Life itself is a risk Di Natale. To minimise the …

Comment on Greens on Pine Gap: Move towards non-aligned foreign policy by Mark Wilson.

Life itself is a risk Di Natale. To minimise the risk, to walk away and do nothing we simply permit North Korea to become even more emboldened.
China also in the disputed South China Sea presents a real risk to the region and world peace.
When the day of reckoning arrives who will come to our aid? If Pine Gap adds risk to us then so be it. THAT is the price we must pay.
The Americans, the UK, the Chinese and no-doubt the North Koreans undertake physical and/or cyber surveillance intel here. That is the nature of international relations and the world.
Can someone tell Di Natale that we have emus, not ostriches here?

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Greens on Pine Gap: Move towards non-aligned foreign policy
Yes Peter, I cannot disagree with your arguments. Pine Gap is a perfect target.
But can we expect anyone to come to our aid if we do nothing to play our part in an alliance?
Nothing is guaranteed except that without supporting our allies we can never expect them to support us. That much does seem certain.
Peter, you seem to obliquely acknowledge the role that nuclear deterrents played throughout the Cold War. Would you prefer we do a Chamberlain and look the other way if another Hitler arises and rely on others to deal with the problem?
Do you live in Alice Peter? For how long? Do you feel that this town would exist with anything like its present prosperity without Pine Gap? I suspect that our lifestyle and prosperity here has much to do with the American presence. If you are genuinely so concerned that you are in real danger living here, the solution for you and yours seems rather obvious.


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