Robert Bond Director Citizens for Defence
CITIZENS FOR DEFENCE
Australia shamed in Afghan war
They fearlessly carried out their duties without the help of fighter aircraft, helicopters, tanks, heavily armoured personnel carriers, drones, anti missile weapons and most other high technology equipment demanded of a modern fighting force.
The Australian governments under John Howard, Julia Gillard, and Kevin Rudd starved our forces of the very equipment that was needed to ensure the safety of our troops in Afghanistan.
This resulted in the needless deaths of soldiers in Taliban ambushes because we had no armed reconnaissance drones surveying the ground ahead. Other soldiers died by sniper fire or improvised explosive devices simply because the government sent them to war in open Land Rovers more suited to chasing buffalo in the Northern territory than repulsing a Taliban ambush.
Other soldiers died because we had no helicopters to immediately evacuate the wounded to specialist medical care. It was common to have to wait 6 hours or more for a US or other Coalition helicopter to finish its tasks and travel long distances to make the pickup.
Deaths of fighting forces will always be inevitable in a war, but it is up to the government and the Australian people to provide our patriotic volunteer fighters with all weapons money can buy that will protect the lives of these gladiators fighting for our freedom.
The psyche of the average Australian (as reflected by the jelly-belly governments we elect) projects helplessness and pacifism beyond what is prudent for our survival given our isolated geographical position beneath billions of people to our north in the turbulent Indo-Pacific region.
These people for thousands of years have ruled with the spear, the arrow, gunpowder and now ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, and a range of other tactical missiles. Democracy was unknown and human rights were determined by who had the biggest weapon.
Afghanistan was a perfect opportunity for Australia to develop its armed forces under realistic conditions in an insurgency conflict and yet our blinkered governments tried to do as little as possible to assist our Coalition partner the US. We fool no one. It is obvious to the world what little support Australia is giving to the Coalition and how we cannot even supply the forces to tame a small backward province like Oruzgan.
The simple fact is the Australian governments have so starved the military of funds in the last decade that we have no FA 18 jet fighters capable of performing in Afghanistan. We couldn’t even supply Black Hawk helicopters for our troops because of technical deficiencies. Our attack helicopters do not exist. Our Abrams M1 tanks are not battle ready because of unsuitable communications equipment. The list is long and the Minister for Defence, Senator Johnson should have to expose it to the Australian people.
The government refuses to come clean on any of this information claiming it is classified and would be useful to the enemy. The enemy knows more about our pathetic governments performance in providing this nation with a credible defence force than we do with their spies and cyber hacking. It is the concerned citizens, commentators, and general public our government wants to hide their dismal record on defending this country from.
Our record in Afghanistan shows Australia for what it is and that is a middle power that punches way below its weight in defence matters.