Tony Abbott has been a busy little bee. Published in the Australian Spectator late December last year, the member for Warringah nonchalantly documented his time as part of a largely unnoticed delegation to Jerusalem for the Australia-Israel-UK Leadership Dialogue – clearly in the interests of his North Sydney constituents.

With fellow travellers, including Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and Federal Trade Minister Steve Ciobo, this motley crew of international mercenaries, aside from making a predictable and superfluous gesture of commitment to Israel, gave worrying signs on the direction of Australian foreign policy; signs too portentous to be ignored as storm clouds gather over Iran.

The Dialogue, “Originally intended as another forum to familiarise Australia’s leaders with Israel…” is a curious thing indeed. The familiarity of Australia’s elite to Israel is hardly a fledgeling relation, nor one that needs more meet-and-greets to reach its full potential. A few brief hiccups here and there in the history of Australian-Israeli relations are nonconsequential footnotes in light of Australia’s subservience to the Jewish ethnostate. Abbott salivates over this long history, “And long before we were taught to think of ourselves as a multicultural country, Jews had been Australia’s Chief Justice, army commander and head of state (as that’s what our governor-general is). Indeed, we’re the only country with this distinction other than Israel itself.”

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As if that’s supposed to woo the audience, he proceeds to the disturbing crux of the article. Says Abbott:

“In a witches’ brew of complexity and danger, Palestine is no longer the region’s most intractable problem. As we learnt, Israel’s establishment is clear-eyed about what’s happening: Iranian policy is a mix of ancient Persian imperialism with apocalyptic Islam; Turkey’s President Erdogan bankers to be a modern version of Suleiman the Magnificent; Russia has opportunistically used America’s diffidence to realise its historic dream of a warm water port; Syria will continue to be a graveyard or it will evolve into a series of semi-autonomous statelets.”

Talking about the dismantling of a sovereign nation as if nothing is amiss, he relates Syria’s planned future within the larger context, “The bottom line, as Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu makes abundantly clear, is that Iran cannot be allowed to become a nuclear power.”

As if that’s supposed to woo the audience, he proceeds to the disturbing crux of the article.

The bad news according to the former Prime Minister – remember this is a man who can only deal in “goodies and baddies” – is that “Iran (whose official policy is to destroy Israel and whose aim is world dominance is identical – only in Shia form – to that of the so-called Caliphate) now dominates Iraq and Syria while Iran’s proxy, Hezbollah, has more capacity than ever to ravage northern Israel…” He also makes no secret of the emerging oddities amongst the Middle East, “There is now informal Israeli security cooperation with the Saudis and Emiratis.” That must be why Saudi Arabia is immune from international condemnation.

Abbott continues to rant and rave a little about Palestine, manages to throw a few lines in about his grievances with Climate Change, and closes his little adventure by going “…for a fraternal jog with Bill Shorten around Jerusalem’s old city…”

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The short report ultimately reveals a stench emanating from Abbott more grave to the olfactory system than a body processing raw onion. This is irrefutable posturing for the balkanization of Israel’s neighbours, centred on unprecedented hostility towards Iran and, to a different extent and for different reasons, Russia. For what purpose is a back-bencher stoking the flames of war? Consciously or not (we’re inclined to believe the former), Abbott is working in tandem with the conclusions set out in the Yinon Plan [ ], which infamously sets out the strategic blueprint for the implementation of a Greater Israel at the expense of destabilising its neighbours along ethnic and religious lines into useless and powerless – as Abbott says – statelets.

It could be observed that the hovering spirit of Abbott is eager to be reanimated into a politically corporal form. It could also be observed his tone pays homage to that old Bush-Blair-Howard triumvirate of travelling democracy. It is not altogether unthinkable given both the unimpressive tenure of and Abbott’s axe to grind with Turnbull, that another leadership spill is possible. Subsequently, a malcontent conservative bloc of the electorate that stubbornly (and falsely believed) they deviated away from Liberal hegemony are still malleable enough to be mopped up by a strong unifier. Pauline Hanson and the renegade Liberals would be made redundant in what little independence they had as the true father of the conservative zeitgeist returns more powerful than before; here, the existence of the patriots proves little more than lowly cultists, whose unintelligible incantations are precursors to the arrival of Cthulhu.

The patriot groups, hasbara-fed imbeciles who naïvely wave the Star of David as if the religious/political fraternity is reciprocal, are crucial to normalising and desensitising not a small part of the population to anti-Islam rhetoric which can, in turn, be cashed in as justification for reckless foreign adventures vis-à-vis popular support. From One Nation to the Q Society, it works well for establishment politics to have the angry mob on board; fruitful indeed it is to have people both fearful of an Iran whose aim is defamatorily described as “world dominance” and, perhaps more importantly, excited to combat a nebulously understood ‘Islam’ wherever it may be found, be it Tehran, Raqqa or Lakemba.

Abbott continues to rant and rave a little about Palestine, manages to throw a few lines in about his grievances with Climate Change, and closes his little adventure by going “…for a fraternal jog with Bill Shorten around Jerusalem’s old city…”

The dangerous vainness of pursuing Islam as the demonic scapegoat should be more apparent yet it isn’t. When criticism of the faith itself is warranted, it in almost all cases begins with the extremism espoused by Saudi Arabia and its allies. Its state ideology of Wahabism is a term notably absent from Abbott and patriot groups alike; instead, we hear “Islamic extremism” which acts as a buffer from the true understanding of what it is and what causes it. When criticism of the demographic exodus from the Middle East and Africa is warranted, it begins with the egregious assault on common sense that the West inflicted on otherwise stable (relatively speaking) regions. To this date, Europe is paying for the illegal overthrow of Gaddafi, and it’s currently paying for the attempt to overthrow the Assad regime.

Nationalists hope that in the near future we won’t be talking about our due punishment for attempting anything in Iran; to lessen that likelihood all clear-minded Australians need to reassess why such fervent support for a foreign nation, much less one with such an odious reputation, comes into play within the sphere of Australia and its own interests. The average patriot, good-intentioned as they may be, need to come to terms with the ease to which they’re manipulated into taking moral responsibility for a surrogate nation and the manifold problems that come with it.

[1] A brief note on the Yinon Plan is necessary. Composed by Oded Yinon as “A Strategy for Israel in the Nineteen Eighties” in 1982, it appeared in the Kivunim (Directions), the journal of the Department of Information of the World Zionist Organisation. Its premise is not unique to one mere paper, but an internalised general plan for Israel to become an imperialist power in the region. Theodore Herzl, an integral figure in modern Zionism claimed the area of the Jewish State stretches “from the brook of Egypt to the Euphrates”. To take for example one revealing excerpt from Yinon: “Iraq, rich in oil on the one hand and internally torn on the other, is guaranteed as a candidate for Israel’s targets. Its dissolution is even more important for us than that of Syria. Iraq is stronger than Syria. In the short run, it is Iraqi power which constitutes the greatest threat to Israel. An Iraqi-Iranian war will tear Iraq apart and cause its downfall at home even before it is able to struggle on a wide front against us. Every kind of inter-Arab confrontation will assist us in the short run and will shorten the way to the more important aim of breaking up Iraq into denominations as in Syria and in Lebanon.”

During the Iran-Iraq War of 1980-1988, we see the extent of intrigue at play. Saddam Hussein was backed by America, France and the U.K., while Israel provided minimal support to Iran. Ironically, there was no problem then with Iraq’s actual use of chemical weapons on both military and civilian populations.

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