Gideon Polya, “2007: Bush-ites Defeated in Australian Election”, MWC News, 24 November 2007.
2007: Bush-ites Defeated in Australian Election
Excess deaths can be violent (from bombs or bullets) or non-violent (from deprivation and deprivation-exacerbated disease). I have recently published a book entitled "Body Count. Global avoidable Global avoidable mortality since 1950” that documents these matters (G.M. Polya, Melbourne, 2007: http://globalbodycount.blogspot.com/).
My estimates in this book published in mid-2007 about excess mortality in Occupied Iraq have had to be revised upwards. Recent authoritative estimates of violence-related post-invasion excess deaths in Occupied Iraq (as of November 2007) are of 1.2 million (from the expert UK ORB polling company) and 0.8 million (from the top US Bloomberg School of Public Health group at Johns Hopkins University (who estimated 0.6 million violent deaths as of July 2006).
Authoritative estimates of non-violent post-invasion excess deaths in Occupied Iraq as of November 2007 are of 0.7 million (from the latest UN Population Division data) and of 0.8 million (calculated from United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, data on post-invasion under-5 year old infant deaths; for impoverished Third World countries the under-5 infant deaths are about 0.7 of the total excess deaths, as described in the MWC News article “Layperson’s Guide to Counting Iraq Deaths”).
We can now estimate total post-invasion violent and non-violent occupied Iraqi excess deaths and these clearly range from 0.7 million + 0.8 million = 1.5 million (minimum estimate) to 0.8 million + 1.2 million = 2.0 million (upper estimate). The post-invasion under-5 infant deaths total 0.6 million and there are 4 million refugees (see "Iraq : Genocide by all definition. Bush's Iraq War. 2 million Iraqi excess deaths" on MWC News) .
Conservative Republican "Father of Reaganomics" Dr Paul Craig Roberts talks of the "Iraqi Genocide" (and demands a halt by dumping the US dollar). Outstanding UK-Australian writer John Pilger writes of "holocaust denial" over the "Iraqi Genocide". After years of publishing outrageously under-estimated media reports of Iraq casualties, AntiWar.com has given in to pressure from people such as myself and now reports the post-invasion Iraqi deaths estimates of JustForeignPolicy.org (currently over 1.1 million). After 4 years of resolute advocacy – much of it published by the ethical, humanitarian MWC News – I am now not alone.
Yet lying, racist, holocaust-ignoring, Bush-ite Mainstream media and politicians in Australia and other countries of the US Alliance still ignore this horrendous actuality in a process of continuing holocaust denial and genocide denial – just as the world ignored the actuality of the Jewish Holocaust 65 years ago.
This outrage was almost completely ignored by Australian mainstream media and hence by Australia that is voted in the 2007 Federal Election.. The major Parties, Coalition and Labor, refused to mention the war (in a real-life realization of the famous British comedy “Fawlty Towers” starring John Clease as Basil Fawlty in which he famously said “don’t mention the war’). Australians are generally oblivious to the horrendous carnage in which its Bush-ite Government has made Australians complicit.
Indeed the only current publication mentioning this in Australia at the moment is a book “Lies, Deep Fries, & Statistics” (edited Robyn Williams, ABC Books, Sydney, 2007) that carries a chapter by me entitled “Australian Complicity in Iraq Mass Mortality” ( transcript of the broadcast from which this entry was derived ).
The Rest is Silence. Will Rudd continue the holocaust-ignoring Silence?
The accompanying image of my large (55.9 cm x 76.2 cm) painting “Lerderderg Gorge #1” is of a very beautiful, deserted part of My Country, the Lerderderg Gorge north of Melbourne (for image see: http://www.flickr.com/photos/gideonpolya/3728856427/in/set-72157621470289745/ ). The Lerderderg River winds through steep, tree-covered slopes, and every twist of its course yields another extraordinarily beautiful vista. I love my native land, currently in the grip of the worst drought in its history, widely believed to be exacerbated by greenhouse gas-driven global warming.
In the words of our great poet Dorothea Mackellar: “I love a sunburnt country, A land of sweeping plains…”
A. major negative in Australia comes from the Summer flies – but you get used to them or endlessly practise the famous “Australian Salute” (waving them away). One theory has it that Australian lack of talkativeness comes from fear of swallowing flies but a lifetime of observation tells me otherwise - because Australian Mainstream media, CEOs and politicians lie by omission in Winter as well when the flies disappear. Australia is indeed the Land of Lies and Flies.
While the Iraqi Genocide has not been mentioned before or during the 2007 Australian Federal Election, climate change was a major issue. The climate criminal Bush-ite Coalition Government denied the scientists’ reports (e.g. those of the IPCC, the Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change) as “alarmist” up to this year, refused to sign Kyoto and refused to cut greenhouse gas pollution. The newly-elected Labor Party refuses to seriously curb the coal industry short-term (Australia is one of the world’s major per capita greenhouse gas polluters and is the world’s #1 coal exporter) but WILL sign Kyoto and will promote renewable energy sources (to 20% renewables by 2020).
However the Australian Greens (who hopefully will now have a much bigger say in Australian affairs) are really serious about the situation – and it IS extremely serious as outlined in the “summary of the Summary for Policymakers of the Synthesis Report of the IPCC Fourth Assessment (AR4)”. Australia and the World are facing an acutely serious climate change crisis. The Green policies are to dramatically increase renewables, slash coal mining and to reach a requisite 80% reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution by 2050.
Unfortunately newly-elected Labor has committed to a grossly insuffuficient 60% GHG reduction by 2050 – a level that will reduce Australia’s huge annual per capita GHG pollution to about twice that of the World and of China – recalling the horrible racist pronouncement of former Australia Labor Immigration Minister Arthur Calwell back in 1947: “Two Wongs do not make a White”.
Decent Australians are delighted by the victory but have no illusions. In his victory speech Rudd specifically re-affirmed Australia’s commitment to the bloody US Alliance (25 million excess deaths in post-1950 US Asian Wars) but promised during the Election Campaign that Australia will withdraw from Occupied Iraq (after obsequious negotiations with the Americans).
However Rudd has foreshadowed increasing Australia’s commitment to the violent Occupation of Afghanistan (post-invasion excess deaths totalling 3-6 million). Pro-Zionist Rudd supported Apartheid Israel when it was bombing and shelling 25,000 Australian citizens in Lebanon in mid-2006 and recently made false and dangerous assertions about Iran (particularly dangerous in view of the horrendous, sustained, violent threats to Iran from Bush America and Apartheid Israel).
Just as my beloved Lerderderg River dramatically twists and turns through the beautiful Lerderderg Gorge, so the River that is Australian public life has taken another dramatic turn - there is a promised prospect of greater support for Education and for Renewable Energy and the promise of greater Humanity (more equitable Health and Industrial Relations, withdrawal from Occupied Iraq and cessation of the Pacific Island Prisons for Muslim refugees).
However will the Rudd Government address the fundamental problem in Australian public life – the entrenched LYING by Omission? Rational risk management successively involves (a) accurate information, (b) scientific analysis and (c) systemic change to minimize risk. Australia will now have 3 years under a right-wing, Zionist beholden, US-beholden, Mainstream media- and Rupert Murdoch-beholden Labor Government with a long track record of lying by omission.
I will continue to do my bit to get through the Mainstream media and politician Wall of Silence in Australia and around the world. Will Australia remain the Land of Lies and Flies? Watch this space - I’ll let you know.