“You can’t teach an old dog new tricks!” Only fools would think that it is worth a try.
Here’s why we shouldn’t even give it a passing thought. It has proven to be a failed policy.
Those who are in positions of national leadership have responsibilities to recognise the signs that characterise thuggish behaviour and never allow it to operate unchecked.
Unfortunately, history at this level is littered with examples of failures to protect citizens from these criminals - some are even repeated by those in whom we have mistakenly entrusted the nation’s safety.
The disaster that is unfolding in Afghanistan is the result of irresponsible attitudes towards the evil regimes that want to destroy western civilisation.
There is no other way to describe it.
We are watching a train wreck of unimaginable proportions and it could have (should have) been avoided simply by making decisions based only on what our leaders knew (or should have known) to be true.
An average junior school student could have told us that the Taliban leaders released from Guantanamo Bay maximum security prison by the Obama administration only a few years ago were very bad people who couldn’t be trusted.
Yet it was justified at the time by the current President as a necessary gesture in order to help restore peace to that volatile part of the world. How could they have been so naive! Surely their military and intelligence advisors were telling them then that it was a dumb move which would have repercussions we would live to regret.
No surprises then that these brutal murderers are back in charge, wasting no time in reversing all the humanitarian gains made by the coalition of the willing during their decades of occupation. It must also be seen as an enormous betrayal of those military families (including our own) who lost loved members in what now appears to have been a wasteful exercise.
How could it go so wrong and will that be the end of it?
Unfortunately, politicians are notorious for failing to learn from history.
If they did, they would have learned all they needed to know about putting innocent lives at risk simply by appeasing those who have demonstrated their signatures on agreements are worthless.
Neville Chamberlain’s gamble in 1938 effectively guaranteed the sacrifice of millions on the altar of appeasement before Hitler’s regime was finally halted back where it all began. It is hard to imagine how presumably decent, intelligent human beings could get it so wrong.
Well, don’t be surprised if that earlier blunder under Biden’s watch turns out to be only the first course of a diet we will be fed over coming years.
All the signs are flashing on the world stage, especially where China is concerned and it isn’t difficult to predict where (given current leadership) this will all end.
The Free World countries trying to get agreement on international climate change policy have decided to exempt two of the world’s major polluters (China and India) from obligations to limit greenhouse gas emissions that (if implemented locally) will have disastrous consequences for our national economies while those of the non-obligated grow at warp speed.
They have done that in the full knowledge that both of these countries are abusing those exemptions while the rest of the world cut our own throats.
Even if they decide to honour their promise to reduce the growth of their polluting habits after 2030, it will become a meaningless exercise in terms of saving the planet - it will be too late - or so we are told by those who are appeasing these destructive giants.
It gets worse.
Given the Biden administration’s recent failure of judgment in Afghanistan, are we likely to see a repeat when China decides to finally make its long telegraphed move to invade Taiwan. I suspect it is only a matter of time before we will awaken to calls for assistance against these invaders that will go unheeded if the current US administration is still in charge of providing a necessary show of strength.
It looks to me as if they have already signalled their intentions of how they are likely to combat the China threat.
We need look no further than the pathetic attempts by WHO to uncover the truth about the original leak of the Wuhan Covid virus.
It is clear that any exposure of that history would severely embarrass the Biden administration and its chief health advisor Dr Fauchi so we can expect little in the way of meaningful revelations on that score.
Instead we are more likely to see another bout of capitulation in the face of the enemy.
Any reluctance to come to the aid of traditional allies will be dressed up as a necessary sacrifice of one small player who Is deemed expendable in the battle between East and West.
But those who study history will know that such a sign of weakness will only embolden regimes like China and their colleagues in their quest for world domination.
And what about us?
Sooner or later, we will find the enemy has extended their empires into our space. I can’t imagine what we will do then.
No amount of appeasement or turning a blind eye such as that being offered by our own government when they failed to join their Five Eyes colleagues in denouncing China will deter these monsters when they feel the time is right to cripple us economically just like they are trying to do in Australia at present.
Tragically, our sovereignty is at risk in a battle where not a shot will be fired.
It could have been so much different if Uncle Sam had demonstrated that at least we could trust the strategical alliances that have saved us in the past.
I’m not so sure if they offer any security anymore and that should worry us all.
Clive Bibby is a commentator, consultant, farmer and community leader, who lives in Tolaga Bay.