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My interview Razor Sharp 18 February
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp on Tuesday 18 February. http://sharonfirebrace.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/18-2-14-john-passant-aust-national-university-g20-meeting-age-of-enttilement-engineers-attack-of-austerity-hardship-on-civilians.mp3 (0)

My interview Razor Sharp 11 February 2014
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp this morning. The Royal Commission, car industry and age of entitlement get a lot of the coverage. http://sharonfirebrace.com/2014/02/11/john-passant-aust-national-university-canberra-2/ (0)

Razor Sharp 4 February 2014
Me on 4 February 2014 on Razor Sharp with Sharon Firebrace. http://sharonfirebrace.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/4-2-14-john-passant-aust-national-university-canberra-end-of-the-age-of-entitlement-for-the-needy-but-pandering-to-the-lusts-of-the-greedy.mp3 (0)

Time for a House Un-Australian Activities Committee?
Tony Abbott thinks the Australian Broadcasting Corporation is Un-Australian. I am looking forward to his government setting up the House Un-Australian Activities Committee. (1)

Make Gina Rinehart work for her dole
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Sick kids and paying upfront

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Save Medicare

Demonstrate in defence of Medicare at Sydney Town Hall 1 pm Saturday 4 January (0)

Me on Razor Sharp this morning
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace this morning for Razor Sharp. It happens every Tuesday. http://sharonfirebrace.com/2013/12/03/john-passant-australian-national-university-8/ (0)

I am not surprised
I think we are being unfair to this Abbott ‘no surprises’ Government. I am not surprised. (0)

Send Barnaby to Indonesia
It is a pity that Barnaby Joyce, a man of tact, diplomacy, nuance and subtlety, isn’t going to Indonesia to fix things up. I know I am disappointed that Barnaby is missing out on this great opportunity, and I am sure the Indonesians feel the same way. [Sarcasm alert.] (0)

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Afghanistan: but the dead are many

We pursue that mission because Afghanistan has been a safe haven for terrorists, for terrorists who have wreaked acts of violence against Australians in 9/11 and in Bali. 

Labor Prime Minister Julia Gillard speaking after the death of another Australian soldier in Afghanistan

The political fools who bought us Vietnam and who have seen the defeat and then destruction of the Russian empire in the graveyard of Afghanistan have learned nothing.  This is history repeating, or as Marx more aptly put it in the 18th Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte

… all great world-historic facts and personages appear, so to speak, twice… the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce.

Welcome to the farce that is Afghanistan, a lie wrapped in calumny. Our invasion has strengthened the resistance, a resistance that will eventually force the invaders out.

Many will die – most of them Afghans, and most of those civilians.

17 Australians have died in 9 years, 6 in the last month. Our politicians weep crocodile tears for those who die for the ANZUS insurance policy and lie about a terrorist threat.

The terrorist threat is as real as the communist dominoes or yellow hordes before them were. 

Afghanistan had nothing to do with Bali, and the Taliban did not launch the 9/11 attacks. In fact the Taliban Government of the time expressed its sympathy with the American people and condemned the attack. 

 They were prepared to hand bin Laden over to the Americans if he were tried in a Muslim country like Saudi Arabia. The US rejected this offer because they wanted to invade Afghanistan and send a message to the world that their military power could subjugate anyone.

We are the real terrorists invading Afghanistan. Estimates of the number of Afghan civilians killed directly or indirectly as  a result of the invasion are over ten thousand. Nobody in the West weeps for them.

For the US the invasion of Afghanistan was part of a wider strategy to encircle China and curtail it as a growing threat to American global hegemony. 

For Australia it is an insurance policy with US imperialism that helps Australia expand its influence in the Pacific region and controls and contains Chinese influence there and in South East Asia. Fro the Australian ruling class the invasion and our participation in it also keeps a US focus on our sphere of influence or wanna be sphere of influence. 

What is the way forward?  As the courageous suspended Afghan MP Malalai Joya says at RAWA News:

Afghans face three enemies: the occupying forces, the Taliban and the warlords. When the US pulls out, the Taliban and the warlords will lose their guardian. It will be easier for Afghans to unite and crush these internal enemies.

Bring the troops home from Afghanistan. 

Labor, like the Liberals, won’t do that. Only a mass movement like the one the Left built against the Vietnam war can end our participation in this criminal invasion and occupation.

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Comments

Comment from Arjay
Time July 12, 2010 at 11:01 am

The Taliban even wanted to give Bin Laden up and asked the USA to to give them a face saving excuse to hand him over.The US ignored them.They continued to roll our false Osamas that did even look like him.

Now even the CIA admit that Bin laden has been dead since 2001,supposedly killed at Tora Bora.

Zibignew Brzezinski in his book the Grand Chessboard,some tears before 911.”What we need is a truley massive and widely perceived direst external threat.” Zibig was talking in terms of foreign policy and they needed something to replace the fear of communism to scare us into submission. That fear was global terrorism created by our Govts so we will give up our freedoms and we are doing just that.

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