That UN vote

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

 Often I wish my predictions would not come true so soon, or not at all, but they do.

On 27th November this year in Demography I wrote “Australian Labor Party hopes that mafia chieftains and imams will direct their flock to vote socialist. They will – but for a price of more and more concessions. Gratefulness to infidels is not in their dictionaries. “

That same afternoon our PM Julia Gillard had announced “that Australia would abstain from a UN General Assembly vote on state observer status for the Palestinians”. Australia thus reversed its long-standing policy and two days later, on the 29th November indeed abstained from voting. Of the UN Member States 138 said yes to upgrading the Palestinian Authority to the status of nonmember state, nine voted no, and 41 abstained. Pragmatists may say that as the outcome was obvious, nothing would be gained by sticking to the principles. Pragmatists hate principles, and Labor politicians in marginal seats do not know what principles are.


This table shows percentage of Muslim voters in certain electorates in 2009. However, The Australian Bureau of Statistics’ 2011 census showed that people who identified as Islamic constituted 23 per cent of voters in Blaxland and 20 per cent in Watson, seats held by Minister for Home Affairs Jason Clare and Environment Minister Tony Burke respectively.

There are 399,000 Muslims in Australia, but the distribution, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistic, is very uneven – New South Wales with 50% of the total number of Muslims, followed by Victoria (33%), Western Australia (7%), Queensland (5%), South Australia (3%), ACT (1%) and both Northern Territory and Tasmania sharing 0.3%.

The whole sorry matter has been dealt with by many, for example by Andrew Bolt in How Labor sold the national interest for Muslim votes. Of amusing interest is an alleged pronouncement by the former Labor Defence Minister Joel Fitzgibbon of the Chinese spy-ring fame, that if Australia had adopted the Prime Minister’s initial position it would have looked like Australia was acting as a puppet of the US.

One could speculate that a few hundred Japanese strategically distributed over a handful of marginal electorates could make Australia vote for an increase of whaling quota, and, given the totalitarian bent of ALP, make consumption of whale meat compulsory. Of course, I am not suggesting that Japanese in Australia vote as sheep.

For some reason known only to ABS and its controllers in the Chinese Communist party politburo, ABS statistic exclude Chinese born in “Special Administrative Regions and Taiwan Province”. (By describing sovereign Republic of China as “Taiwan Province” ABS anticipates the anschluss and shows its pro-communist dictatorship bias) Those Chinese in Australia, who can be counted, amount to 319,000 souls, though I suspect that the true figure is at least double of that. That number of people, strategically distributed could make our politicians to embrace Chinese politburo policies for less developed countries; i.e. shut up and mine. Oops, this is not a prediction, but sub rosa reality.

Unfortunately, the situation elsewhere is not much better – from Washington Post of 02-12-12:

Jonathan Schanzer of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies points out, “There was never much doubt that the U.N. General Assembly would overwhelmingly vote to upgrade the Palestinian Authority to the status of nonmember state on Nov. 29. The big surprise of the event was that a number of key Western European countries did not join the United States and vote against the resolution. The Czech Republic was the only European country to vote against the upgrade, and shockingly, the normally staunchly pro-Israeli governments of Germany and Britain decided to abstain.”

You can attribute this sorry state of affairs in large part to the pusillanimous governments of Europe. For example, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is wary of her potential coalition partner and pro-Palestinian Social Democratic Party. Meanwhile, Schanzer notes, “According to one European diplomat well versed in Spain’s foreign policy, [French president Francois] Hollande capitalized on the weak Spanish economy to push Madrid to vote for the PLO’s upgrade. . . . In short, the diplomat noted that Spain had joined France as part of a bloc of countries — including Italy and Portugal — in exchange for France’s protection in upcoming rounds of austerity talks. The diplomat also noted that Spain is attempting to obtain a seat on the U.N. Security Council and that the vote may have been a way to court favor from Arab countries.”

One can easily envisage a conflict between China and Islam, and then between Shia and Sunni Islam, and then … Foreign policy by a calculator, thanks to Labor. What times we live in!

About Antisthenes

A Greek philosopher, a pupil of Socrates. Led a revolt, with Diogenes, against the demands of the city-state and the sophistication of life. Accepted the interrelation of knowledge, virtue, and happiness; and sought the ideal condition for happiness in return to primitivism and self-sufficiency. Rejected all social distinctions as based on convention, scorned orthodox religion as a fabrication of lies, and studied early legends and animal life in order to arrive at a true understanding of natural law. The individual was free and self-sufficient when he was master of his passions, secure in his intelligence, impervious to social or religious demands, and satisfied with the poverty of a mendicant. Needless to say, a person who on the Fog of Chaos adopted the Athenian philosopher's name has nothing whatsoever in common with him.
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