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A Changing Region: Is Australia Prepared?


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By James O’Neill*

During the recent election campaign foreign policy received almost no attention, either from the two major political parties, or from the mainstream media ostensibly there to inform us of important events that might impinge on our national interests.

This is partly because there is a remarkable degree of consensus between Labor and the Coalition, with the only significant dissenting voice coming from Richard di Natale of the Greens.  His call for a rethink of our foreign and defence policies was largely ignored.  The Murdoch press dismissed his arguments as unrealistic without ever conceding that di Natale was raising issues that deserved serious debate.

The Labor-Coalition consensus rests upon several common points, foremost among them being that the US alliance is the cornerstone of Australia’s security.  This has been long sustained, notwithstanding the lack of any actual evidence upon which it could be based.

The US has embroiled Australia in a series of wars, including Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria where it is impossible to point to any actual vital Australian interest being at stake.  It is similarly impossible to point to Australia as being in a more parlous position if instead of joining these (largely illegal) wars of aggression we had simply declined.

The largely unspoken but tacitly accepted premise seems to have been that these involvements were a form of insurance premium payments so that if a real emergency did arise affecting Australia’s national security interests, or “great and powerful friend” would come to our assistance.

These tenets of what can only be described as blind faith have had two consequences of particular importance.

The first is that our foreign policy stances have blinded us to an emerging reality about the United States.  It is that the US’s dominant role as the world’s sole military hegemon over the past forty years has been rapidly dissipating.

No less an authority than Zbigniew Brzezinski National Security Adviser to President Jimmy Carter 1976-1981 and the instigator of a vast array of hegemonic and imperialistic ventures, most with disastrous consequences, has been having second thoughts.

In a little noted but important article in The American Interest (1) Brzezinski acknowledges the limits of America’s ability to project power without constraint.  The resolution of a wide theatre of world problems is going to require cooperation with other power centres that he identifies as Europe, Russia and China.

He further acknowledges that violent upheaval is in most cases a direct consequence of earlier western colonial interventions that led to the devastation of native populations, civil disorder, the imposition of artificial national boundaries, and considerable resentment directed against foreign invaders and occupiers.

That he seriously understates the devastation is undeniable.  That he fails to acknowledge the direct role of the United States in the violence inflicted on a large number of countries, as William Blum (2) has documented, is also undeniable.

Coups, color revolutions, assassinations and other forms of regime change has long been a favoured instrument of foreign policy.

Brzezinski’s suggested solution is a greater measure of cooperation between the US and Europe on the one hand, and the emerging counter poles to US hegemony, Russia and China, on the other hand.

Brzezinski’s warning about the limits of US power is a timely one, and needs to be contrasted for example, with the speeches of US Presidential candidate Hilary Clinton, whose mindset is firmly in the 20th century with her constant references to US exceptionalism and indispensible nature.

It is clearly a mindset that resonates with Australia’s political leaders as they seem singularly incapable of grasping the nature of the changes our region is experiencing.

One could interpret Brzezinski’s article as a warning to the neocon power centres that dominate US strategic thinking that their crude ambitions for full spectrum dominance are simply not possible.

Brzezinski understates the limits to the US’s ability to project power abroad, but he also fails to acknowledge at least three fundamental reasons why those constraints exist.

The first is that the US is damaged internally, perhaps beyond repair, at least in the medium term.  That damage, as Dimity Orlov points out in another very important article (3) is largely self-inflicted.  He cites endless useless wars, the limitless corruption of money politics, toxic culture and gender wars, imperial hubris and wilful ignorance as the underlying causes.  None of these are immediately remediable.

Orlov further notes political dysfunction, runaway debt ($20 trillion and counting) decaying infrastructure and spreading civil unrest as undermining the US’s capacity to sustain the policies of the past several decades.

A second factor is that Russian and Chinese military technology is demonstrably superior to that of the US.  This will come as a shock to most Australians who live in a bubble as far as knowledge of non-American military technology is concerned.

Russian and Chinese superiority extends both to defensive systems (the S500 which is Russian) and offensive systems.  Here the Kalibr and Sarmat (both Russian) missile systems, and the hypersonic ICBM and cruise missiles of the Dong Feng systems (Chinese) are superior to anything that the west has.

A third factor is that both Russia and China are pursuing fundamentally different foreign policy priorities to those of the West.  Australians are blinded by insistent propaganda about Russian “aggression” and Chinese expansionism in the South China Sea and elsewhere to the degree that they are incapable of appreciating the world as it really is.

Paul Dibb’s recent paper for the Strategic Policy Institute (4) is a classic illustration of the former, and the Briefing Book prepared by the Parliamentary Library for incoming members of the House of Representatives and the Senate is an example of the latter. (5)

That such ignorant analysis should form the basis of our foreign policy is alarming.

The reality is very different.  The One Belt, One Road initiatives alone are going to transform our world in ways unimaginable to most Australians, fed as they are on a constant diet of misinformation.

The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, the significance of a gold backed Yuan supplanting the dollar in international trade, Russian-Japanese rapprochement, ASEAN deciding to avoid US inspired confrontation with China over the South China Sea and much else, are developments denied to Australian consciousness.

In his earlier book, The Grand Chessboard, (6) Brzezinski noted the centrality of Eurasia to the future.  In this he echoed Halford Mackinder’s seminal speech to the Royal Society of England in 1904.  Then, for Brzezinski, the imperative was for the US to “prevent collusion and maintain dependence among the vassals.”

Brzezinski has moved on, recognizing a changing world.  Australia however seems intent on remaining one of the “vassals.”  That is not a sustainable foreign policy, and certainly not one in Australia’s interests.  It is a progression of thinking that our political leaders seem incapable of grasping.

*Barrister at Law. He may be contacted at joneill@qldbar.asn.au



  1. Brzezinski Toward A Global Realignment The American Interest vol 11 Number 6 17 April 2016.
  2. Blum Killing Hope Common Courage Press 2004
  3. Orlov A Thousand Balls of Flame cluborlov.com.au 23 August 2016
  4. Dibbs Why Russia is a Threat to the International Order ASPI 29 June 2016.
  5. Parliamentary Library Briefing Book 30 August 2016
  6. Brzezinski The Grand Chessboard Basic Books 1998
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  1. Brilliant article and analysis James.

    I am constantly hopeful that the Australian populace will “wake up” en masse, somehow, but I feel it will not be until something catastrophic befalls them,(such as a banking collapse and empty ATM and collapsed super funds- hip pocket stuff).
    Then I suspect they will panic.

    Alas, we press on taking small steps to do what we can.

    • They will bring it on anyday now.
      PROBLEM created, REACTION guaranteed and RESOLUTION imposed!
      Our pollies are either dupes or traitors.

        • One or two dupes led by a cabal of traitors?
          Look up the Oz ten minute video on ‘The Lima Declaration 1975’ signed by a Willisee committing the destruction of our industries and our workers to UN glonbalist corporate servitude.
          When will decent Aussies wake up?
          Sorry, have I disturbed some from Murdock’s distractions of a football game and pages of inane reports of overpaid footballers behaving like spoilt 5 year old brats, occupying about 20 pages of his Sydney daily telecrap?

          • And then Mary Maxwell rears her ugly head as usual and reminds all that these are not countries — The “Brits” did not orgaize WWI. Two British men did but they did not do so for their country.

            Lord Esher and Earl Gray. The book by the 2 Scots dated 2014 “Hidden History” has nailed these evil geniuses.

            To say they are countries only triggers our instinct for loving or hating a tribe. Its not tribes that are harming us. Better to see them as a transnational club. We need to modify our deep psychology to know that anyone can be the enemy.

            See my Prosecution for Treason (2011). To arrest our traitors would be akin to Mrs Mandela’s encouraging necklacing among South African blacks in the 1980s. Unpleasant but necessary.

  2. More of this please!

    Although I would probably change the last sentence to “Our political leaders are well aware of where the policy is heading but as long as it accommodates short-term corporate & personal gain it will continue”

    I would also like to see an analysis of the MSM creation known as ANZAC day.

  3. In principle I have no problem with Australia remaining an ally of the US/UK – an alliance of western established countries coming together to protect western values.
    The problem is when US foreign policy is heavily influenced by war-mongering NeoCons and psychopaths like Blair.
    If Hillary is elected we will be dragged into more wars to execute the finals stages of the Wolfowitz doctrine and establish a world government as Hillary is a NeoCon in Democrat clothing and a UN puppet to boot.
    I would have no problem in Australia remaining an ally of the US with Trump in office as he has made clear that he is a nationalist not a globalist (if the hatred and bias of the MSM is any indication).

    • Constitutionally speaking — and why not speak constitutionally —
      it won’t be Pres Hilary making war. It i always Congress. Even when its 535 members say they have been left out of the process it is still they who are making war as they could stop it.

      Impeaching a president takes only 24 hours and she/he has no comeback, no appeal. It’s jut sleeping under a bridge for Hilary from that point on.

      Actually she needs to be in the watchhouse due to having sponsored imporation of drugs, bigtime, to Mena Airport when hubby chubby was gov of Arkansas.
      They say he be the son of former Arkansas gov Winthrop Rockefeller.
      I think Obongo is also a Rockie, via the Payne line of Ohio.

      Wah! i am not a Rockefeller. Wah!
      Does this mean I will have to pay my parking fees?

    • Richard, I DO, have a MAJOR problem with the U.S. and the Brits, We’ve been there before and how did that turn out that time ????????? How did Australia benefit in that situation, and our sacrifice of our best ?????????? Think of Singapore/Malaya and the abandonment and the hell our troops were exposed to as a direct result. Notice I have not mentioned at all, the despicable betrayal of WW 1 and our finest that gave their lives for what exactly ??? Before you answer this one, please do your research on the issue.
      B.T.W. explain to us all please, clearly and concisely what “western values” means exactly please. It really does need to be spelled out clearly.
      Regards your thoughts on Dillary, I concur with them 100%.
      I also agree with your thoughts on the Trump. However, I believe the decision has already been made as to who will occupy the Whitehouse next, and it wont be Trump, IMHO.
      Australia also needs to stand aside from our slavish sycophant behavior to do whatever the Yanks demand of us. We need to have our OWN foreign policy which puts Australia and Australians FIRST and FOREMOST above all others.

  4. Another brilliant article. I am of the baby boomer period, to which has been spoon fed the crap that the U.S. is the most powerful and intelligent country in the world. What most people don’t realise is that although the U.S. has started many wars it has only ever the won one war. That is the War of Independence, against Briton.

    Don’t ever say that the U.S. won World War II. The Soviets under Stalin won that conflict. America definitely did not save Australia from a Japanese invasion. That was done by Mother Nature in the form of a furious cyclone off the Western
    Australian coast.

    Just before that cyclone hit the Japanese Fleet and dispersed it, and it was thought that a landing was imminent the first ships to flee Fremantle Harbour were U.S. Naval ships heading in an easterly direction. This information was gleaned from port authority log books of the time.

    A very interesting book to read as regards that incident and the sinking of the HMAS Sydney, is “The Truth is so Precious” by Malcolm Barker.

    • Excellent article, very valid in today’s World. However I would disagree with the comment that most Australians are ignorant of what’s going down right in front of their eyes. There are quiet few Australians that can, see the wood for the trees, sadly though, that’s not enough. We need many more.
      The claims that the Japanese were going to invade Australia, is pure unadulterated poppycock. Australians were panicking, and the Government was taking advantage of that panic to suit their agenda. People need to stop and use their brains for just a moment, whenever someone comes up with such preposterous ideas. It took the American SIX MONTHS to gather and locate the material for the ILLEGAL invasion of Iraq, and invasion that was over in a matter of days. A country that would fit into Australia a dozen or so times. And any occupation would also need to be sustained with similar material and shipping lanes to transport said material.
      I need someone to give us the details, where the Japanese had all the above lined up for this imaginary invasion, because from my research, I am unable to find anything to support such a claim. Any takers out there ?
      Whilst we’re on this subject, I notice these days, Australians are once again exhibiting a love of the “old country ” and bending over backwards to re-establish trade and economical ties.
      It may therefore be appropriate to bring to the attention of Australians, that this same “old country” ABANDONED Australia to either sink or swim, after hundreds and thousands of good health Australians gave their lives to fight for that same country.
      The Brits did not lift a finger when Australia was threatened, they also abandoned us with trade, preferring the European union instead.
      All Australians need to aware of the fickleness of the Brits in this regard.
      The erroneous belief, that the Yanks will come charging to our aid is also a disasterous belief IMHO.
      Australians need to grow up and stand on our own two feet.
      For crying out loud, Nordic countries that do not have the resources that Australia has, can build and manufacture their own defensive materials, even build their own aircraft and vehicles, and/or marine craft and dare I say it, submarines as well. So why cant Australia, with our resources, do the same ???

  5. Australia unable to be nor become a sovereign country as unable to free it self from overseas interests significant but largely ignored 4 Corners on China’s ability to penetrate into Australia’s satellite system, deeply entrenched within this culture is a inferiority intellectually retarded condition, and having the inherited a defensive psyche of a doomed society having no visionaries of stature.

  6. Ahh the Technocratic Era which has the goal:
    To establish the ability to control of each and every person through means of mind control and what Zbignew Brzezinski called techonotronics, which would create human-like robots and a system of terror which would make Felix Dzerzinhski’s Red Terror look like children at play.

    • This is one of the twenty one goals set out by the Illuminati and The Committee of 300 as written and discussed by By Dr. John Coleman.(Written ca. 1993) from Conspirators’ Hierarchy – The Story of The Committee of 300.

      The 21 goals are set are:

      1. To establish a One World Government/New World Order with a unified church and monetary system under their direction. The One World Government began to set up its church in the 1920:s and 30:s, for they realized the need for a religious belief inherent in mankind must have an outlet and, therefore, set up a “church” body to channel that belief in the direction they desired.

      2. To bring about the utter destruction of all national identity and national pride, which was a primary consideration if the concept of a One World Government was to work.

      3. To engineer and bring about the destruction of religion, and more especially, the Christian Religion, with the one exception, their own creation, as mentioned above.

      4. To establish the ability to control of each and every person through means of mind control and what Zbignew Brzezinski called techonotronics, which would create human-like robots and a system of terror which would make Felix Dzerzinhski’s Red Terror look like children at play.

      5. To bring about the end to all industrialization and to end the production of nuclear generated electric power in what they call “the post-industrial zero-growth society”. Excepted are the computer- and service industries. US industries that remain will be exported to countries such as Mexico where abundant slave labor is available. As we saw in 1993, this has become a fact through the passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement, known as NAFTA. Unemployables in the US, in the wake of industrial destruction, will either become opium-heroin and/or cocaine addicts, or become statistics in the elimination of the “excess population” process we know of today as Global 2000.

      6. To encourage, and eventually legalize the use of drugs and make pornography an “art-form”, which will be widely accepted and, eventually, become quite commonplace.

      7. To bring about depopulation of large cities according to the trial run carried out by the Pol Pot regime in Cambodia. It is interesting to note that Pol Pot’s genocidal plans were drawn up in the US by one of the Club of Rome’s research foundations, and overseen by Thomas Enders, a high-ranking State Department official. It is also interesting that the committee is currently seeking to reinstate the Pol Pot butchers in Cambodia.

      8. To suppress all scientific development except for those deemed beneficial by the Illuminati. Especially targeted is nuclear energy for peaceful purposes. Particularly hated are the fusion experiments currently being scorned and ridiculed by the Illuminati and its jackals of the press. Development of the fusion torch would blow the Illuminati’s conception of “limited natural resources” right out of the window. A fusion torch, properly used, could create unlimited and as yet untapped natural resources, even from the most ordinary substances. Fusion torch uses are legion, and would benefit mankind in a manner which, as yet, is not even remotely comprehended by the public.

      9. To cause. by means of A) limited wars in the advanced countries, B) by means of starvation and diseases in the Third World countries, the death of three billion people by the year 2050, people they call “useless eaters”. The Committee of 300 (Illuminati) commissioned Cyrus Vance to write a paper on this subject of how to bring about such genocide. The paper was produced under the title “Global 2000 Report” and was accepted and approved for action by former President James Earl Carter, and Edwin Muskie, then Secretary of States, for and on behalf of the US Government. Under the terms of the Global 2000 Report, the population of the US is to be reduced by 100 million by the year of 2050.

      10. To weaken the moral fiber of the nation and to demoralize workers in the labor class by creating mass unemployment. As jobs dwindle due to the post industrial zero growth policies introduced by the Club of Rome, the report envisages demoralized and discouraged workers resorting to alcohol and drugs. The youth of the land will be encouraged by means of rock music and drugs to rebel against the status quo, thus undermining and eventually destroying the family unit. In this regard, the Committee commissioned Tavistock Institute to prepare a blueprint as to how this could be achieved. Tavistock directed Stanford Research to undertake the work under the direction of Professor Willis Harmon. This work later became known as the “Aquarian Conspiracy”.

      11. To keep people everywhere from deciding their own destinies by means of one created crisis after another and then “managing” such crises. This will confuse and demoralize the population to the extent where faced with too many choices, apathy on a massive scale will result. In the case of the US, an agency for Crisis Management is already in place. It is called the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), whose existence I first enclosed in 1980.

      12. To introduce new cults and continue to boost those already functioning which include rock music gangsters such as the Rolling Stones (a gangster group much favored by European Black Nobility), and all of the Tavistock-created rock groups which began with the Beatles.

      13. To continue to build up the cult of Christian Fundamentalism begun by the British East India Company’s servant Darby, which will be misused to strengthen the Zionist State of Israel by identifying with the Jews through the myth of “God’s chosen people”, and by donating very substantial amounts of money to what they mistakenly believe is a religious cause in the furtherance of Christianity.

      14. To press for the spread of religious cults such as the Moslem Brotherhood, Moslem Fundamentalism, the Sikhs, and to carry out mind control experiments of the Jim Jones and “Son of Sam” type. It is worth noting that the late Khomeini was a creation of British Military Intelligence Div. 6, MI6. This detailed work spelled out the step-by-step process which the US Government implemented to put Khomeini in power.

      15. To export “religious liberation” ideas around the world so as to undermine all existing religions, but more especially the Christian religion. This began with the “Jesuit Liberation Theology”, that brought an end to the Somoza Family rule in Nicaragua, and which today is destroying El Salvador, now 25 years into a “civil war”. Costa Rica and Honduras are also embroiled in revolutionary activities, instigated by the Jesuits. One very active entity engaged in the so-called liberation theology, is the Communist-oriented Mary Knoll Mission. This accounts for the extensive media attention to the murder of four of Mary Knoll’s so-called nuns in El Salvador a few years ago. The four nuns were Communist subversive agents and their activities were widely documented by the Government of El Salvador. The US press and the new media refused to give any space or coverage to the mass of documentation possessed by the Salvadorian Government, which proved what the Mary Knoll Mission nuns were doing in the country. Mary Knoll is in service in many countries, and placed a leading role in bringing Communism to Rhodesia, Moçambique, Angola and South Africa.

      16. To cause a total collapse of the world’s economies and engender total political chaos.

      17. To take control of all foreign and domestic policies of the US.

      18. To give the fullest support to supranational institutions such as the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Bank of International Settlements, the World Court and, as far as possible, make local institutions less effective, by gradually phasing them out or bringing them under the mantle of the UN.

      19. To penetrate and subvert all governments, and work from within them to destroy the sovereign integrity of the nations represented by them.

      20. To organize a world-wide terrorist apparatus [Al-queda, ISIS, ISIL, etc.] and to negotiate with terrorists whenever terrorist activities take place. It will be recalled that it was Bettino Craxi, who persuaded the Italian and US Governments to negotiate with the Red Brigades kidnapers of Prime Minister Moro and General Dozier. As an aside, Dozier was placed under strict orders not to talk what happened to him. Should he ever break that silence, he will no doubt be made “a horrible example of”, in the manner in which Henry Kissinger dealt with Aldo Moro, Ali Bhutto and General Zia ul Haq.

      21. To take control of education in America with the intent and purpose of utterly and completely destroying it. By 1993, the full force effect of this policy is becoming apparent, and will be even more destructive as primary and secondary schools begin to teach “Outcome Based Education” (OBE).

        • The basic agenda was confirmed by Dr. Day in an address to paeditrician colleagues on 20th March 1969.
          Recollections of the address were taped by Dr. Dunegan in the period 1988-91.
          A summary of Dr. DUNEGAN’S recollections may be found here at gumshoe in the publication ‘Truth in Journalism’ and at rense.com by searching ‘NWO exposed by insider’.
          Our bastard mass media and politicians have betrayed Australia.
          Hinch, Hanson, get off your donkeys and earn your salaries.

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