john pilger’s “Australia: The New 51st State”

A posting on Rhetoricians for Peace informed me of an article by John Pilger called “Australia: The New 51st State,” which begins with this paragraph:

In June this year, 26,000 US and Australian troops will take part in bombarding the ancient fragile landscape of Australia. They will storm the Great Barrier Reef, gun down “terrorists” and fire laser-guided missiles at some of the most pristine wilderness on earth. Stealth, B-1 and B-52 bombers (the latter alone each carry 30 tonnes of bombs) will finish the job, along with a naval onslaught. Underwater depth charges will explode where endangered species of turtle breed. Nuclear submarines will discharge their high-level sonar, which destroy the hearing of seals and other marine mammals.

The article details Australian Prime Minister John Howard’s support of the Bush administration and discusses Rupert Murdoch’s media supremacy in the U.S. and Australia. Author John Pilger discusses a secret treaty signed by Howard and Bush in 2004; the treaty allows the U.S. to establish its 738th military base in Western Australia and makes possible Operation Talisman Sabre 2007, the horrific military practice described in the first paragraph of Pilger’s piece.

If there were such a thing as a planetary shrink, a psychotherapist for Earth, our diagnosis would be insanity — how else would one describe the self-destructive practices we engage in moment to moment, all in the name of protecting one’s country?


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