Midnight Oil

[Powderworks] RE: Deputy Dawg

Rodrigo Vronscki Ricardo perdigao@inf.ufsc.br
Mon, 24 Mar 2003 16:11:58 -0300 (EST)

	"Feeling important" is for the people. To the governments, the
important is the money. Australia just went to war for the same reason
Turkey, Spain and others are coming in: Everyone wants a piece of the
	It sounds a lot infantile that someone would "free" the people of
a country if it is not lucrative. Hitler used to say: The bigger the lie,
the more people will believe it.

It's sad to see those bombs droping.

On Mon, 24 Mar 2003, Miron Mizrahi wrote:

> Hi,
> the reason, IMO, Australia entered the war is simple. It (or at
> least its govt.) craves recognition. Paul Keating (an ex. Aussie PM)
> called Australia, a few years ago, "a pimple on the arse-end of the
> world". this is a rather unpleasant way to think of oneself, but it
> is, IMO, not far from the truth. and as such, it is a tough pill to
> swallow. no one likes to think of themselves as inconsequential. but
> the fact of the matter is that in most world affairs Australia is.
> for decades Australia saw itself as an extension to Britain. it is
> only in the last few decades that the truth has sunk in - Britain
> does not give (cricket and rugby aside) a rat's ass about Australia.
> more and more Aussies began seeing themselves as part of AsiaPac and
> have sought to find their affiliation with it. I believe a lot of
> progress has been made in this direction but Australia is still far
> from being a true part of AsiaPac. so it is kinda stuck in limbo. on
> one hand it prefers to be a part of the 1st world, represented by EU
> and the US - but it is not seen as important enough. on the other
> hand, it has not yet been fully accepted into AsiaPac. so when an
> opportunity like Iraq comes along, a right-wing, conservative govt.
> (which was against Australia ditching the queen as head of state)
> jumps straight on it because it makes them feel important. the
> problem is they confuse "the US has accepted our help" with "the US
> needs our help".
> I am originally from Israel, which is in a very similar situation.
> And unfortunately, until we stop thinking of oursleves in terms of
> what we wish ourselves to be and start thinking of oursleves in
> terms of what we are, this will go on.
> =====
> Miron
>    How could people get so unkind?
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