DiEM25 notes with concern the recent AUKUS trilateral ‘security’ partnership which has been billed as “sustaining peace and stability across the Indo-Pacific”.
This move will instead amplify existing tensions for the over 4 billion people that inhabit the region, and further the risk of environmental catastrophe by introducing extra nuclear capabilities to the area. Any accident involving nuclear submarines will decimate sea life and be the final nail in the coffin for the Great Barrier Reef and other fragile maritime ecosystems.
The triad are proud of the idea that Australia will become the latest shipyard for manufacturing weapons systems that offer little strategic benefits in the 21st century. The clear winner from procurement of these exorbitantly-priced nuclear submarines will be ‘defence’ corporations that will see their profits swell as public resources are diverted to their coffers.
Australia is witnessing the effects of climate change with more floods, record temperatures and devastating bushfires, all of which are set to worsen as the country could warm by “4℃ or more this century”. The urgent task of the Australian government must be to overhaul its insufficient climate policies that have seen little change under the leadership of Scott Morrison.
DiEM25 urges citizens to press upon their representatives to reverse course on militarisation of the Indo-Pacific and focus instead on expanding pathways to peaceful dialogue amongst nations as the only way to sustain peace and stability in the region.
DiEM25 continues to call for a peace-centric international policy from the European Union – and a halt to its blind support for US-led belligerence globally. This subservience to American hegemony is not by compulsion but by choice. European independence can only see the light of day if its integration evolves well beyond the elite-led intergovernmental hybrid that we witness today.
Anything short of a common treasury – which implies a large pan-European debt – and a sovereign parliament elected transnationally, means that the ‘Union’ will remain subservient to the passions of the United ‘States’. Sadly, European leaders have elected to place the narrow interest of elites ahead of populations. This strategic error will lead to further European entanglement in American imperial disasters.
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