- After a 4 decade career as a scientist, I have almost
finished researching and writing a huge book on global avoidable mortality.
"State terrorism" has had massive complicity in global avoidable
mortality (excess mortality) that now totals 1.3 billion since 1950. While
"jihadist" and insurgent "non-state terrorists" have
killed 5,000 Western civilians over the last 20 years, US state terrorism
is complicit in a post-invasion avoidable mortality and under-5 infant
mortality in Occupied Iraq and Afghanistan now totalling 2.1 million and
1.7 million, respectively. Please find below a summary of my informed and
dispassionate assessment that AUSTRALIA IS UNDER SERIOUS THREAT FROM US
STATE TERRORISM. Anyone has permission to publish this and otherwise inform
all of their associates in the interests of humanity.
- Australia is irrationally expanding draconian civil rights-abusing
anti-terror laws in response to right-wing media and politician hysteria
over "non-state terrorism". Yet only 3 Australians have died
in the last 3 decades from terrorism WITHIN AUSTRALIA (the 1978 Sydney
Hilton Bombing that killed 3 and wounded 7) - and the surviving policeman
and his barrister still believe that Australian Security may have been
involved. Indeed right wing Australian Governments and politicized Security
have an appalling post-war record of making Australia a haven for Nazi
war criminals; permitting violent fascist terrorists to train and operate
in Australia (hence the famous Attorney General,s raid on ASIO in 1973
over Croatian Ustase terrorists who had been bombing Yugoslav consulates
in Australia); long-term support for Indonesian state terrorism (including
the now-resumed training of the notorious, genocidal Kopassus state terrorism
Special Forces units); putting Australian civilians and soldiers at risk
by withholding crucial information about Indonesian military state terrorism;
and continuous post-war support for immensely bloody US state terrorism
throughout the world (the post-1950 avoidable mortality and under-5 infant
mortality in Asian and Pacific countries in which UK-US ally Australia
has been involved militarily in that era now total 67 million and 35 million,
- The Shorter Oxford Dictionary defines "terror"
as "intense fear" and "terrorism" as the "furtherance
of views through coercive intimidation". "Terrorists" "intimidate"
by causing "intense fear", typically by killing people. "Terrorists"
fall into 3 categories, namely (1) state terrorists (nations committing
huge crimes against civilians e.g. the UK, US and Israel) ; (2) non-state
terrorists (e.g. jihadist terrorists and Iraqi and Palestinian insurgents);
and (3) state-sponsored non-state terrorists (e.g. the US-supported mujaheddin,
Al Qaeda and Taliban in Afghanistan; US-support for Al Qaeda until the
mid-1990s in the Balkans; US and UK covert terrorism including covert bombings,
shootings and torture in Iraq; world-wide US support for particular non-state
terrorists; US support for the mass murdering Indonesian military state
terrorists who are evidently STILL involved in supporting anti-Christian
militias and probably the terrorists involved in the Bali bombings, according
to former president Abdurrahman Wahid).
- "Jihadist" or "insurgent" "non-state
terrorists" have killed about 5,000 Western civilians over the last
20 years (mostly on 9/11, according to the US Administration). However
the US "state terrorist" response has so far been disproportionately
associated with post-invasion avoidable (excess) mortality and under-5
infant mortality in the Occupied Iraqi and Afghan Territories that now
total 2.1 million and 1.7 million, respectively. Anglo-American-dominated
mainstream media utterly IGNORE the huge reality of state terrorism, notably
US state terrorism.
- Australia is under threat from ALL THREE types of terrorism,
specifically (1) US state terrorism (compounded by slavish Australia Government
and Security association with US state terrorism, US media dominance in
Australia and passive acceptance of direct US interference in Australian
affairs, as in the 2004 election); (2) jihadist non-state terrorism; and
(3) US state terrorism support for non-state terrorists ( e.g. former president
Abdurrahman Wahid recently expertly suggested that the US-backed Indonesian
military may have been involved in the Bali bombing atrocities).
- There is an appalling record of US state terrorism over
the last half century and of US support for non-state terrorism in Africa
(e.g. in civil wars), Asia (e.g. mujaheddin and Al Qaeda in Afghanistan,
US Al Qaeda support in the Balkans into the mid-1990s; US covert terrorism
in Iraq) and Latin America (e.g. the US School of Americas trained 60,000
Latin American military and police personnel including torturers, dictators,
death squads, state terrorists and non-state terrorists; US terrorist squads
bombed churches in Ecuador; horrendous death squads, Contra rebels and
other terrorism in Latin America).
- From media reports there is clearly a "jihadist"
non-state terrorist threat to Australia a threat that has been seriously
EXACERBATED by the criminal actions of US state terrorism (illegal and
bloody occupation of Iraq); Israeli state terrorism (the continuing illegal
occupation of the West Bank and Golan Heights and imprisonment of Gaza);
uncritical, racist Australian relations with Israel (uncritical support;
possibly hundreds of Australians serving as soldiers in the illegal Israeli
occupations; and tens of thousands of Australians permitted to make donations
directly or indirectly supporting Israel state terrorism while donations
to some Palestinian organizations are prohibited with draconian penalties
in relation to Arab victims of Israeli state terrorism); and the close
association of Australia with the US in its illegal invasions and bloody
occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan.
- HOWEVER it is realistic to suppose that there is also
an even greater danger to Australia of a US-sponsored terrorist attack
to give political support for the US line (as occurred back in 1960s Ecuador
with the bombing of Catholic churches by US-funded terrorist teams to excite
anti-communist sentiment and as reported in Philip Agee,s "Inside
the Company. CIA Diary").
- HORRENDOUS "ENEMY CIVILIAN DEATHS" / "US
COMBAT DEATHS" DEATH RATIOS
- Ten years ago Nazi SS Captain Erich Priebke was extradited
from Argentina to Italy to face a war crimes trial over the March 24, 1944
execution of 335 Italian men and boys (about 75 of them Jewish) at the
Ardeatine Caves south of Rome. The massacre had been ordered by arch-terrorist
Adolph Hitler in retaliation for the killing of 33 German soldiers by Italian
partisans the previous day. Priebke was eventually found guilty and sentenced
to 15 years, with this being subsequently effectively commuted to 5 years.
Evil arch-terrorist Hitler evidently regarded an "enemy civilian death"/"German
soldier death" "kill ratio" (or "death ratio")
of 10 as appropriate - but how does this compare with "enemy civilian
death" /"military death" "kill ratios" for other
World War 2 combatants?
- In World War 2 the Axis civilian deaths totalled 5.1
million as compared to Allied civilian losses in Europe and Asia totalling
54 million; US, British Empire, Axis and Soviet military losses totalled
0.29 million, 0.45 million, 5.9 million and 13.6 million, respectively.
Accordingly the "enemy civilian"/"military death" "kill
ratios" were 0.4 (for the Soviet forces), 9.2 (Axis), 11.3 (the British
Empire) and 17.6 (the US). These statistics reflect the mass murder of
Soviet POWs by the Nazis (and vice versa) and the relatively high technology
war fought by the US (which made great use of strategic bombing e.g. of
Dresden, Hamburg, Tokyo, Hiroshima and Nagasaki).
- It is useful to examine the "kill ratios" in
post-war conflicts involving US high technology war machines pitted against
relatively lightly armed indigenous Asian soldiers in a swathe of countries
from Korea to Iraq. It is difficult to determine Asian civilian casualties
in these conflicts because, in the words of US General Tommy Franks, "We
don't do body counts." However using UN Population Division demographic
data from 1950 onwards it is possible to calculate "avoidable mortality"
("excess mortality"), which is the difference between the ACTUAL
deaths in a country in a given period and the deaths EXPECTED for a peaceful,
decently-run country with the same demographics.
- The following "enemy civilian avoidable mortality"/"US
combat death" "kill ratios" have been calculated for the
Korean War (1950-1953) ( 23.8), the Indo-China War (1957-1975) (276.5),
the Gulf War & Sanctions War (1990-2003) (12,259), the Afghanistan
War (2001-2005) (15,716) and the Iraq War (2003-2005) (323.9).
- The actual arithmetic involving the ratio of "avoidable
(excess) deaths" (for the Asian country concerned over the relevant
period)/"US combat deaths" is reproduced below (actual mortality
figures are rounded off for clarity):
- 0.8 million Korean excess deaths/33,651 US combat deaths
- 13.1 million excess Cambodian, Laotian & Vietnamese
excess deaths/47,378 US combat deaths = 276.5
- 1.8 million Iraqi excess deaths/147 US combat deaths
- 1.6 million Afghan excess deaths/102 US combat deaths
- 0.5 million Iraqi excess deaths/1,513 US combat deaths
- The Geneva Conventions are quite clear about the responsibility
of the invader and occupier to do everything in their power to preserve
the life of civilians. Unfortunately the above data show that the US (and
its allies) have grossly violated the Geneva Conventions in these Asian
Wars - and have done so in vast excess over the "enemy civilian"/"German
soldier" "kill ratio" of 10 in the Ardeatine Caves atrocity.
The reason for these horrendous US "kill ratios" is that high
technology US warfare preserves politically-sensitive military lives at
the expense of enemy civilian lives through high technology killing from
afar (more bombs were dropped on tiny, remote Laos by the US than on all
of Europe in all of World War 2); better training of its soldiers to kill;
and through improved medical technology to save the lives of wounded soldiers.
- Of course the real obscenity is revealed when one considers
that about half of the victims are innocent infants under the age of 5.
The under-5 infant mortality was 0.3 million (Korea, 1950-1953); 5.6 million
(Indo-China, 1957-1975); 1.3 million (Iraq, 1990-2003); 1.4 million (Afghanistan,
2001-2005); and 0.3 million (Iraq, 2003-2005). US state terrorism has exacted
a horrendous civilian death toll in US Asian wars.
- HORRENDOUS GLOBAL HUMAN COST OF US STATE TERRORISM
- Using UN Population Division demographic data it is possible
to calculate the post-1950 avoidable mortality (excess mortality) for every
country in the world. Violent occupation by countries clearly does not
help and neo-colonial prior threat and post-occupation periods also contribute
to the "body count". One way of assessing the HUMAN IMPACT of
such occupation is by expressing "post-1950 avoidable mortality"
as a percentage of the present population thus for the USA this is 8.455
million/300.038 million = 1.5% (one of the best figures in the World and
reflecting US wealth and INTERNAL respect for life). However for the countries
that the US has militarily occupied in the post-war period (ignoring immediate
post-war occupation of Axis countries and a huge list of US-complicit wars
and tyrannies in which US forces were not involved) the post-1950 avoidable
mortality/2005 population has been 82.109 million/342.477million = 24.0%;
about half the victims of this horrendous US state terrorism have been
infants under the age of 5.
- The war crimes of US state terrorism (and its allies)
are horrendous and demand action by the International Criminal Court (albeit
with the US in absentia because it does not recognize the Court's jurisdiction
over Americans). The murder of 5,000 Western civilians over 20 years is
an awful set of crimes but the full extent of the crimes of the responsible
non-state terrorists has been realized in the appalling and utterly disproportionate
mass murder and passive genocide by US state terrorism. Peace is the only
way but silence kills and silence is complicity (see here ).
- There is a serious threat to Australia from US state
terrorism. A "terrorist attack" by the US or its surrogates in
Australia would be of immense benefit to the US "War on Terror".
However the Australian Government - that is legislatively grossly violating
fundamental civil and human rights (freedom of expression, freedom of association
and no detention without charge) - is itself complicit with US state terrorism.
Australia is unprotected from attack by US state terrorism.
- ACTUAL AUSTRALIAN DEATHS LINKED TO US STATE TERRORISM
- As stated above, there have only been 3 terrorist-caused
deaths in Australia in 3 decades and these are speculated by an expert
witness as being due to Australian Security itself. While there is continuing
mainstream media hysteria about the POSSIBILITY of terrorist attacks in
Australia, these same media utterly IGNORE some 2,000 21st century Australian
deaths linked to US state terrorism.
- The breakdown of the 7 million annual world-wide deaths
from tobacco, drugs and alcohol (2003) is as follows: 4.9 million (71%;
tobacco-related), 1.8 million (26%; alcohol-related), 223,000 (3%; illicit
drugs such as heroin, cocaine and amphetamines); and 70,000 (1%; heroin-related).
- The estimated current breakdown of Australian deaths
from tobacco, drugs and alcohol is as follows: 19,000 (tobacco-related),
7,000 (alcohol-related); 700 (accidental deaths from illicit drugs) and
about 400 (opioid-related accidental deaths).
- The UK had a major role in development of the opium trade
involving British India and China (18th-20th centuries). Major mortality
events linked to British opium-linked exploitation of India and China include
the Great Bengal Famine (1769-1770; 10 million deaths), other 18th-19th
century famines in India (tens of millions of victims); 25 million 19th
century cholera deaths (due to cholera dissemination by British shipping,
rail and canals); the 19th century China Opium Wars and the subsequent
Tai Ping rebellion (20-100 million associated famine victims); extraordinary
Indian population stasis between 1890 and 1930 (due to famine, malnutrition,
cholera, plague and influenza); and finally the WW2 man-made Bengal Famine
in WW2 British India (4 million victims; speculated in Colin Mason,s "A
Short History of Asia" to have been a deliberate scorched earth policy
to block Japanese invasion from Burma and accordingly near-comprehensively
deleted from British history).
- Post-war, the US had a major role in the setting up of
the opium trade in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Burma (via the Kuomintang
Nationalist Army and connected war-lords), the strategy evidently being
connected with anti-Soviet and anti-Chinese policies and supporting armed
anti-communist elements. In 2000 the 2 biggest sources of opium were Burma
and Afghanistan. However in 2000 the victorious Taliban decided to destroy
the opium poppy crop (notwithstanding its considerable financial importance)
and before the US invasion in 2001 it had been virtually all destroyed.
However the US victory meant that by 2002 Afghanistan under US guns had
regained its previous important position as a major World opium producer.
- In 1999 there were 1,084 accidental opioid-related deaths
in Australia, representing 77% of accidental illicit drug-related deaths;
by 2001 this had declined to 413 (representing 58% of accidental illicit
drug-related deaths) due to a heroin drought in Australia. Resumption of
Afghan opium and heroin production under US administration will presumably
increase heroin availability and hence heroin-related deaths.
- Continuing, US de facto pro-opium policies (including
price-elevating domestic banning and the huge post-invasion opium expansion
in Afghanistan) make the US (and its UK and Australian allies) complicit
in the 70,000 heroin-related deaths globally EACH YEAR (14 times the total
number of Western civilians killed by jihadists over 20 YEARS) and about
500 heroin-related deaths in AUSTRALIA EACH YEAR due to criminal activity
benefiting directly from US state terrorism in which the Australian Government
and its politicized Security are both slavishly complicit. (It should be
noted that these estimates of heroin-related deaths are independent of
injection-related HIV and other infections. According to UNAIDS there are
currently 37.8 million HIV-positive people worldwide, 4.8 million were
newly infected in 2003, 2.9 million died in 2003 and 20 million have died
- Former president of Indonesia, Abdurrahman Wahid, a great
and good man who helped rescue Indonesia from 40 years of US-backed military
dictatorship, has recently indicated that the Bali bombings (that have
killed about 100 Australians) probably involved the military. Successive
Australian Governments and Security have supported the US-backed Suharto
dictatorship and trained (and have recently resumed training) the notorious
Kopassus Special Forces units responsible for immense atrocities against
civilians. The major crimes of the US-backed Indonesian military have been
500,000 people murdered in 1965 (the "anti-communist coup");
hundreds of thousands imprisoned since 1965; 200,000 East Timorese murdered
out of a population of about 600,000 during the 30 year Indonesian occupation
after the US-sanctioned invasion; horrendous human rights abuses in addition
to outright killings; backing of militias responsible for atrocities in
East Timor after the independence referendum (information denied to Australian
servicemen, NGOs and police by irresponsible Australian Government and
Security); atrocities in Papua and Aceh over 40 years; the SIEV X refugee
boat disaster (353 mostly women and children drowned in a process involving
Indonesian military and police and variously Australian Government and
Security); continuing military-backed atrocities against Christians that
have killed thousands; and a post-1950 avoidable mortality (excess mortality)
for Indonesia of 71.5 million.
- US state terrorism-linked Australian Government and Security
with resultant CLEAR COMPLICITY in the criminal, post-2001 deaths of about
2,000 Australians (not to mention the current 4,000-6,000 avoidable indigenous
Aboriginal deaths EACH YEAR) have already installed appalling legislative
violations of Australian civil and human rights and have now secured substantial
bipartisan support for even more draconian violations of Australian rights.
- The 2002 ASIO bill was passed with bipartisan support.
It allows for 7 days detention without charge or evidentiary basis; possible
revolving door re-arrest after 7 days; potentially 5 years imprisonment
if Security is not satisfied with non-supply of answers or requested documents
(noting that in Science it is impossible to prove a negative); unless approved
in the first warrant nobody outside can be contacted; and anyone reporting
the detention within 2 years faces 5 years imprisonment. These draconian
measures violate the 1948 UN Declaration of Human Rights to which Australia
is a signatory (notably articles relating to free speech, due process and
no detention without charge).
- The Conservative Coalition Australian Government has
recently obtained substantial agreement from the Labor-ruled State Governments
for draconian extensions to the present anti-terror laws, namely: 12 month
control orders on court warrant (no charges, trial, employment, telephone,
internet; further communication restrictions and tracking device tagging);
preventive detention (detention without charge extended to 14 days); shoot
to kill (plain clothes Security can kill if they deem fit); directly or
indirectly praising "terrorists" (as defined by US state terrorism-complicit
Government and Security) and "sedition" (saying anything They
deem to cause public disturbance or worse) are serious offences; "recklessly"
giving money directly or indirectly to a "terrorist"-related
organization (as defined by US state terrorism-complicit Government and
Security) attracts LIFE IMPRISONMENT; urging someone to help an organization
of a country in declared or undeclared war with Australia is punished by
7 years imprisonment.
- The proposed laws clearly violate the UN Declaration
of Human Rights, notably articles relating to freedom of speech, association,
employment and movement; the right to presumption of innocence; and the
right to due process and habeus corpus dating back centuries i.e. the right
not to be detained without charge and trial. These appalling laws have
attracted cogent condemnation from the distinguished former Conservative
Coalition Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser, the highly responsible and humane
Conservative Coalition Federal MP Pietro Georgiou, civil liberties groups,
lawyers, law academics, the Law Council of Australia, the Australian Greens
and Jon Stanhope (the Chief Minister of the Australian Capital Territory
who defied the Australian Federal Government and put the draft legislation
on the Web for ordinary citizens to see) . Nevertheless it is likely that
poll- and public hysteria-driven State and Federal Labor will join forces
with the Conservative Coalition to force through this legislation, which
has been allowed only 2 days for parliamentary discussion.
- The Conservative Coalition rejoinder is essentially "terrorism
hysteria" (notwithstanding the absence of domestic incidents) and
the demand to "trust us" trust the same Government and Security
who lied about the pre-war reasons for illegally invading Iraq? Trust the
US state terrorism-linked Australian Government and Security with resultant
CLEAR COMPLICITY in the criminal, post-2001 deaths of about 2,000 Australians?
- Through its slavish association with US and Indonesian
state terrorism, Australia has already become COMPLICIT in gross abuses
of human rights and the Geneva Conventions. The circumstances of the US
Coalition occupation of Iraq violate virtually EVERY article of the UN
Declaration of Human Rights for many Iraqis. Now this gross violation will
extend to ordinary Australians. Already in Australia TODAY, the wife who
publicly demands the freedom of her innocent but detained husband - or
even reports his detention to anyone - will be imprisoned for 5 years.
- What is most alarming about this lurch of Australia towards
becoming a proto-Nazi rogue state is the sheer hysteria, dishonesty, inhumanity,
racism and irrationality involved. Not only the physical safety of Australians
is under threat from US state terrorism - Australia,s reputation, civil
rights, human rights and democratic way of life are now acutely threatened
by the US state terrorism-complicit Australian Government and a politicized
Australian Security establishment. Peace is the only way but we must inform
everyone about abuses of humanity.
- Dr Gideon Polya, a contributing editor to MWC News Magazine,
published some 130 works in a 4 decade scientific career, most recently
a huge pharmacological reference text "Biochemical Targets of Plant
Bioactive Compounds" (CRC Press/Taylor & Francis, New York &
London, 2003), and is currently writing a book on global mortality ---