The Federal Government has announced a $1.1 billion upgrade to the Northern Territory’s RAAF Base Tindal in a bid to expand Australia and the United States’ air force capabilities into the Indo-Pacific. Continue reading Expansion of Tindall air base may bring us closer to war
By Joe Montero
Not many Australians were aware that Saturday 21 September was the United Nations International Day of Peace. It had been completely blocked off the radar. This is the political climate we’re now in Continue reading International Day of Peace was observed in Melbourne
By Jim Hayes
Once again Australia’s government does what Uncle Sam tells it to do. This time, its to participate in military aggression in the Strait of Hormuz. Continue reading Australia joins in US led imperial ambitions in the Strait of Hormuz
By Joe Montero
Is Australia heading headlong into involvement in another war? This appears to be Scott Morrison’s ambition. Should Australia support or oppose this? Continue reading Australia must not be caught up in the drive to war against Iran
By Joe Montero
As the trade war being waged by the United States against China escalates, and China responds by imposing its own counter moves, the world economic system begins to tremble. Continue reading Trade war threatens an already weak global economy and Australia has a place in this too
By Joe Montero
Sunday 11 November was Armistice Day, marked the hundredth anniversary of the end of World War One, and it was observed around the world, including Australia. Continue reading Remembrance of World War One must be about ensuring we don’t go down that road again
By Jim Hayes
The world has begun to react against the carnage in Gaza. As the death toll of Palestinians mounted, killed by the guns of the Israeli military, using bullets designed to cause the maximum damage to the flesh, the call to stop echoed around the world. Continue reading Australia is being used to justify Gaza killings
At his point of time, the focus of the world is on the north Korea issue and a big problem with what is generally being presented, is in the shape of war preparation propaganda, presenting the north Korean political leadership as comic strip “bad guys” and those against them as the “good guys”. Continue reading Korea issue will not be resolved by threats of war
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North Korea’s missile tests continue to grab attention, mainly because of American objection and the resulting regional and world tension.
Governments of the United states, European Union and countries like Australia, repeatedly point the finger at the North Koreans and suggest that its leader is a megalomaniac, out to destroy the world.
The advantage of such a simplistic and wrong take on events, is that it needs no explanation or concern for any real reasons that might be motivating the north to carry on with a nuclear program and missile development and why there is such obvious and massive support for the leadership coming from the population.
History has a lot to do with it.
The Koreans, and this means north and south of the present border, had fought a bitter battle against an extremely brutal Japanese occupation. Those of us in more comfortable parts of the world can hardly imagine what they must have gone through.
After the defeat of Japan, the question of Korean independence loomed large.
Back in 1866, France had taken Korea a colony by force. The period of French control was troubled and met with constant rebellions. Korea was then annexed by Japan in 1910, bringing in a period, characterised by a new level of brutality.
In 1946, After World War Two, a provisional government was set up. A new election was to be held. But within months the acting prime minister was assassinated and the United States set up a military government, below the 38th parallel that still divides the two parts of Korea.
The dividing line had been created to facilitate Japanese withdrawal and not to create two separate countries. The Soviets were stationed in the north and the Americans in the south. According to the existing agreement, both were to withdraw within 5 years and the Koreans elect their own government as an independent nation. However, the military government openly violated the agreement and put and end to the future plan. A permanent separation between the two parts of Korea was the result.
Before the War, the United States had supported the Japanese occupation and had consistently been against Korean independence. Therefore, the intervention after the war was widely seen as a new colonisation and resisted.
For the West, this had become a proxy war between the United States and the Soviet Union, on the eve of the emergence of the Cold War. The wishes of the local population were secondary.
The ensuing Korean War was devastating. The American led alliance targeted civilian centres and bombing raids blew up dams, economic and other infrastructure in the north.
More bombs were dropped on Korea during this time than for the whole of World War Two. This has not been forgotten in north Korea and the memory is being kept alive by the ongoing military standoff.
Fear of a new invasion is real. North Korea feels under threat and that what happened to them in 1945 could happen again and many Koreans are angry, with the perception that their country remains under occupation and divided.
If tensions are going to be diffused, the whole of Korea needs to be demilitarized and the threat of war pushed back. But this will not occur unless there is an agreement for both sides to disarm together and guarantee that the final choice for the future of Koreas must be in the hands of the Koreans.
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The Independent and Peaceful Australia Network (IPAN) is campaigning to keep Australia out of wars being waged by the United States of America and says that the military alliance must be put to an end. Continue reading Community alliance statement to keep Australia out of US wars