Hatred consumes reason
athetic”, describes the rabble of Neanderthals burning cheap computer printouts of the Australian flag outside our Embassy in Jakarta recently.
Equally pathetic was Indonesia’s blackmail attempt to subdue Australia into bootlicking servility—again.
The UK Guardian, the Australian Guardian, Fairfax media, the ABC and SBS, all comrades in lockstep from the dedicated Left, deemed it clever to publish stolen and untested information from an American traitor whose motive, ideology and psychological condition is unknown. Well known, however, is that every mature person on earth understands the need for collecting intelligence in today’s world of terrorism—except the above-mentioned media and ABC director Mark Scott, it seems.
US intelligence analyst Edward Snowden’s reasons for stealing and exposing his country’s official secrets may be to emulate the limelight enjoyed by Julian Assange’s Wikileaks. Maybe Snowden cracked, was co-opted, or perhaps detected and set up with low-grade, if not erroneous data. If the US knows the answers it is unlikely to comment.
What we do know is that the selective releasing of Snowden’s files specific to Australia’s intelligence gathering among its Asian neighbours was designed to do diplomatic damage to the Abbott government—to conclude otherwise is folly.
In keeping with a near perfect record of policy failures by the Rudd/Gillard/Rudd administration, a coterie of vindictive Leftists continue national disunity via socialistic class division—a Marxist doctrine of abject failure. In that vein trod Labor agricultural minister Senator Joe Ludwig. And with astounding incompetence in 2011 marked his lacklustre career in a single stoke of his pen that halted Australia’s $330 million live cattle trade to Indonesia based on the reaction to an ABC aired documentary (not investigated for authenticity) on animal cruelty.
That disturbing documentary, like Snowden’s untested intelligence leaks in the hands of the ABC, went feral taking Indonesia by humiliating surprise and anger. Ludwig’s decision suggested a familiar policy myopia, a handicap so prevalent among Labor ministers who seem to stagnate in a segregated microcosm of communal stultification.
Severing a substantial chunk of Indonesia’s beef supply without warning was seen by them as Australia messing with their food supply, not to mention the implication made by the ABC documentary that Indonesia is barbarous toward animals.
But the Leftist media’s interference in matters of national security should be a bridge too far for any Australian citizen and the consequences too dire. The obvious and intense hatred of the Abbott government by the Left blinded them to the damages now seen in headlines of the international media that foment violence.
Comment from foreign government intelligence agencies will never be heard; personnel are bound by official secrets acts. But given that the full extent of Snowden’s theft is yet unknown, no intelligence agency can assume their affairs have not been compromised. Suspicion among security agencies will be damaging. Government and civilian operatives, codes, surveillance equipment, contacts and informants are all at risk. Years of work, established connections and untold billions of dollars are now in doubt. No agency can assume they have not been exposed. And what about the safety of Australian nationals living in Indonesia?
Accordingly, agencies will abort operations, begin anew and try to weave a similar web that took decades to develop. As government operatives and other players vital to information gathering are recalled to their home bases, confidences and relationships are under suspicion. Lethal retribution is not unknown in the “spying” trade.
Anyone believing Australia has done the wrong thing by spying on Indonesia should look to history. The 1975 murder of five Australian journalists, the Bali bombings, Australian Embassy bombing in Jakarta, and nearly 30 attacks of terrorism in little more than a decade for starters. Soon to be released from Indonesian prisons are more than 300 inmates serving sentences for terrorism including the Bali bombings. Their hatred for the “infidel” is unlikely to have turned charitable.
For the safety of touring Australians, Indonesia’s top tourist source, our government has an obligation to monitor terrorist activities in hope of uncovering another Bali before it happens. One might say tracking terrorists is not the same as tapping the president and his wife’s phones. Were there no corruption in Indonesia that may be so but reality is very different.
If Indonesia carries out their threat to scale back security cooperation with Australia they would be foolish to include the terrorism branch because rabid Jihadists are not fussy about who they blow to pieces. Another attack like Bali bombing will see the end of the tourist dollar for a long time and President Yudhoyono understands that.
Given the complexities of Indonesia’s politics, ideology, their culture and their demonstrated vindictiveness, it is folly to predict an outcome. Predicting the reasons for Mr Yudhoyono’s five-year $15 billion military upgrade may be easier figure as most of it is for weapons of warfare, German tanks and Russian fighters for example—for defence or offence?
Nevertheless, Fairfax and our ABC continue the line that “Indonesia” demands an “apology” from Tony Abbott. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has never asked for an apology, he did ask for an “explanation” but the truth wouldn’t suit the Leftists’ agenda would it?
And, what about Snowden’s other files? As Al Jolson said, “You ain’t heard nothin’ yet!”