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Sunday, August 24, 2014
B52s to bomb Aboriginal land
Vanguard September 2014
Giant US B-52 bombers, the most aggressive symbol of the evil empire’s
war on the poor of the world, are set to carpet bomb a slice of the Northern
Territory under an agreement signed between US and Australian representatives
at the recent annual AUSMIN talks.
The 200,000 hectare Delamere Prohibited Area, around 120 km south of
Katherine, is Aboriginal land made available to the Australian Air Force
through an Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA).
It has been used for bombing practice by Australian fighter jets and US
Marine Corps F-18s (one of which crashed there in 1998), but will now be
pounded by live ammunition from B-52s.
According to a 2005 reported in RAAF News, Delamere has two practice
ranges for rockets, guns and practice bombs, a high explosive range, a large
mass inert weapon range, a simulated airfield complex and “Tac Town”, which is
a township constructed from shipping containers.
“From the air, Tac Town looks like a township and the different
buildings simulate different roles,” a RAAF writer explained.
“There’s a special forces headquarters, a school, a church, a power
generator and a Town Hall; so it forces crews to plan a mission just as if they
were attacking an enemy town, and having to consider all the rules of
US tightens grip on region
The B-42 deal follows an agreement signed by the US with the Philippines
that will allow American troops to have access to military bases on that
country for the next decade.
It is likely that the US imperialists will regain access to the giant
Subic Naval and that they will gradually deploy combat ships, a squadron of F18s
or F16s and maritime surveillance aircraft to the Philippines.
The US already has a ship rotation agreement with Singapore.
Puppets place us at the disposal of US military
In Australia, the number of marines to be "rotated" through
Darwin will increase to 2500. Over the next 25 years, further
increases can be made, and other sites for their "rotation" can be
During the talks, where the overlords issue orders and the puppets
cravenly sell-out our sovereignty in cowardly and enthusiastic obedience, there
was agreement to closer "cooperation" between special forces and
in cyber warfare operations and for greater access for US warships, including
nuclear submarines, to ports around Australia.
The buzz word of "interoperability" simply means that we get
locked into any aggression the US imperialists decide to undertake.
(US Secretary of State John Kerry poses for a honeymoon photo with
unAustralian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop. It's a pity they won't
be sharing the night at the Delamere drop zone!)
The deal confirms the analysis made of the US-Australia
relationship by former conservative Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser in his book
It follows confirmation that Australian and US personnel based at Pine
Gap are directing US drone aircraft to targets in Pakistan and Iraq.
Austerity for us, billions for the US
Talks also began on plans for Australia to become part of the US
ballistic missile shield that allows warships and land based sites to take out
enemy missiles well before they reach a target.
Converting Australian destroyers and systems to carry the interceptor missiles
would cost billions of dollars.
It is no wonder that an austerity regime is being imposed on
services to the people while plans are made to spend the lot on services to the