Issue 1, Vol 9. Dhul Hijjah & Muharram 1423 H / February & March 2002
Cover Story:
Pedophilia of the Church
Local Affairs:
US-Australia Relations put Australia's security at risk

Australians shooting for Israel
Political Affairs :
Al-Aqsa Intifada: Between Jewish Losses and Arafatian Conspiracy

US War on Islam (Episode Two)
Our Youth:
Time: The Currency of Life
Ramadan Special :
What every Muslim needs to know about Ramadan
Qur'anic Guidance :
Surat al-Massad
Invincible: The Amazing Case of the Believer
Surat Al-Kafiroon
Garden of the Pious:
Miscellaneous Benefits

Hateful Voice of the Daily Telegraph
  local affairs
US-Australia Relations Put Australia's Security at Risk By: Dawood Yusuf

Former US Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton have both warned that there is no current danger to the US from Baghdad. But only the Prime Ministers of Britain and Australia seem to have caught up with the blood and oil lust of the US red-neck President George Bush. At least the British had a say on the actions of their government, with sixty percent believing their country should play no part if the US launched military strike on Iraq without United Nations backing (Reuters, 07 September 2002).

In Australia, there had been only endless rhetoric, no facts but sneaky preparation for and on behalf of the US' wars. Speaking to radio 3AW (06 September 2002), Prime Minister John Howard said 'Australia' had seen US intelligence proving that Iraq held weapons of mass destruction, and he also promised that Australians 'will be pre-warned if the country becomes involved in a United States-led attack on Iraq.' "We, along with the Americans, have intelligence information and we haven't idly suggested that Iraq possesses weapons of mass destruction. But there's been no decision by the Americans and I don't expect any decision to be taken in the immediate period as yet," said John Howard. Right!

The Australian Defence Minister Senator Hill had reportedly argued that the probability of war was 'increasing', saying that if the US 'reaches the conclusion that there is no other alternative, and it seems to be gradually heading that way - then it is reasonable to expect that they will seek some assistance from Australia, ' according to We have Iraq proof: PM by Dennis Atkins, Michael Beach and James McCullough (news. com. au, 06 September 2002).

The article also said Senator Hill's office confirmed that massive Russian Antonov air-craft have been transporting Australian troops and equipment into Kuwait but denied it was part of a major military build-up in the region. The Antonovs were reportedly 'shut-tling between Darwin and Kuwait carrying staff and equipment once or twice a week for five months'.

Following a meeting several months ago in Washington with the US Secretary of State, Colin Powell, the Foreign Minister Alexander Downer was over-confident, giving Australia's backing to the US to invade Iraq and saying Australians were likely to sup-port military intervention, according to Downer supports US attack on Iraq by Caroline Overington, SMH, 13 July 2002). His comments were reportedly criticised by both Labor Party and the Australian Democrats.

An anti-Iraq war coalition comprising of community and church leaders, intellectuals, peace and human rights' activists had stepped up its campaign against the war that 'Australians were likely to support'. Even sources close to the Liberals on university campuses are privately saying that the eagerness of the Howard

"The eagerness of the Howard Government to move closer to the US is 'an embarrassment' to the country."
Sources close to the Liberals
on university campuses

Government to move closer to the US is 'an embarrassment' to the country. The first protest organised by a coalition of the Australian Greens, Democrats and Community Aid Abroad, held on 07 September in Adelaide, sent a clear message that Australia got 'a dependent foreign policy'. Australia's subservience to the US is a serious concern, as it promotes the US military interests to the detriment of Australia's defence and security. There are already 30 US bases in Australia, and the call for more bases had been under serious criticism, primarily because instead of responding to Australia's defence and security needs, the Australian Anti-Bases Campaign Coalition (AACC) argued, Australia 'has developed a policy of projecting power in our region, buying long-range weapons delivery systems that threaten neighbouring countries rather than focusing on defending our continent'.

AACC also argued that far from aiding Australia's position in the Asia-Pacific region, the US alliance 'hinders us and costs valuable trading opportunities and political contacts and influence; and it concluded, "Australia needs an independent, non-aligned foreign military policy." According to documents of the AACC, the US has permanent facilities with a range of sophisticated, communications and intelli-gence gathering abilities; and it has unlimited access to all Australian Defence Force (ADF) training facilities, such as the bombing range at Delamere near Katherine and the jungle training area at Shoal Bay near Rockhampton.

Moreover, there is growing fear on the role of Pine Gap as an aggressive, targeting base for the wars of the US against Third world countries such as Iraq and Afghanistan. During his 15 August visit to Pine Gap, Defence Minister Hill was reported to have said, "Pine Gap is an impressive demonstration of our close working relationship with the United States." At the time US Air Force 3 (Air Force 1 is for the president) was at the tarmac at Alice Springs. In an interview with the Centralian Advocate, Senator Hill said that Pine Gap was a major intelligence facility, which would be utilised in the event of military action against Iraq. In a press release (15 August 2002) critical of Senator Hill's remarks, the AACC said: "While Australia spends many millions each year on the over 30 US bases here all Australia gets in return is the arrogant raiding of our agriculture markets which undermines our economy."

"In fact there is equipment in Pine Gap which enables industrial espionage to be carried out on our industries, particularly our agriculture and extractive sectors," the press release said. The facts surrounding Pine Gap are kept in the dark not only to the Australian public but also to MPs, whereas US Congress officials received classified briefings about its functions. Pine Gap, officially known as the 'Joint Defence Space Research Facility', is the largest and most important US satellite ground stations outside mainland USA.

It was established in 1968 as a CIA intelligence base and situated in Central Australia, 19 km southwest of Alice Springs and it consists of a large computer complex with eight radomes protecting its antennae from elements and satellite reconnaissance. According to AACC, Pine Gap's most important role is processing information gathered by Rhyolite signals intelligence (SIGINT) satellites and transmitting that information to the United States. Pine Gap's satellites gather military radio transmissions, giving information on military readiness, troop and ship movements and they can inter-cept radar emanations, allowing mapping of air defences, anti-ballistic missile radars and early-warning radars.

In the inevitable war on Iraq, the Pine Gap facility will monitor the Iraqi military, observing, recording and marking them for destruction by the US from guided missiles to the 'Daisy Cutter'. Pine Gap's reconnaissance of Iraq will note activity centres and built up areas, whilst analysts will enter co-ordinates into the target logs, where civilian centres will also be included to inflict maxi-mum casualties possible.

According to AACC, the US has practised putting trucks laden with electronic gear in their huge Galaxy aircraft and flying them to Alice Springs and other centres in Australia to be driven to US bases.

The reason for exposing Pine Gap here is to draw attention as to the dangers posed by the US-Australia military alliance and why the Howard government has been so eagerly waiting to see US strikes on Iraq. Howard has failed in his responsibility to put his case for action against Iraq to the Australian public and the Parliament. And yet, he had called on the United Nations' action against Iraq - something he couldn't and wouldn't do against Israel's repeated violations of Security Council resolutions and its weapons of mass destruction.

The US propaganda machine is cranking up to a new round of demonising Saddam Hussein, leading up to the war George Bush is so determined the world should have. A former president of the UN Association of Australia, Keith Suter, was blunt saying that the US may have to bribe some countries to increase support for a war against Iraq (PM calls for UN action on Iraq, ABC News, 09 September 2002).

But Australia does not need to be bribed! The valuable military services already rendered put Australia - a country that isn't destined to be a superpower or a country without significant weight globally in any respect - at great risks as far as its defence and security are concerned.

Because of its servile tendency towards the US, the Howard Government should be thrown out of office, a fate the Keating Government encountered because of its push towards Asia. It is interesting how Paul Keating, delivering the John Curtin Anniversary Lecture to the Curtin University of Technology in

"Australia needs an independent, non-aligned foreign military policy"
Australian Anti-Bases Campaign Coalition (AACC)

Perth, lashed out at United States 'unilateralism' and called on Australia to adopt a more independent foreign policy. The US street gear and baseball caps are one thing but the Australian community is far too laid back to accept servitude of any kind. Government actions often fail to recognise that. Australia can never become an equal partner of the US simply because of the subservience of the government.

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