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Cry “Havoc!” and let slip the dogs of war

Marcus Antonius

And Caesar’s spirit, raging for revenge,
With Ate by his side come hot from hell,
Shall in these confines with a monarch’s voice
Cry “Havoc!” and let slip the dogs of war,
That this foul deed shall smell above the earth
With carrion men, groaning for burial.

Julius Caesar Act 3, scene 1, 270–275

Prime Minister Tony Abbott tries out the cockpit of the F-35 fighter plane in Canberra, Wednesday, April 23, 2014.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott in the cockpit of an F-35 fighter plane

 

Australia is to go to war in Iraq, again. The US asked for Australian assistance ‘to transport stores of military equipment, including arms and munitions, as part of a multi-nation effort.’ RAAF aircraft stationed in the region have already flown sorties to Northern Iraq.

The current crisis is a result of the US led invasion of Iraq in 2003 based on the lie of weapons of mass destruction. The more than 1 million Iraqis who died as a result of the US invasion might have a simple message, if they could talk. ‘Stop invading countries and making a bad situation worse. The overthrow of our dictators (often dictators you in the West support) is our responsibility.’

‘The reason the Islamic State (IS) has so much support is because of the havoc you in the West have wreaked on our country and the failure of your Shia puppet government to include Sunnis in rebuilding the country.’

The country of Iraq, a creation of British and French Imperialism at the end of the First World War, is breaking up. The region may follow suit. For example, one possibility, coming out of arming the Peshmerga Kurdish fighters against the Islamic State, is a separate Kurdish state, but Kurdistan threatens 5 countries, including Turkey and Iran among other countries.

US bombing raids have helped the Peshmerga, Iraqi Army and Shia fighters challenge IS.

However IS is a creature who owes its initial success tot eh US and its support in the civil war against Assad. Now the US appears to be moving closer to Assad to support him in his war against IS and the real revolutionaries in Syria.

Tony Abbott claims IS is a threat to Australia’s security. This is hard to see. Fighting on the other side of the globe has little impact directly or indirectly on us. The threat of jihadists returning and doing damage is slight in the extreme. That is not to say a Sunni extremist might not engage in some form of go it alone violence, but that is not solely the preserve of jihadists here or elsewhere in the west. Indeed in the US the biggest threat to black Americans is the white State’s police force.

Violence in Australia is mainly the monopoly of the Australian state. For example its ongoing violence against Aboriginal Australians drives some to drugs and alcohol or suicide. It sees many of them live in poverty, ill-health and die a decade or so earlier than the rest of us. There is no war on the war on Aborigines.

There are a number of reasons why Abbott has let slip the dogs of war. The first is the insurance policy the Australian ruling class has with US imperialism. It means that under cover of US imperialism Australia can and does try to expand its reach in the region. The price is dead Australian soldiers in places like Afghanistan and Iraq, and before that Vietnam. It also means Pine Gap and now the growing US base at Darwin as part of the US encirclement and containment of China. It is why both Liberals and Labor support the US alliance to the hilt.

The second is the view among conservatives and social democrats that voters will support the government in times of war. That is why Abbott has committed Australian personnel and aircraft and Labor has supported him unequivocally.

The third is that the drums of war drown out the cries of those opposed to the rotten Budget. Labor Party Senator Sue Lines was right when she said the warmongering and security scares were about distracting attention away for the Budget. There is no threat. Even Australia’s ‘intelligence’ agencies have kept the threat level at its previous low risk level.

Some on the left argue that the crisis of politics in Australia (and more generally in the developed world) will see Australians reject the warmongering and fake security threats. I am not sure that is the case. The humdrum of life for many workers often sees them rally behind the flag as something different and exciting, at least in the early days. I doubt this war that isn’t in Iraq will be any different.

Is there an alternative? The tens of thousands who marched this weekend against the Abbott government are a possible base from which to build a coalition against Abbott’s war on Iraq and war on Australians.

If we are to go to war in Iraq then let the capitalists, parsons, politicians, landlords, newspaper editors and other stay-at-home patriots go first.

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Tom Barker from the IWW in World War I doing his bit for recruitment

 

 

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Comments

Comment from Fred
Time August 31, 2014 at 10:00 pm

The biggest threat to black Americans is other black Americans. 94% of black murder victims are killed by another black American.

Comment from John
Time September 1, 2014 at 5:22 am

Oh Fred, you are such a literalist. And why is that? Because many black Americans are alienated by and from the system.

Comment from Lorikeet
Time September 1, 2014 at 11:06 am

I think the UN’s agenda is to pacify the people to the point where they will not object to capitalist rule in a global corporate neo-communist regime. This will require virtual elimination or subjugation of race, religion, gender and the breakup of any international pacts (e.g. Commonwealth) outside of possibly 7 economic unions. It will also require clobbering of uprisings of any kind by police and the military across the world.

In our own nation, there has been a very marked decline in Christian religious attendances over the last 3-4 decades. This has helped to move churches out of areas which are potentially financially lucrative, such as aged care, and replace them with investment bankers.

Politicians who speak out on particular topics when they feel our country is being sold short are labelled “racists” and forced to apologise. So much for Freedom of Speech.

The new Green atheist religion also labels people who don’t support homosexuality as “homophobes” and accuses THEM of vilification. Interestingly, the Green religion supported by the UN has also been infiltrating the churches.

Regarding the verse from Julius Caesar, I think my dance coach was right when he stated a few years ago that we are making a return to the Roman Days of sodomy and debauchery.

But I think the days of warfare will end with the complete subjugation of the masses across the world, in combination with a third world world existence for all.