In war, truth is the first casualty.

Greek dramatist (525 BC - 456 BC)

The ASP policy on war

The ASP shares the position of George Washington as it relates to wars, foreign relations and free trade. Washington believed that nations should not involve themselves in foreign entanglements, but rather that they should trade with each other at political arms length. In his farewell speech he stated:

The great rule of conduct for us, in regard to foreign nations, is, in extending our commercial relations, to have with them as little political connection as possible.

Foreign trade and foreign diplomacy is the opposite of isolationism. Foreign alliances and entanglements can lead to war very easily, as was evident at the start of World War I.

No foreign entanglements.

The ASP policy on war is:

  • Australia should have a strong and well equipped Defence Force.
  • The role of the Defence Force is to protect the borders and sovereignty of Australia.
  • It is not the role of the Defence Force to invade or occupy other sovereign nations.
  • Acts of national aggression are war crimes - and should be prosecuted and punished.
  • No foreign soldiers or foreign military assets should be stationed on Australian soil.
  • Australia should not be involved in any foreign entanglements.

The only time that Australia can premptively initiate a war - is if there is a clear and immediate threat of an attack on the nation of Australia.

Naturally the common people don't want war ... The people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.

Hermann Goering
Founder of the Gestapo

War is a racket

Smedley-ButlerIn 1940 - Smedley Darlington Butler was a Major General in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was the highest ranking officer at that time and also the most decorated marine in U.S. history. During his 34-year career as a marine, he participated in military actions in the Philippines, in China, in Central America, in the Caribbean, and in France during World War I.

War Is a RacketBy the end of his career he had received 16 medals, 5 of them for heroism. He is one of only 19 men to have received the Medal of Honor twice.

In 1935, Butler wrote a book called War is a Racket - where he describes the inner workings of the United States in foreign actions and wars. His comments are drawn from many of his personal experiences over many years - including those where the army was used to act in the direct interest of corporations. After retiring from service, he became a popular activist, speaking at meetings organized by veterans and others who oppose war.

The ASP believes that the way to stop wars (as based on Butler's recommendations) are:

  • Take the profit out of war.
  • Limit the military to act in defence only.
  • Let the public and the soldiers (not politicians) decide if the nation should commit itself to war.

Of all the enemies of public liberty, war is most to be dreaded because it comprises and develops the germ of every other.

James Madison
4th President of the USA

(1809 - 1817)

Below are some extracts from his book:

It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious [racket]. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives.

It is conducted for the benefit of the very few, at the expense of the very many. Out of war a few people make huge fortunes.

So vicious was this war propaganda that even God was brought into it. With few exceptions our clergymen joined in the clamor to kill, kill, kill.

Heroism at command, senseless brutality, deplorable love-of-country stance, how violently I hate all this, how despicable and ignoble war is; I would rather be torn to shreds than be a part of so base an action! It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder.

Albert Einstein 


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