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I’m referring to the recent scary stories of belligerent Chinese warplane incursions into Taiwan airspace, or at least their Air Defence Identification Zone (ADIZ) that includes a large portion of Chinese airspace. Inferring that ADIZ equates to national airspace is untrue and a classic false flag, the sort that the US military-industrial complex are past masters of. According to reports, both the Chinese aircraft and the ADIZ detection were in Chinese airspace.

The US armaments industry, one of the major shareholders of the finest democracy and mainstream media that money can buy, are drooling at the prospect of the biggest payday in human history; a nuclear war. Possibly the final page of that history, but I doubt they care; they will have more money than anyone ever before – and that seems to be the only playbook that matters to them.

Before the Iraq war, we suspected, but couldn’t absolutely prove, that there were no WMDs there – proving the non-existence of something can be quite difficult. With complete disdain for over 80 per cent of Australians who did not want a bar of that invasion, we were committed anyway, and then told ‘We have to support our troops’. Of course we do, but we also shouldn’t be placing them in harm’s way so cynically. This time we have proof of things that do exist; the arms dealers’ actions and intentions.

It’s getting very serious. China have always drawn the line at US attempts to put aside the internationally agreed One China policy and quite reasonably see the US’ current militarisation of Taiwan and the South China Sea as deliberately provocative.

It should come as no surprise that China is serious when it comes to protecting their national sovereignty.

These are not the potential easy-beats the USA have been almost constantly invading since WWII, and, despite having the most expensive military the world has ever seen, not always winning. Make no mistake, the PLA are formidable. They are very well equipped, very well trained, and see themselves as staunch defenders of their homeland. Given the USA’s track record their conventional forces wouldn’t last two minutes [in a land war with China], although the annihilation of US forces is less of a problem for the gunrunners and more of a market opportunity. Always has been, always will be, lest we forget. If they’re allowed to get away with this piracy, it will inevitably escalate to nuclear war – and nobody wins.

As the war clouds gather, maybe it’s time to give peace a chance. It makes far better economic sense for the majority of us, whilst war-mongering only benefits the few. It will take a loud world response to quell the war drums but it doesn’t have to be more sabre-rattling noise. We can have celebrations of peace, life and love, with art and music in Railway Park, Byron Bay. We can mock the war-mongers from an iconic location.

There’s more than one way to skin an inorganic artificial furry thing.

Robin Harrison, Binna Burra


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2 COMMENTS

  1. I don’t think we will see nuclear war ever mutual destruction pretty much assures it not happening, but yes the constant fear mongering the twisting of information the abc and other private media trotting out aspi mic opinions with no counter this all helps promote the sale of weapons the fear of death is powerful
    Look at the amount of money governments have paid to corporations over the fear of covid.

  2. Brilliant article. Somebody FINALLY nailing the essence of what war is about now. “Once wars were fought to protect peace, now wars are manufactured to sell arms.” And what a disgusting record the US of A has. Much of today’s unrest stems from Bush, Cheney, Howard and Blair’s illegal Iraq war.

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