the world looks on NATO as the white thugs club?
Aotearoa New Zealand should have nothing to do with US plans to isolate China. We were not invited to be part of the first version of AUKUS because of our anti-nuclear policies but there are plenty of bureaucrats, commentators and one-dimensional politicians (National’s Mark Mitchell comes to mind) who are pushing hard for us to join a second-tier AUKUS which shares intelligence with AUKUS states. This is simply anti-China posturing because our GCSB (Government Communications Security Bureau) already provides intelligence to America’s National Security Agency through the five-eyes agreement. (This is an agreement between spy organisations in the US, UK, Australia. Canada and Aotearoa New Zealand)
We should say no to AUKUS at any level and withdraw from the five-eyes agreement. There are more important, safer and principled things we should be doing than playing poodle to the US.
Australia unfortunately seems to have no such qualms. It is incredibly brainless and dangerous for Australia to sign up to a massive arms race in the Pacific driven by US paranoia and Quixotic dreams of ruling the world. It will be a boon for the US arms industry but will make the Pacific a much more dangerous place.
We can only hope a people’s movement develops in Australia to sink AUKUS – for the sake of all who call the Pacific home.