Missiles, Monash and War No More!

Phillip Frazer


A week after the alleged chemical attack in Douma on April 7, the British journalist Robert Fisk walked the streets of this Syrian town in which fundamentalist Jihadists had recently been overpowered by government forces.

Fisk interviewed a doctor named Assim Rahaibani, who had been in the underground clinic when the ‘gassing’ victims were treated.

Rahaibani told Fisk that those videos of children being hosed down and given oxygen were real but that people were gasping for air because they live in dirt tunnels under buildings pulverised by bombs, and the air was more deadly that day because of ‘wind and heavy shelling that stirred up a dust storm’.

Whether it was gas or the toxic dusts of war, this was an event, among probably a million events since this war began, that killed people, most of them not guilty of anything but trying to survive. And this event was used to ignite a burst of outrage among people watching their screens in the US, UK, France, Australia and other countries whose leaders claim that Syria’s government led by Bashar al Assad is exceptionally evil in the way it fights war.

And so Trump, May and Macron launched missiles to blow up buildings they say house chemical weapons. It seems they tipped off the Russians to lower the chances of triggering retaliatory missiles.

Inflaming outrage among citizens of nations closest to the USA, and scaring the governments of nations who aren’t, sent the price of stocks in US weapon-makers Raytheon, Northrup Grumman, and Boeing, into the smoke-filled stratosphere.

Ratheon charges US taxpayers $1.8 million for each Tomahawk missile, the newest of which are extremely accurate and can be fired from beyond the range of most countries’ air defence systems.

Just ten years ago missile strikes like this risked war planes being shot down and pilots captured, leading to huge diplomatic and intelligence ‘issues’. The new technology means the only heat they feel is hot air from those of us who are crazy enough to demand an end to war-fighting.


Anzac Day commemorates the Aussie and Kiwi troops who were obliged to fight for the British Empire against the German one, from 1914 till 1918. This war over who-could-win-a-war left 17 million people killed in battle zones, including at least 60,000 Australians, and as many again who died of war wounds after the armistice.

Anzac forces – 30,000 of them – were stuck on a beach cliff at Gallipoli, Turkey, for eight months, under fire, in a botched attack planned by British navy commander Winston Churchill, who thought he had friends in Turkey who might support Britain. In fact, they had already signed a secret deal with Germany, and half the Anzacs lost their lives – for what?

The core battles of World War I came after Gallipoli, when literally millions of young men from opposing countries were stuck in trenches in fields of France and were expected to leap out and run at each other shooting rifles until everyone in that charge was dead. Then do it again. 

A breakthrough came when a major-general in the British forces, who was an engineer, proved that distracting the other team by attacking their trenches with planes and tanks before going man-to-man was far more effective, and saved lives by the shipload.

This officer was unusual not just for thinking outside the box but also for being a colonial – Australian – and Jewish. Top British toffs were obliged to overlook these negatives and get their King George (Kaiser Wilhelm’s first cousin – yep, aristocracy is insane) to knight the engineer right on the battlefield in France, making him Sir John Monash.

After the war, despite being dissed by our official war historian as ‘a pushy Jew’ and by Rupert Murdoch’s father Keith because he couldn’t manipulate him, Monash created the Victorian State Electricity Commission, a successfully grand enterprise until it was privatised by the coffee-addled Liberal premier Jeff Kennett.


Monash also organised the building of the iconic Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne. It is at the heart of Anzac Day solemnity, which celebrates appalling carnage set up by British supremacists.

We Australians have added our own injury to that British insult by promoting an idea that the nightmare of Gallipoli, above all else, made our nation. This may be because we have not looked hard enough to find what has made our nation, or because we don’t believe we’ve really made it yet.

All of which suggests we could help make our nation better if we got over this worship of a travesty by using a day or a year to re-evaluate who screwed whom across the 230 years since the first British mob came here – and who stood up for a fair go for everyone, including the mob who were here for 60,000 years before the new mob came.

Everyone who went to war should be acknowledged, and so should people who had the courage to not go on principle, and those who fought from the 1950s through to today against the many American wars on poor nations seeking independence from, well, rich Americans.

n Phillip Frazer pisses into the wind on

7 responses to “Missiles, Monash and War No More!”

  1. Majella Miller says:

    Those who chose not to go to war have shown themselves to be happy to live in freedom yet not prepared to fight to retain this freedom, to me this is equal to treason against this great country and all of its people.

    I hate war of any kind, yet those who wage war should not be allowed to do so without lifting a finger.

    Had this been the case in WWII, Australia would have been divided between Hirohito and Hitler. An excerpt from the internet regarding Japan and WWII

    Japan’s Involvement in World War II. In September 1940, Japan signed the Tripartite Pact with Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy, in which they agreed to assist one another should any of them be attacked by a country not already involved in the war…..The United States declared War one day later.

    What would have happened to those with dark skin, brown hair and eyes, Jews and any other race hated by Hitler – they would have been exterminated. Hitler wanted his Aryan race, blonde, fair skin, blue eyes.

    Those who chose not to go to war can thank and should thank those who did for their freedom today. Should these people be honoured NEVER.

  2. Rami says:

    Well said.. its about time someone told the real truth about all the sophistic nonsense that’s passes as patriotism. ..

  3. Rami says:

    My comment of.. well said.. is addressed to Philip Frazer.. not to the comment above my previous comment… just to be clear who it was addresses to..

  4. Mark says:

    It is always refreshing to hear the truth, no matter how abysmal it may be. What did the war in Vietnam have to do with Australians freedom? What are the wars in the middle east doing to save our freedom? Maybe freedom means the freedom to buy large smart TVs, SUVs, jet skis, or over inflated real estate. Then being so busy paying for these things we don’t have time to think about people dying every day in the mayhem of a made up war. Freedom today must be the freedom, like our good friends the USof A, to live a life in a war based economy.

  5. Marion says:

    My relative refused to participate in WW1 for the simple reason it was not Australia’s war. True. The first part of WW11 was not our war either. The second part was when Japan threatened Australia and we needed all our troops to defend us. Curtain brought them back where they were needed. Australia had never invaded another country until Bush, Blair & Howard sent us to Arak on false pretentions. Look where that took us. Our leaders need to think deeply about Australia’s issues before they kneejerk into other nations’ stupid ideas.

    • Rami says:

      Well said Marion if only more people would wake, up all this ruthless stupidity could end and save our sons/daughters, brothers/ sisters, fathers/mothers & the millions of others so much pain & grief & despair. People never fully recover after being torn apart on so many levels once experiencing war. And who do we go to war for? American corporations! Not to keep us safe as the b.s. spin doctors tell us. ..

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