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Again Australia goes to war. Again we travel thousands of kilometres to participate in a war that does not involve a threat to ourselves or our way of life. Indeed, participating in Middle Eastern conflicts can only increase, not decrease, our exposure to violence here at home.

So what’s a positive, peaceful alternative?

Rather than trying to ingratiate ourselves to rich and powerful friends, Australia’s future peace and security would be best served by becoming a neutral, nuclear free nation.

While maintaining our trade and diplomatic relations with other countries, we could claim the right not to participate in war. Being friends does not require us to fight – especially when neither ourselves, nor our friends are at risk.

I would prefer Australia to have the courage and maturity to pursue a more independent path. It is our right to determine our own destiny. It is our right to decide our own cultural values and laws. Such decisions do not constitute a criticism of other countries, but are simply an expression of our liberty.

Again Australia goes to war and again the opportunity to do it differently passes us by.

R J Poole, Lismore

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  1. What an idiotic idea. Become neutral and hope for the best. Typical of the half witted notions of those who would cowardly slink away from a fight and let the weak be trampled on.

    • Dear Treeman – as a former member of the Australian SAS regiment (SASR), I’ve come to realise that whatever questions and challenges we face, war is not the answer. Our commitment to wars in Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria have produced no lasting, tangible results and nor have they made our country any safer.

      Indeed, there is strong evidence that helping to kill Muslims on the other side of the globe is only increasing the tensions at home and encouraging fear and hatred amongst those who are already suffering from fear in the form of racism.

      Peace is a practice, not a concept. We cannot claim to be a peaceful nation so long as we regularly partake in offensive military actions around the world.


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