November 2nd 2002

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COVER STORY: Bali: after the dust settles ...

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Vultures circle Crean after Cunningham debacle

NEW ZEALAND: US links free trade to repeal of NZ nuclear ships ban

NEW ZEALAND: Kiwibank on target for 100,000 customers

STRAWS IN THE WIND: Global systems / The splitting of the West / After the earthquake

WESTERN AUSTRALIA: 'Unlawful' electoral changes: McGinty tries again

AGRICULTURE: Farmers' overwhelming support for alternate sugar package

LETTERS: Bush doctrine (letter)

LETTERS: Accepting responsibility (letter)

LETTERS: Drinking age (letter)

ECONOMICS: Getting to work on the world economy

COMMENT: Holding on to the centre

COMMENT: Monash shootings and the irresponsibility culture

COMMENT: Affirmative action illuminated

EUROPE: New members, new problems for European Union

ASIA: Behind Pakistan's Islamist revival

BOOKS: Marriage: Just a piece of paper?

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Bush doctrine (letter)

by John Barich

News Weekly, November 2, 2002

You are to be congratulated for drawing attention to the USA's most important new strategic doctrine (News Weekly, October 19, 2002).

In the aftermath of the Bali massacre, Chapter III of "the National Security Strategy of the USA " is all important to Australia and the other allies of the US. It calls for collaborative work against all acts of terrorism so that "terrorism will be viewed in the same light as slavery, piracy or genocide".

The document links terrorism with the possible use of weapons of mass destruction and therefore justifies the simultaneous attack on Iraq and the terrorist groups. It is wrong for some of our commentators to prefer dealing with terrorism instead of Iraq.

In any case, to antagonise the US is not in Australia's long term interest because we will never be able to do without the protection afforded by the ANZUS Treaty.

Your editorial rightly draws attention to a softening towards China. However, as Muslim fundamentalism is the more immediate threat, China may be considered by the US as a short term collaborator; and because of trading interests, the US also would not wish to antagonise an authoritarian China. In any case the document twice mentions the need to safeguard Taiwan.

Another pleasing feature of the doctrine is the USA's continued opposition to the International Criminal Court and the continued zero tolerance to the entry of drugs into the Western World.

The document should be required reading for all Australians concerned about the national interest.

John Barich,
Claremont, WA

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