Blog No. 193.
This blog assumes that the reader has first read Part I. https://khakispecs.com/leaving-the-western-alliance-part-1/
Previous blogs have referred to the crises facing all humanity: pandemics; environmental collapse; climate change; high-tech nuclear war. None of these can be effectively addressed while the institutions of global governance are in their current state of anarchy. A major event on the road to this anarchy and the current sorry state of global affairs has been the idea of Anglo-Saxon world domination, as articulated by Cecil Rhodes in the late nineteenth century. This took wings with his secret Society of the Elite. The Secret Elite Aspects of this review are arguable – but it at least gives an indication of the penetration and continuance of Rhodes’s Society
The American and British elites of the imperialist, Anglo-Saxon alliance have never got over the nineteenth century generated delusion that they are the privileged possessors of a racial and cultural superiority that gives them entitlement to dominion over the rest of humanity. Unsurprisingly, Britain’s predominantly Anglo dominions, Canada, Australia and New Zealand inherited, to greater or lesser extent, much of the same meme. After WWII, as Britain’s power declined, the USA took over leadership of the group. This, now deeply-entrenched attitude, makes the USA, reluctant to join in cooperation with other nations, other than on its own terms. If it is not deciding on what international law should be, it does not feel obliged to abide by it.
The Anglo group attached to the USA and UK, has given solid form to its alliance through multiple institutions of which membership of one, the Five Eyes electronic spying network, controlled by the USA’s and Britain’s secret intelligence agencies, is limited to the group and has the power to ensure the loyalty of its members. As democratic governments and politicians come and go, the secret intelligence agencies, habituated to acting outside the law and with impunity, are permanently in place. They having been created without democratic process, are largely outside democratic control. Careful observation, gives the impression that Anglosphere governments have become dogs liable to being wagged by their intelligence tail.
The USA, having dominated the world, both militarily and economically since the collapse of the USSR at the end of the 1980’s, has now encountered a serious obstacle placed in the centre of what it had assumed was a clear home-run in its bid for global pre-eminence. The Russia that rose from the ashes of the USSR was initially subdued and pliant while it was being laid waste by western business interests. However, such pliancy was not Russia’s default setting. As it regrouped under Putin, it encountered the full hostility of a USA alliance, disappointed at being so deprived of its rightful prey.
At the same time, it was dawning on the USA that once the Chinese had acquired a system of government that could coordinate its vast and industrious nation’s efforts, it too would be able to refuse a subservient position in the global hierarchy. The simultaneous, US-led western hostility to both nations, has forced them into an apparently impregnable military alliance. As President Trump and America’s allies seem about to discover, Western attempts to limit China’s burgeoning economic and technological growth can only be achieved at high, possibly intolerable, cost of damage to their own economies.
If this alliance, so detrimental to humanity, is to be broken up, the weak link would have to be seen as New Zealand. Australia had followed the USA in the deliberate destruction of the indigenous culture, whereas New Zealand, coming later on the scene, managed to avoid such genocidal extremes and has since established a partnership between Maori and Pakeha that is respected and accepted by both parties. In contrast to others in the group, New Zealand is attuned to a partnership with other cultures and now, in face of climate change, is set to greatly benefit from assimilation and sharing of the Maori cultural tradition of environmental guardianship that, rather than having destroyed, it has inherited.
Not only was the colony of New Zealand the last to be formed, but also it came late to the Five Eyes. It’s then Prime Minister, David Lange, joined as a way of appeasing the wrath of the other members, after the country’s adoption of a principled non-nuclear policy and withdrawal from the ANZUS treaty. NZ joined the Five Eyes without democratic consideration and without understanding the controlling implications. NZ’s membership has therefore no democratically approved legitimacy.
( Extract from recent NZ Radio interview with Helen Clark regarding comments by Geoffrey Palmer, Lange’s successor as Prime Minister. “He also revealed that during the mid-1980s one of the Five Eyes partners knew more than most New Zealand Cabinet ministers about intelligence gathering by the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB). When then-Australian defence minister Kim Beazley visited, he wanted to thank New Zealand Cabinet ministers for establishing the GCSB listening post at Waihopai, near Blenheim. Palmer replied ‘Kim, you can’t do that. They don’t know anything about it.’ Only three ministers knew about that; the minister of defence, the prime minister and me.” )
Last in: first out?
Geographically, both New Zealand and Australia are clearly not part of the US dominated Northern Hemisphere. They would appear to be more exposed to Asian, than to European or American trade and culture. Not only are they the most geographically remote of the Anglo partners, their economies and trading patterns are such that they are also liable to be most adversely affected by the new cold and economic war that the US alliance has declared on Russia and China.
Australian public and political opinion is more closely aligned to a sub-imperialist role as Uncle Sam’s South Pacific sheriff, than is the case in New Zealand. While it is conveniently more acceptable to New Zealand’s business and career oriented right-wing, to those others in society that are aware of it, the aggressive US conduct of global affairs and its general contempt for international law and other human beings is alien and repugnant.
The reasons why New Zealand should leave the aggressive US alliance are manifold and obvious. Part III of this blog will look at the implications of its leaving and some of the consequences that could follow.