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Time For Beazley To Take A Real Stand

January 15, 2006

by Terry Lane - The Age

The Opposition Leader, Kim Beazley, made a half-hearted attempt at repositioning the ALP on Iraq last week. While his suggestion that Australian soldiers should be withdrawn from Iraq seemed to be conditional on the Americans and British leading the way out, he did at least state the bleeding obvious.

"While our troops are there, we are acting like a magnet to all the ne'er-do-wells in the Middle East, bringing them into Iraq to join in the insurgency."

There is a disturbing implication in Beazley's argument - that the so-called insurgency is the work of non-Iraqis, as though the Iraqis themselves are happy with the occupation and all would be peace and light were it not for the foreign malcontents.

In fact, opinion polls taken in Iraq demonstrate the ambivalence of the people. On the one hand, the overwhelming majority are delighted to be rid of Saddam but, on the other, they detest the occupation and want the foreigners to leave. In such a situation, the only possible justification for foreign armies continuing the occupation is to prevent civil war. But if the Iraqis would rather take their chances, then it is time for the foreigners to leave.

It could be that Beazley has been checking the American opinion polls and has picked up a whiff of what the future might hold. The Howard doctrine is to go wherever the Americans tell us to go because that way we buy protection. But what if the Republicans are facing defeat at the next presidential election because the American people think they were deceived into supporting the invasion?

Imperial powers do not respect their stooges. They take them for granted. And the American empire is different from Rome. There is just enough room in the US democratic system to allow for a change of administration, bringing with it a change in foreign policy. No present or future US government thinks Australia is owed anything for its uncritical and voluntary participation in the Vietnam catastrophe. The next US administration could be Democrat, trying to undo the damage done by Bush. That will involve co-operation with old enemies (Vietnam again) and deriding Bush's coalition of the willing that joined so readily his shoddy military adventures.

You think it is anti-American to oppose the war, invasion and occupation of Iraq? Think again. According to a Newsweek poll in November, 65 per cent of Americans disapprove of Bush's handling of the occupation. Only 42 per cent think their president is "honest and ethical" and 68 per cent are dissatisfied with the direction in which he is taking the nation.

That's the good news for the administration. The bad news is that only 29 per cent believe Vice-President Dick Cheney to be honest and ethical.

Fifty-two per cent of Americans believe Cheney "deliberately misused or manipulated pre-war intelligence about Iraq's nuclear capabilities in order to build support for war". Why would he do that? At the time of the invasion, Cheney held 433,000 Halliburton stock options worth $US241,498 ($A322,000). Today they are worth $US8 million. Pin money for Cheney, but still worth a small war. And a war on Iran should double that.

Beazley should stop the equivocation before he is left as the next prime minister dealing with the next president who despises the bully's stooges who went all the way.

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