Biggest Military Boost before WWIII
Embarking on its biggest military spending spree since WWII, Australia is undergoing a significant shift in approach to international relations. It is a telling sign that the global economic crisis is about much more than money.
An article on news.com.au entitled “Biggest Military Boost since WWII” reports Kevin Rudd’s announcement of massive military spending on the Australian Defense Force, which is to be insulated from any other budget cuts that may occur as a result of the global financial crisis:
“Nevertheless the Government will not resile even in the difficult times from the requirement for long-term coherence of our defence planning for the long-term security of our nation. This is core business for government.
“That is why we have forged ahead in our preparation of the defence white paper because national security needs do not disappear because of the global recession. If anything, those needs become more acute.”
There are several important things to make note of in light of this major development in international affairs.
Firstly, this is a militaristic and highly provocative move by Australia which will be interpreted exactly as it is by its neighbors. And coming from a supposedly left-leaning government, proves that there is absolutely no meaning in what political wrapper might exist over a ruling party, in this case Labor. Very little changes from government to government, even in domestic matters. Political party faithful of course don’t believe this (it’s not in their interests), but it’s nonetheless true.
Secondly, it confirms our suspicions that the economic crisis is indeed a prelude to something much more real and physical. The impending collapse of the US currency will leave many angry customers (nations) left with what has been termed ‘toilet paper’ which they obtained in exchange for real, valuable and tangible goods. There will be a settling of scores. The question begs, however, whether Australia’s surge to build its defenses will be too little, too late. It certainly appears that in the coming years America’s dominance as a military power will be coming under question, particularly with the rise of China’s military capability.
Thirdly, it represents an alternative path to ‘stimulate’ Australia’s economy. What better way to use the masses of young, healthy, unemployed males than to shove them in the armed forces, where they can be kept off the streets, and put to work.
Fourthly, it’s a development that may go some way to confirming a couple of old “conspiracy theories” which predict that global war might well reoccur, and not by mistake. On planned population reduction, for example:
Either they [governments] do it our way, through nice clean methods or they will get the kind of mess that we have in El Salvador, or in Iran, or in Beirut. Population is a political problem. Once population is out of control it requires authoritarian government, even fascism, to reduce it “The professionals aren’t interested in lowering population for humanitarian reasons. That sounds nice. We look at resources and environmental constraints. We look at our strategic needs, and we say that this country must lower its population-or else we will have trouble. – Thomas Ferguson, Latin American case officer for the State Department’s Office of Population Affairs (OPA)
Governments very rarely make frank statements about their real regional aims. Much of a nation’s regional strategy is a secret because no member of the public (or neighboring countries) would find it particularly palatable. People tend to make good guesses though, based on undeniable factual material such as geography, energy resources and cultural and political allegiances. No nation was without blame in World War II. Like any war, it was about resources and trade routes. The next war, if it occurs, will be about the same things. It will be global, it will affect everyone, since it will be a war whose ultimate aim is to dominate everything, once and for all.
Is this the kind of game Australia should be participating in?