Original Sin

OK, now for an article that really annoyed me in my recent journey through blogs linked to people I know.

In the Alternatives to Empire blog, our attention is rightly drawn to the construction of a new US base in Geralton, WA (where the US will control two military satellites). But it is done in such an annoying way:

Most Americans know nothing about Geraldton, just as they know nothing about other Australian sites such as the U.S. submarine communications base at North Cape or the U.S. missile-tracking center at Pine Gap.

And just as you seem to know nothing about Geraldton’s existing intelligence station that records all of our international phone calls, faxes and email that travel over INTELSAT and COMSAT.

But there is growing concern Down Under that Prime Minster John Howard’s conservative government is weaving a network of alliances and U.S. bases that may one day put Australians in harm’s way. According to Australian Defense Force Academy Visiting Fellow Philip Dorling, once the Geraldton base is up and running, it will be almost impossible for Australia to be fully neutral or stand back from any war in which the United States was involved.

Indeed, that may already be the case.

May one day?!??
May already be the case!??!!

Ever heard of Iraq? Afghanistan? The Gulf War? Vietnam?

This way of describing new developments really annoys me. Pine Gap already puts Australia in this situation. We’ve been in it for decades.

A negative development does not require us to paint the current or recent situation as ideal.

There is no pristine innocence that is about to be lost! Australia is already fallen. Where is the doctrine of Original Sin when you need it?

BTW, Alternatives to Empire has a link to the rest of the article, which is worth a look.

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