Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Our Leaders Get it, Our Public is Another matter

Australian PM John Howard – A clear-thinking, straight-talking, no-BS leader. In fact, the Neocon observes that all of the leaders of the English speaking world, John Howard of Australia, Stephen Harper of Canada, Tony Blair of Great Britain, and of course George W. Bush of the United States, all get it. They all clearly understand the threat to the civilized world. Also as observed many times on this site, our leaders are far ahead of the public on this. Below we give you some of the latest words from John Howard:

WITH the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of Soviet communism, it became all too easy to pretend that the outcome of the Cold War was an inevitable result of large-scale, impersonal forces that ultimately left totalitarianism exhausted and democratic capitalism triumphant. Nothing could be further from the truth. This was a struggle fought by individuals on behalf of the individual spirit.

It's worth recalling just some of the philo-communism that was once common in Australia in the 1950s and '60s:

- Manning Clark's book Meeting Soviet Man likened the ideals of Vladimir Lenin to Jesus Christ;

- John Burton, the former head of the External Affairs Department, argued Mao's China provided a model for the transformation of Australia;

- All those who did not simply oppose Australia's commitment in Vietnam but who actively supported the other side and fed the delusion that Ho Chi Minh was some sort of Jeffersonian Democrat intent on spreading liberty in Asia.

To quote George Orwell: One has to belong to the intelligentsia to believe things like that: no ordinary man could be such a fool.
There is a view that the pro-communist left in Australia in decades past was no more than a bunch of naive idealists, rather than what they were - ideological barrackers for regimes of oppression opposed to Australia and its interests. In taking on the communist left and their fellow-travellers, people like Richard Krygier, James McAuley, Peter Coleman, Bob Santamaria, Heinz Arndt and Frank Knopfelmacher were not only right in practice. They were right in principle and part of a noble and moral cause. In the eyes of the new left, the Cold War became a struggle defined by moral equivalence where the Soviet bloc and the American-led West were equally to blame, each possessing their own dominating ideologies. It became the height of intellectual sophistication to believe that people in the West were no less oppressed than people under communist dictatorship.

In time, the world would luckily see the emergence of three remarkable individuals whose moral clarity punctured such nonsense: Ronald Reagan; Margaret Thatcher; and Pope John Paul II. Again, it would take the brave voices of a few individuals to take a stand against the orthodoxies of the day.

Despite a more diverse and lively intellectual environment in Australia compared with past decades, we should not underestimate the degree to which the soft left still holds sway, especially in Australia's universities.

Let me say a few words about the global struggle we now face at the start of the 21st century. Let me repeat what I have said before. This is not a struggle against Islam. It is a struggle against a perverted interpretation of Islam. To those who want to portray the West as anti-Muslim I would say that it was not the Arab League who went to war in the 1990s on behalf of Muslim minorities in the Balkans. It was the governments of the United States, the United Kingdom and their NATO allies. Let me also remind people who now talk as if Iraq was some island of pro-Islamic tranquillity before 2003 that the person who probably killed more Muslims in history is Saddam Hussein. There are, as Owen Harries reminds us, people who legitimately opposed the original action to oust Saddam Hussein, but it remains (to borrow a phrase) an inconvenient truth that if countries such as the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia simply abandon the people of Iraq this would be an enormous victory for the forces of terror and extremism around the world.

The fact is we are part of a global campaign for the very ideals that some people wistfully dreamed were unchallengeable after the Cold War. No less than in that long, twilight struggle, this too will be a generational struggle for ideals of democratic freedom and liberty under law.


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