Robert Bond Director Citizens for Defence
CITIZENS FOR DEFENCE
Major Parties risk our sovereignty
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.
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.
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.
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.