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  1. FallGuy

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    Australia's inbred behaviour of jumping to attention and packing our rucksacks when our colonial masters need allies has once again resulted in us taking disproportionate casualties. Why should we align ourselves with the US against our own economic interests and at risk to our own people and our own freedom? - it's in the national psyche to be an underling to some giant protector - the US came to our assistance when Britain failed us so they're the new colonial masters.

    Trouble is - US administrations and agencies have been positively evil and arrogant in manipulating and interfering in other countries to look after their own interests, propping up or setting up supposedly sympathetic but often murderous regimes contrary to democratic principles. That's becoming more and more undeniable and often they have really stuffed up in their selection of who to support.

    Now, the US has been viciously attacked on its home soil by what appears to be vested interests aiming to galvanise and radicalise the global muslim populations. So far, those vested interests have been lucky because the US has largely reacted in a typically over the top hamfisted way - bombing but not reconstructing. The US is not in the same position of economic strength as it was after WW2 when it reconstructed the Japanese economy - plus maybe these days Japan is not seen as ending up as a success for US interference because Japan ended up as an economic threat to the US.

    The Liberals in Australia under Howard, a populist government, have worked the national psyche and closed ranks even more with the US. The NSW Labour government has exploited the racist attitudes of anglo and european Australians under the guise of law and order. The Libs were able to grab victory from defeat at the last elections by exploiting a similar angle - getting tough on illegal immigrants (although white Rhodesians somehow get an invisible helping hand).

    Australia for some peculiar reason is slavishly helping the US to attack the UN, turning away from UN initiatives such as the world court and international rights of women, criticising the UN and refusing to accept UN inspections.

    Decades of diplomacy with the Indonesians - which was at least successful in stabilising our trade and security - were abandoned when Howard became PM. Advances by the Indonesians to democracy and out of the hands of the corrupt military - although less than smooth and still incomplete, were partly achieved through Australian participation and engagement with Indonesia. When Howard came to power he determined to "stand up to" Indonesia - one of many affronts to a country of over 200 million people.

    What has happened is, we have been in the past below the radar of anti-US sentiment, but now we've popped up due to the incompetence of our leaders. The Australian people have never aspired to being imperialist or racist or manipulative in other countries.

    We are much more exposed to damage to our people and in economic terms than the US.

    The question is - will the US control the world and become the new Rome, or squander billions in military actions around the world while its economy sinks deeper and deeper - in which case Australia's going to suffer.

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