Australians have surrendered their fire weapons in a Government program initiated after the Port Arthur Massacre in 1996.
Considering Australia's non aggressive history and, its population being comprised of people from most nations of the earth, Australia could play a major role in mediation and advocating peace in this world rather than as America's attack dog.
Australia possesses a small military for the size of the country and Australian's famous laconic attitude expresses itself with a general acceptance of other countries and their cultures.
Australians are not an aggressive people.
However, Australia has watched its politicians voice an aggression and verbosity which is unequal to the force Australia can project.
In 2014 for instance, the world watched the then Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, promise to "Shirtfront" Russian President Vladimir Putin, in an embarrassing display of statesmanship.
The absence of Diplomacy is evident and now, we again watch Julia Bishop, keep step with this aggressive, yet empty policy.
We in the west have consistently been told that the Nth Korean Leader Kim Jong-Un and, his cadre in power are insane.
However, it seems obvious that if Iraq, Libya, or Yemen possessed nuclear weapons their history may not include being bombed or invaded by US/NATO, or, their allied forces.
This seems to be the thinking behind those 'insane' Nth Korean leaders and, based on recent historical events, that thinking seems perfectly sane.
Also, history seems to escape our politicians when commenting on these conflicts.
No one seems to remember how nearly all the infrastructure of Nth Korea was completely destroyed by the US Air Force during the Korean war.
Also, the Korean War has never officially ended and more importantly, the US forces still command the Sth Korean Armed Forces.
When taking these facts into account it's not hard to understand why mistrust exists within the Nth Korean power structure.
Politicians also seem to forget more recent history in respect to a deal that was almost secured in the 90's with Nth Korea and the Clinton Administration.
As part of that deal, Nth Korea ceased its plutonium production for eight years while waiting for the US to purchase its short range and medium range missiles. That agreement also had each country agreeing to cease any hostile intent toward each other.
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