Sleeping Tiger, hidden Dragon …

“If you want peace, prepare for war” – Australian Defence Minister, Peter Dutton.

It is sheer hypocrisy for Scott Morrison, the United States policeman in the Asia-Pacific, to say that a military base on Solomon Islands would be a ‘red line’ for Australia and the US. What is Morrison’s problem with a Chinese military base in the Solomons when there are hundreds of US military bases in the Asia-Pacific region and some new ones in Australia. We post below a media release from IPAN and make comment on the video Ukraine on Fire.

Ukraine on Fire

Not One Inch Eastward – Secretary of State James A. Baker in a deal made in early February 1990 with Mikhail Gorbachev, the General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.

Across its eastern border is Russia and to its west-Europe. For centuries, it has been at the center of a tug-of-war between powers seeking to control its rich lands and access to the Black Sea. 2014’s Maidan Massacre triggered a bloody uprising that ousted president Viktor Yanukovych and painted Russia as the perpetrator – Blurb accompanying ‘Ukraine on Fire’

Comment. If the video Ukraine on Fire is to be believed, and the US neocons played a hand in the 2014 Maidan uprising in Kyiv, I wonder what that makes Zelensky? A potential puppet of the United States? Zelensky did spend time in Washington sucking up to President Trump and certainly has the ear of the State Department.

Regardless, I think Putin has gone about challenging NATO in the wrong way … what he has done is to drive Finland, Sweden and Ukraine into NATO not away from it. Russian military incursions are yet to obtain a secure water supply for Crimea and the Russians are yet to control the industrial areas of Ukraine i.e. Donbas. Putin has failed to provide protection for Russian speakers in Ukraine from bombing in the east or being treated like second class citizens in the western cities of Lviv and Kyiv. Plus Zelensky is rounding up leftists and banning their organisations.

Drought and famine are no strangers to the region

Once the United States decided to divide the world and promote colour revolutions in Eastern Europe what does Russia stand to lose by attacking the government of Kyiv?

The US (and NATO) has made its move eastward since the fall of the Berlin wall, so people should not be surprised that Russia would have more NATO nations on its flanks and almost certain that Russia would lose the Western part of Ukraine.

US foreign policy has put Russia well and truly into the Chinese camp and made a conflict in the East a reality. Thus the US has destabilised the world and made it a more dangerous place with famine in the Ukraine like the one in Syria that preceded it. Nations to the south such as Egypt will suffer the loss of the wheat harvest in Ukraine. Both Ukraine and Russia have known famine caused by European invasions and western dominance before.

But to stir the sleeping tiger and the hidden dragon, that may prove to be a mistake.

Ian Curr
25 April 2022


The Solomons

If you want peace, prepare for peace, not for war” says IPAN

Defence Minister Peter Dutton’s talk of war is dangerous to all in the Pacific

  • The beneficiaries are the weapons manufacturers
  • War with China is a lose-lose scenario
  • Stockholm International Peace Research Institute reports annual US $2.11 trillion spending on military
  • Mature leadership is needed for peace and a secure environment

Mr Dutton today again used scare tactics in an apparent desperate bid to see his government re-elected at the upcoming federal election.

“Hearing our country’s defence minister likening China today to Germany in the 1930’s and saying that we must prepare for war is dangerous provocative rhetoric”, said Ms Brownlie, IPAN’s Chairperson.
“This coupled with the Prime Minister Scott Morrison talking about an ‘arc of autocracy’ and ‘red lines’ must be alarming to all Australians.”

“We are all shocked and horrified by the ongoing war in Ukraine where people are being needlessly killed as collateral damage and suffering the loss of their homes, livelihoods and history. Mr Dutton and Mr Morrison’s reckless talk of war coming to Australia must be condemned”

The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute today released their annual report on military spending with the news that this has increased dramatically to US $2.11 trillion which is so fundamentally wrong while resources are not being spent on the transition to a fossil fuel free future, on health, nutrition, education, housing and many more social needs.

Australians want and expect mature leadership which prioritises dialogue and diplomacy and respect for United Nations laws including the Treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons (TPNW) which came into effect early 2021.

IPAN believes this government needs to be removed with a strong call to a new government for peace and genuine security through cooperation dealing with the existential problems facing Australians and all humanity, climate change pandemics and nuclear war.

      Media Interviews: Contact Annette Brownlie, 0431 597 256

      IPAN Media Liaison:  Kathryn Kelly, contact 0417 269 984
           PO Box 573 Coorparoo Brisbane Qld Australia 4151

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