Buckley, Ian: Australia’s foreign wars, Boer to Iraq

Ian Buckley

‘”Australia’s foreign wars: origins, costs, future?! and other essays”‘, Honest History, 4 August 2015

While we have categorised this as one post, it actually links to a trove of articles by this deep-thinking now 90-year-old. (The author made the articles available to us in a different format, but we have reverted to the link to The British Empire website. HH 2020) Eleven articles, written mostly in the early 2000s, address our wars from Boer to Iraq, in well-organised essays with detailed bibliographies and appendices. There is also some general material on alliances and security. Among the material, we noticed this from an article written in 2005:

Now if in the event of a US-China conflict, our government went along with the idea of Australia “doing its share of the dirty work” as a way of guaranteeing its future security (as happened over Vietnam, the Gulf War, and more recently, the War on Iraq) that would be in defiance of morality, of key historical lessons, of our own true interests. It is well to remember that while superpowers want, indeed, expect support from lesser powers, they don’t need to return favours.

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Chinese_troops_leaving_KoreaChinese troops leaving Korea, 1958 (Wikimedia Commons)

Ian Buckley was born in 1925 and served in the RAAF during World War II. He qualified MB BS at the University of Melbourne, then went on to complete a PhD in experimental pathology, before working in laboratories in Melbourne and the United States and then for more than twenty years as a Senior Fellow at the John Curtin School of Medical Research, ANU, Canberra. Since retirement he was written a number of articles and he has a particular interest in the causes of war.

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