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December 1, 2021

Making powerful enemies

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The West will be the loser in all this persistent hostility towards Russia.

Where can Russia go? East. When Russia and China really cosy up to each other it will be a powerful coalition.

They bring quite different resources and skills to their table, for mutual benefit. They share some common political-historical outlook.

I doubt that MH17 was a ‘crime’. It was probably an accident. Abbott’s next contribution was a trade-war against Russia. Dream on. Now it’s ‘only the West that can deliver humanitarian aid and supply “resources” to other countries’.

That is noble. When others do it, that’s ‘invasion’. (Donetsk region has no power, fuel, running water and dwindling food supplies. And their own capital is bombing them.)

Who are Julie Bishop and Tony Abbott trying to impress? Obama? Cameron? John Kerry? Who are they impressing in this country? I’m cringing. What about others?

Nadine Hood, Bangalow


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  1. It is said that all politics is local – and my reading is that they are trying to impress the ten marginal seats in western Sydney. The constituency is ignorant nationalists and xenophobes – especially those that support an American Empire.
    Such a constituency does however extend beyond Western Sydney – see for instance Fairfax’s resident liberal triumphalist and cheerleader for American Empire – Peter Hartcher’s article in Saturday’s Herald: http://www.smh.com.au/comment/julie-bishop-a-firm-gaze-and-straight-talk-from-an-unflappable-foreign-minister-20140815-104nca.html
    For Hartcher diplomacy towards China (or Russia) is “kowtowing” – these rouges must be “stood up to”. Yet sycophancy towards America…..well that’s another matter.
    So yes Nadine I too cringe.


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