After more than two centuries existing side by side as “mates” through thick and thin – world wars, sports rivalries and claims to have originated each others’ cultural icons like Russell Crowe, Pavlovas and the race horse Phar Lap, it seems that finally New Zealand and Australia are moving apart. Perhaps becoming well aquainted and polite cousins rather than blood brothers.
And I am very grateful for that.
You see, after serving together in two world wars where we created the respected ANZAC military alliance, after many decades of visa free travel and open residency between our borders, it seems that it is the United States that is becoming an increasingly obvious elephant in the room. An elephant that is slowly dividing our two nations.
Particularly since the American led invasion of Iraq, Australia has been very happy to fulfill the role of “Deputy Sheriff” in our region as President George W Bush called them in his typically child-like but honest manner. Australians seem quite happy to accept this label. Their government has authorized a permanent deployment of American troops on Australian soil and are they increasingly loud and rude in their public pronouncements on countries they don’t “like”, desparate to immitate their big brother in Washington.
I’m not sure New Zealanders would ever accept the same American request for permanent troop deployment, in fact I know we wouldn’t. NZ has always had an increasingly independent foreign policy in recent times and no more so than today, when absurd claims of genocide in China are being thrown about by these same white people who led the mindless destruction of the Middle East and its communities these last two decades.
Although not a natural supporter of our current government, I fully support its independent stand on the Xinjiang issue and following an independent foreign policy that suits the interests of New Zealand. That is the only sensible stand to make based on the current circumstances and it has taken great courage to do so. Well done NZ PM Jacinda Ardern.
But New Zealand is also more independant with regards the phlight of the Palestinians as well. There have been outspoken parliamentarians here supporting the Palestinian cause and rightly critical of Israel’s brutish behaviour.
By comparison, the following headline appeared in the Australian media giant – the ABC – a little while ago. Australia’s national state funded media outlet reported that it was banning the use of the word “apartheid” on its services with regards Israel.
“Australian Broadcaster ABC has announced that they will not allow the use of the word ‘apartheid’ in their coverage of Israel and Palestine in an effort to “be as objective as possible.”
David Anderson head of ABC commented, “…conflicts such as this, (are) very complicated matters…”
I see. In order to be objective, the Australian media are banning (censoring) certain words and terms – fully accurate terms from what I can see – in order to be….“as objective as possible.”
I’m not making this up. This is the sad and deplorable state of the western media today. Just mindless lap dogs who have long since shown any responsibility for their deep plunges in journalistic integrity.
In the minds of today’s western media, Objectivity is achieved through Censorship. Wow.
What ever next and when will ordinary people wake up and see where America has led the world ?