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Lead Editorial

26 January 2022
Vol. 24 No. 4

UK Foreign Minister Liz Truss (left, with British and Australian defence and foreign ministers), in Australia this week to expand UK military power, showed Britain is up to its old tricks in stoking wars, such as when it lied about Saddam’s WMD threat in 2003. Photos: Screenshot; AFP/Bianca de Marchi

When you hear politicians warn of the imminent threats from Russia and China, take note of where they are, and where Russia and China are. UK Foreign Minister Liz Truss was in Australia last week, hyping the threats from both Russia and China. She is from a country on the other side of Europe from Russia, and she was on the other side of the world in Australia to talk about Australia hosting an expanded British military presence, potentially including nuclear submarines, in the Asia-Pacific. The ostensible threats she was hyping were from Russian troops on Russia’s border, and China’s interests in Taiwan, off China’s coast—neither on the other side of the world!

We’ve seen this before. The British hyped the threats of Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction, claiming they could be launched to strike the UK in 45 minutes. What happened? It was the British, Americans and Australians who were the threat, illegally invading and destroying a nation and killing up to a million Iraqis. The invasion proved the WMD threat was non-existent, but every honest expert had already shown there was no evidence of a threat.

Iraq is a recent reminder that there are forces in the UK and USA who want war. They deny it; they claim they want to remove the threats to peace; but by their actions they are the threat to peace. And now they are using their two-faced talk of peace and security to try to back Russia and China into bowing to their projection of power, which means more tightly encircling both nations with military bases and weapons. The Russians and Chinese won’t, however, no way, no how. And so the Anglo-American neoconservatives and socalled “liberal interventionists” who believe it is their right to impose their form of governance on all of the world—which they insultingly call “democracy” even though both the UK and USA are completely dysfunctional, collapsing oligarchies under the thumb of the City of London and Wall Street financial interests who see war as a means of maintaining control— have put the world on a collision course for war.

The acute danger right now is Ukraine. The Russians have made it crystal clear that they will not be lied to anymore, as they have been for three decades. Following the fall of the Berlin Wall, the USA guaranteed Russia that the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) would not expand eastward; now it is literally on Russia’s border in the Baltic states, and Ukraine is the next prize that the warmongers controlling NATO want to claim. This to Russia is an absolute red line, the same as JFK’s red line over Soviet missiles in Cuba in 1962, which almost triggered nuclear war.

On 15 December 2021, Russia’s deputy foreign minister handed his American counterpart Russia’s demands to guarantee its security. When US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken met Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on 20 January, Blinken agreed the USA would provide a written response to Russia’s urgent concerns, which the Americans requested remain confidential. This sounded like a positive development. Yet on 22 January, Liz Truss, fresh from her power-plays in Australia, dramatically revealed “intelligence”, with hardly any detail, that the Kremlin supposedly planned to install a puppet regime in Ukraine. This announcement has escalated tensions significantly and may have poisoned the chances for de-escalation, as it was intended! Just like in Iraq and myriad other examples, the British elite are determined to get their war. On 23 January the UK’s Ambassador to Washington, Karen Pierce, boasted in an interview: “Where the Russians are concerned, you’ll always find the UK at the forward end of the spectrum.”

We now face the imminent threat of an unthinkable nuclear war. We must do everything possible to avert it, starting with exposing and opposing the liars on our “side” who want war.

In this issue:

  • Halt the march to war
  • ASPI exposed! Shut down this think tank of lies and war
  • An obliteration of ASPI’s ‘Uyghurs For Sale’ report: take two
  • Financial complaints umpire AFCA is part of the problem
  • Case study: No right to appeal or review
  • Case study: No access to true justice
  • Financial firestorm ahead: IMF, World Bank
  • A contrast in economies: USA and China
  • MI5 apes ASIO’s ‘Chinese interference’ scare tactics
  • A message from Ukraine: Stop using weapons supplies and political blackmail to incite Ukraine to war with Russia!
  • Elbridge Colby peddles World War III
  • Push for inquiry into conflict of interest, collusion in the legal & public sector
  • In celebration of a great friend: Stuart Bruce Smith
  • Beyond the visible scope: Australia’s future in space
  • ALMANAC: Update on the Webb Telescope: ‘A gift to mankind’

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