Major Parties risk our sovereignty

Robert Bond   Director   Citizens for Defence

 www.citizensfordefence.org

CITIZENS FOR DEFENCE

Major Parties risk our sovereignty

 

bobPeter Layton in an ASPI blog has ably commented on defence and money and advocates doing less with less.

But the downside of this approach is a multi-fold increase in the security risk to this nation and its many concerned citizens.

Just how much risk does the average citizen want to carry in order to save a few dollars in the short term? Does he/she want to risk his/her very survival in order to save a few pieces of silver, especially when Australia is one of the richest nations on earth on a per capita basis?

Australia’s biggest defence problem today is that the US saved this nation a drubbing by the Japanese imperial forces by defeating the Japanese armada in the Coral Sea. The bombing of Darwin and Townsville as well as some submarine activity around Sydney harbour were the only military action seen on our motherland.

Nth Korean soldiers

Nth Korean soldiers

If the US aircraft carriers had been damaged and destroyed by the Japanese in the attack on Pearl Harbour as was the Japanese plan, Australia would almost certainly have been invaded with Sydney surrounded and under heavy bombardment before the US could hastily make temporary carriers out of merchant ships and limped back into the fight.

This 12 month delay by the US would have educated this nation to the realities of war against an Asian nation and would have completely changed the Australian psyche towards the need for an Israeli like defence force to guard our borders.

Ever since WW2 the US has been held out as our saviour and Australians have been only too happy to accommodate this myth by refusing to fund our defence force even to the tune of 4-5% OF GDP which is what our US ally has done for 70 years.

Australia has always to work under the assumption that probably one of our worst case scenarios short of all out nuclear war is if the US is engaged with its allies in a multi front conflict where the US has its frontline defences fully engaged and its reserve forces likewise engaged defending against conflicts of opportunity that are sure to arise in such a situation.

Nth Korean leader

Nth Korean leader

A prime event with a fifty, fifty chance in the next few decades must be North Korea bombing South Korea with the Chinese backing the North as well as taking over Taiwan. Other world nations with axes to grind would take advantage of this challenge to world order and initiate further regional conflicts.

Where does Australia stand without a functioning defence force? Our few warriors and third rate equipment would be expected to help the Coalition forces. `Without a defence force we could be invaded or stood over by any middling armed force on earth. We could spend all the money in the world on arms but in the 10-15 year time frame needed to have these weapons built and commissioned we could have been invaded ten times over.

Nth Korean missiles

Nth Korean missiles

Our massive mineral, oil and land assets shared by a small population must be a tempting prize to any middle power with an inkling of adventurism. We are inviting them in as surely as we invite the illegal immigrants into this nation with their leaky boats.

We have to man up and take possession of our northern waters, sea lanes and land mass now. Concerned citizens want to have a modern functioning defence force that can at least hold off any attacker in the event the US is otherwise occupied until help can arrive.

Defence analysts rarely quantify the risk this nation runs in being without credible defence. This is one reason why the average citizen has no idea of the potential dangers our politicians are placing on the security of this nation by refusing to fund to the US standard a high technology defence force capable of standing alone on Australia’s northern shores or as a coalition fighting for Australia’s interests.

Major Parties diplomacy meaningless without a modern defence force

Robert Bond   Director   Citizens for Defence

 www.citizensfordefence.org

CITIZENS FOR DEFENCE

Indonesian Islamists

Indonesian Islamists mocking the West

Major Parties diplomacy meaningless without a modern defence force

Bobby Bond Sharpened Kornelius Purba, editor of the Jakarta Post, states there are a thousand reasons Indonesians should hate Australia and this should be noted by the legion of Australian pacifists and do-gooders who want us to believe Indonesia is a purring kitten needing a friendly cuddle.

Australia gave Indonesia a billion dollars in the recent tsunami and where was the bulk of it spent? Have we to give them another billion dollars for them to continue to like us?

Australia cannot buy love from a neighbour. Indonesia has the most Muslims per head of population in the world and there is a violent Islamist element in Indonesian society that wants to kill innocent Australians and dominate the nation.

Let’s be realistic about our relationship with Indonesia and put any spare money we have to give away into developing our defensive posture in northern Australia.

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd claims the simple act of turning boats around that contain illegal immigrants could cause military conflict with Indonesia is a prime example of the double standard given to the Indonesian relationship. If the Indonesians are prepared to take military action over such a non military issue it follows they would certainly use military force in many other areas (Papua) should the circumstances not suit them.

Indonesia has had several coup d’état in the past where dictators have reigned with great loss of life. Yet our Ivory Tower Academics have stared into the future and infallibly advised our government that an Islamist takeover will not happen and we need no defence preparedness.

The truth is the Islamists have already claimed northern Australia as part of a future Islamic kingdom and in the event of any Coup they could have a million militia with machetes and wearing sandals roaming the north and there would not be a single thing we could do to prevent them.

F35 stealth fighter

          F35 stealth fighter

The north is a comfortable overnight rubber duckie ride from Indonesia and given the lack of security, small population and remote locations it is possible for thousands of militants to land undetected.

Australia should do everything possible to have good relations with Indonesia short of trying to buy Indonesian friendliness. Certainly, the stupidity of Australian politicians was on display when they banned live cattle exports to Indonesia for 5 weeks without any consultation with Indonesia after one controversial TV programme on the ABC.

This kind of stupidity makes the world wonder just what is in the minds of our politicians when they can say on the bible they want friendly relations with Indonesia and then carry out such provocative actions against a trading partner.

We live in the most isolated region on the planet bordering the Great Southern Ocean and have billions of Asians to our north with limited food, water and resources fully aware that Australia has limitless resources and a very scant population to fill a vast continent.

It is extremely dangerous to think that Australia can survive in this environment for any length of time without the most high technology weapons and trained personnel constantly honed to operational excellence with the capacity to defend this nation against the unexpected and the unknown.

scherger

 RAAF Scherger

Shouldn’t the northern bare bases at RAAF Scherger, Curtin, and Learmonth be developed into hardened forward defence airfield with underground fuel and weapons storage, top end radar and missile fortifications as well as a few stealth fighters ready to go on each base?

Our defence forces need to be set up so we can project air power 2000 kilometres out to sea from our northern coastal bases in a matter of days. We should have large comprehensive exercises twice a year carrying this out and improving our performance with new equipment and tactics.

Diplomacy starts with a credible modern defence force.