Foreign policy for non-Muslim nations: Claim and defend your territorial outposts

by 1389 on December 1, 2011

in 1389 (blog admin), Australia, military

The worldwide jihad is heating up. It’s time to make an assessment on all of your country’s current and potential strategic assets. Figure out what you need to do to make the most of those assets. Once you have determined never to give up anything without a fight, and you have prepared accordingly, your enemies will get the message.

Joint ventures are sometimes worthwhile, but never rely on the US or anybody else to carry most of your defensive burden for you. As any Serb can tell you, the US has not been a reliable ally!

Map showing location of Cocos Archipelago

Let’s take a look at the Cocos Archipelago, which is part of the Australian Indian Ocean Territories.

History repeating: Australian military power in the Cocos Islands

In the earliest days of World War I, Australia recorded its first major naval victory when HMAS Sydney sank the German light cruiser Emden off the Cocos Islands.

Nearly a century later, the remote island and atoll group off the northwestern coast is again an area of major military importance.

In late November 2011, Australian Defence Minister Stephen Smith confirmed that the Force Posture Review (FPR) will consider the future strategic role of the Cocos and Christmas Islands.

Mr Smith suggested that while no formal proposal existed, the Cocos Islands could, in the future, host joint US-Australian naval and air forces.

The plan has significant merit and would dramatically increase Australian power projection on the long-neglected Indian Ocean flank. This latest development, coupled with an increased American posture in northern Australia, must be accompanied by regional engagement, or risk alienating regional states.

Remote but strategically vital

The Cocos Island group consists of two atolls and 27 islands and is located in the Indian Ocean, some 2,950 kilometres north-west of Perth, Western Australia and 1,272 kilometres south-west of Jakarta, Indonesia.

Currently, the islands serve as a refuelling stop for the Royal Australian Air Force’s Orion surveillance fleet. The extended range of the forthcoming Orion replacement, the Boeing P8 Poseidon, will provide increased opportunities for the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and, potentially, US Defence assets.

While requiring substantial infrastructure changes, the Cocos bases could potentially serve to meet joint strategic objectives in the region.

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1 Mullah Lodabullah December 2, 2011 at 9:44 am

Better to contain “moderate” Malaysia and Indonesia than to face an open invasion, apart from the refugees already invading.

2 1389 December 2, 2011 at 9:45 pm

I understand that Christmas Island has been used as a center for detaining Muslim “refugees” (actually infiltrators), with some very unhappy results.

Christmas Island: Too dangerous for refugees

The entire island should be turned into an Aussie naval and air base, with no “refugees” allowed to land there. Sure it costs money to set up proper defenses. But Australia is near to some very populous and very unfriendly countries, and has a very, very long coastline. Gotta do what you gotta do. Better to spend your tax dollars on your navy than on supporting “green” boondoggles.

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