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April 1, 2003

This is a great post by Emmanual Goldstein from AirStrip One on the way foreign policy plays itself out in British politics.

Its core thesis makes sense for Australia. We find this in text's conclusion:

"The issue is Britainís relationship with America, the rock around which all British politics eventually turns. Whether this has the power to rent apart the party in the same way that Europe tore apart the Tories remains to be seen."

Well, the rock around which all Australian foreign policy since WW2 has turned is our relationship with America. Currently, with the war in Iraq, it is tearing the Australian Labor Party apart. But not the Liberal Party.It is quite comfortable with a dependent foreign policy in which Australia's national interests are identical with those of the US.

And what if the Iraq war is being fought by the US as a proxy war for Isreal?That is the national and strategic interests of the US and Israel coincide? For this reasoning, see Michael Kinsley's What Bush Isn't Saying About Iraq;
Robert G. Kaiser's Bush and Sharon Nearly Identical On Mideast Policy; Mickey Kaus', The Likudnik Factor Plus..

Then read Justin Raimondo's, ON THE MIDDLE EAST ESCALATOR: This war is spreading fast

How come Australia is in the Middle East fighting for Israel's strategic interests? This are perfectly clear according to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who said yesterday

"... that Iran, Libya and Syria should be stripped of weapons of mass destruction after Iraq. These are irresponsible states, which must be disarmed of weapons mass destruction, and a successful American move in Iraq as a model will make that easier to achieve."

In a meeting with U.S. Undersecretary of State John Bolton yesterday, Sharon said that Israel was concerned about the security threat posed by Iran, and stressed that it was important to deal with Iran even while American attention was focused on Iraq.

Bolton said in meetings with Israeli officials that he had no doubt America would attack Iraq, and that it would be necessary thereafter to deal with threats from Syria, Iran and North Korea."

Is it any wonder that the Australia's relationship with the US is tearing the Labor party apart. One should sorry for Simon Crean. It is not about poor leadership performance.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 12:44 PM | | Comments (0)