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Tony’s war on terror

By Vanessa Kairies

Earlier on in the year I was analysing a summary of the Budget.

Of significant interest to me, was the tens of billions allocated to defence, including setting up a new military base in Afghanistan.

I thought this was very odd at the time. I had many a conversation with folks trying to find out why. If we had pulled our troops out of Afghanistan, why were we spending billions to develop a new one? At this stage there was no talk of bombing Syria.

Some in the media thought it odd too.

Rosie Batty had been named Australian of the Year and the funding for domestic violence sat at around 3 or 4 million for an education program to be established. Compare the two amounts. Hello, Minister for Women. Big fail. Tony was heavily criticised in the press for this.

Shortly after the media reports disapproving of these figures, the government changed their website and the information regarding the costing for defence disappeared.

Flash forward to now.

Tony made yet another captain’s call to bomb Syria. He didn’t hesitate. Discussions about this happened before any of the politicians decided to grow a conscience and take in refugees.

Tony was in an awful hurry to send Australia to war. Airstrikes to start off with, but you can bet your bottom dollar a ground war will follow.

Brace yourselves. Australia.

This article, ‘Israel grants oil rights in Syria to Murdoch and Rothschild‘ from 2013 showing Genie Energy’s interests in the oil fields in Syria is worth revisiting. It says, in part:

‘Israel has granted oil exploration rights inside Syria, in the occupied Golan Heights, to Genie Energy.’

‘Major shareholders of Genie Energy – which also has interests in shale gas in the United States and shale oil in Israel include Rupert Murdoch and Lord Jacob Rothschild.’

‘In a rational world, the involvement of Rothschild and Murdoch in this international criminal activity would show them not to be fit and proper persons to hold major commercial interests elsewhere, and action would be taken. Naturally, nothing of the kind will happen.’

‘For Israel to seek to exploit mineral reserves in the occupied Golan Heights is plainly illegal in international law.’

Then in July this year, this article ‘Israel exploits Syrian chaos to plan looting of Golan oil’ showed that‘ tells us that Israel is:

. . . now taking advantage of the chaos in Syria to look for precious resources to extract from the occupied Golan Heights. Israel relies heavily on imports to meet its energy consumption, and with frequent vicissitudes with its neighbors, its need for energy resources continues to shape the nature of its occupation in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, as well as the Golan Heights.

With the Syrian government in disarray, Israeli authorities gave the go-ahead to Afek, a subsidiary of Genie Oil and Gas, to conduct drilling in 10 wells in the occupied Golan Heights in their search for fossil fuels.’

‘Genie Oil and Gas has some high profile investors and advisors: Media baron Rupert Murdoch, former US Vice President Dick Cheney, American hedge fund manager Michael Steinhardt and British investment banker Jacob Rothschild are all members of the company’s “Strategic Advisory Board.”

After reading all of this I am now questioning the motivation behind the air strikes on Syria. History has shown that many a war has been started to control the oilfields. This time, perhaps it is for oil and gas. Why now? After all, the crisis in Syria has been going on for 4 years.

Why all of a sudden has the Liberal Party done an about face on taking in refugees?

If there is going to be collateral damage, we better offset it with a token gesture of giving the lucky 12,000 Christians a new home. Interviewed, handpicked and forensically examined to see if they have any scarey baddie genes.

That and there are now votes in it. Public opinion has changed. It is amazing what one image can achieve.

The proposed intake of 12,000 Syrian refugees is a pitiful effort. Ironic too, considering the human rights abuses of those incarcerated in asylum seeker camps offshore are covered up, in secrecy, by our very own government.

If Abbott and Co are truly sympathetic, they would close down the Nauru and Manus Island detention centres too.

I have photographs of deceased children washed up on beaches from Syria, Palestine, Sudan and Libya. All were fleeing persecution and war. They may or may not be Christians, but are the same nationalities as some of those in prison offshore.

The UN has said that every person imprisoned on Nauru and Manus Island are genuine refugees.

We could save millions of dollars if they were closed and end the suffering of so many.

Here are a few words and definitions for the day and some food for thought for you all.

Terrorist: a person who uses terrorism in the pursuit of political aims.
Terrorism the unofficial or unauthorized use of violence and intimidation in the pursuit of political aims.

Fascism: (in general use) extreme right-wing, authoritarian, or intolerant views or practices.

Oligarch: 1.a ruler in an oligarchy, 2.(especially in Russia) a very rich businessman with a great deal of political influence.

Oligarchy: a small group of people having control of a country or organization.

Yep, we tick all of the boxes.

2I never thought I would see the day Australia became a fascist country. Ruled by an oligarchy.

You may scoff, however in the eyes of some, this is the reality.

Tony Abbott and Co have effectively set up their own war of terror, step by step:

Step one: convince everyone that the bad guys are after us. We have seen this one develop over the years.

Step two: use this to justify the ability to control and spy on the public. The border force act and the meta-data-retention laws enabled this.

Step three: discredit anyone that stands in you way. Leave that up to the Murdoch tabloids.

Step four: appoint your mates to the positions that take away civil liberties. We saw this with the Gillian Triggs saga and her replacement Tim Wilson. I could go on.

It would be easy to conclude that the plan to bomb Syria was hatched a long time ago, all for the interests perhaps of Tony’s mate Rupert. The government just needed an excuse.

First, the Liberal Party had to convince Australia that our national security was at risk.

It’s all done and dusted now.


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  1. diannaart

    Tony believes he has a double win here – powering up the old fear and control ’em strategy plus, thar’s oil in them thar hills/sand-dunes/Middle east in general.

  2. PC

    When I think of the absolute contempt the LNP have for life other than their own, I really wish they would just burst into flames. God how I loathe and despise them and their ilk.

  3. M-R

    And let us not forget that amazing war-monger in the US, Cheney – he’s also involved. I mention it only to link all this horror back to the American Republican push into Iraq … and how we joined it.

  4. Vicki

    Once again the Rosthchilds are behind the grab for more control and more money. They need Tony to agree on another level of warfare in order to get more money. It’s ok if women of domestic violence and their children don’t have funding because they are keeping us safe by ensuring another fake need for military money and action. Wake up please, see what is happening in this country and what is being controlled and directed behind the scenes by the elite/cabals. Tonys’ strings are being well and truly pulled. What a sorry bunch of ridiculous, good for nothing, so called politicians whose main agenda is to screw over the people of Australia while slapping each member of the old boys club on the back and having a very hearty laugh. Unfortunately, the women in politics are just as bad. You wont get empathy there either.

  5. paul walter

    Genie Energy was something that emerged also during the savage Israeli action against Gaza last year.

    It was to do with gas fields in the Levantine sea basin and also control of large onshore shale deposits, not a few penny bunger missiles fired inretaliation to Israeli provocation from Gaza. None of the prospective wealth was to provide any rental benefit for poverty stricken Gaza or Palestine in general. When you read this, you thought of the real motivations behind the attack and saw red.

    Some will claim Western interference at various locations in the Mid East is conspiracy conjecture, but I think there is more than enough motive and evidence to indicate thathew smoke does mean a fire.

    The other factor with Syria is its location betweenTurkey and Israel and the reality that the USA, Israel and Saudi Arabia, Europe and Russia are involved in a struggle for control of geography and pipelines from the oil fields around the Caucasus and West Asia. Iran, Syria and Russia have banded together to hold on to their part of the oil and also strategic locational value. This has led to monotonous and ongoing conflict for generations, with the fighting often done through local proxies.

    The terrorism stuff is largely an excuse for the West to interfere and refugees are demonised as terrorists, lest the sham fall apart as people instead see refugees and Mid Easteners as real humans rather than devious “others”.

    But for the constant warfare, there would be no refugees, halting people fleeing from these places is also a convenient excuse to 1.avoid helping them and 2. also avoid ceasing the incursions when so much wealth is at stake, including for many poor people living in that region now denied such benefits.

  6. rjs42

    Don’t forget the immunity laws for ASIO. They don’t just make us fascist but also a secret police state

  7. mars08

    The former head of the Australian Defence Force (ADF), Retired General Peter Gration, has signed an open letter to Prime Minister Tony Abbott opposing bombing raids in Syria.

    Australia is considering a request by the US to join its bombing campaign against the Islamic State (IS) group in Syria.

    The open letter suggests bombing IS targets would potentially be illegal, could strengthen the organisation and divide the Australian community.

    “I believe this would be a strategically bad decision; in fact I would call this strategically dumb,” he said.

    “To commit us to what is complex and confused war with a centuries old religious conflict between the Sunnis and the [Shiites], the underlying issue, I think is really inviting disaster.”

    “There are undoubtedly going to be more civilian casualties,” he said.

    “There’ll be more refugees generated, there’ll be more infrastructure damaged, and eventually getting Syria back on its feet will be quite difficult.”

    He said if Australia took part in bombing raids in Syria it would worse the humanitarian crisis currently playing out in Europe, as hundreds of thousands of asylum seekers seek a safe haven.


  8. crypt0

    PC … Hear hear …
    I just wish the Australian government and the majority of the people were capable of thinking for themselves.
    Unfortunately there is no evidence that this is ever likely to happen.

  9. i have a nugget of pure green

    is it wrong to wish that someone just died already, if that person is Murdoch?

  10. whatismore

    A very plausible explanation especially as Murdoch was behind Howard’s foray into Iraq.

  11. keerti

    Possibly appropriate here? for months now australia has been committing huge money to exploring the seabed looking for a malaysian plane with (I think) 4 australians on it.”Closure”for a few people does not warrent this expence. I wouldn’t want to make a conspiracy theory out of it, but……

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  13. Mark Needham

    A little call to task, here.
    “Bombing Syria”
    I do believe it is actually “Bombing ISIS targets, that are in Syria.”

    Sort of like saying “A team was seen purging the Needham household last week”
    No, I had a can of fly spray, chasing Louie….

    or, “I did not have any sex with that woman”

    “bombing Syria” is actually the way, all media, is saying it at the moment. It is right, but it is terribly wrong.

    Now, Syrian problem. I am slowly thinking, that we should side with Pepe Putin, back the bugger Assad and when all sorted ( Yeah, when will that happen) then politically help the country. Might be easier to “modify behaviour from within”, rather than against. I mean, has anyone asked the refugees who they are fleeing from?
    Just a “Thinks”??!!

    Mark Needham

    PS.”If there is going to be collateral damage, we better offset it with a token gesture of giving the lucky 12,000 Christians a new home. Interviewed, handpicked and forensically examined to see if they have any scarey baddie genes.”

    Nah, just take 12,000. I mean you don’t take the nice apples when shopping. You always grab the rotten ones.?

  14. mars08

    So… we’re now bombing Syria! What should we expect from this “strategically dumb” venture?

    According to the former chief of the ADF, Retired General Peter Gration:

    “There are undoubtedly going to be more civilian casualties…”

    “There’ll be more refugees generated, there’ll be more infrastructure damaged…”

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