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Thursday, August 04, 2005

Be very alarmed

Attorney General Philip Ruddock continues his irresponsible comments and says that Australians should be nervous about a terrorist attack on home soil. With a recent report stating that there are around 60 suspected Islamic extremists in Australia, Ruddock gives no indication of what his government is doing to stop these supposed extremists.

Creating fear is so easy in the current environment. And the Howard government are masters at the game. They take no responsibility for their own foreign adventures, argue that deployments in Timor, Iraq or Afghanistan have played no part whatsoever in the increased risk and publicly talk tough against "terrorists". So why is Australia so hated? Who are these people? Merely ideologues determined to see the end of our liberal way of life? Hardly, but labelling a group or individual as irrational and mad is so much easier than examining one's own actions.

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Blogger Andjam said...

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Thursday, August 04, 2005 6:28:00 pm  
Blogger Andjam said...

I'm glad to see you putting East Timor in the same column as Afghanistan and Iraq, unlike before.

Bin Laden and co attacks countries that did and didn't support war with Iraq, Afghanistan and peace-keeping with East Timor.

If they are rational and sane, name five countries they will not attack.

Thursday, August 04, 2005 6:29:00 pm  
Blogger Shabadoo said...

Pot, meet kettle. Kettle, pot.

Sheesh, Ant, you're such a hypocrite...you and all your lefty pals do nothing but run around like little girls shrieking "OOOOH! WE UPSET THE MUSLIMS BY TAKING OUT SADDAM HUSSEIN! EEEEK EEEEK EEEEK! THEY GONNA BLOW UPS UP NOW BUT GOOD! BETTER DO WHAT THEY SAY! DOWN WITH AMERICA! UP WITH SHARIA!". That, my self-loathing pal, is stirring up fear, especially with all your loyal mates in lefty newsrooms.

Friday, August 05, 2005 8:40:00 am  
Blogger evan jones said...

Shabadoo should go back to school.
The US has been steadily undermining secular regimes and movements in Arab and Muslim countries (Afganistan being a recent exemplar) while propping up the granddaddy of reactionary Islam - Saudi Arabia.
It's your mates, Shab, that have nurtured the people and beliefs that you now find dangerous.

Friday, August 05, 2005 8:53:00 am  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...

Thank you, Evan, for talking sense.
But, you see, for people like Shabadoo logic means nothing. It's all about today and the now. History has no meaning. Besides, supporting the US, no matter what, is a default position.
No imagination, sadly...

Friday, August 05, 2005 10:08:00 am  
Blogger weezil said...

Real hypocrites are so buried in their foolish ways of thought that they can't imagine the angelic anglo-Crosstians could POSSIBLY bear any fault in the current state of affairs.

'The mussies just HATE us! They're JEALOUS of OUR FREEDOM and our way of life!'

Yeah, that makes some sense... but only if you believe that if you do not intend to offend, it is thus impossible to offend.

Of course, all the lefties are wrong! Why? CLEARLY, BECAUSE THEY'RE LEFTIES!

Mmm... yeah, okay.

Oh, and by the way, don't miss the Australian incarnation of the American 'MoveOn' group. See http://www.getup.org.au

-weez

Friday, August 05, 2005 10:22:00 am  
Blogger Rich Bowden said...

Howard's great skill (assisted by a compliant media) has been to manipulate the facts surrounding issues and, as Antony states,creating fear and division.

Nowhere is this more relevant than East Timor where he, and his servile ministers, have constantly mentioned the intervention into the country as one of the Howard Government's great foreign policy achievements.

However, according to the book "Reluctant Saviour" (Clinton Fernandes) the truth is that a combination of Australian public and eventual US Government pressure forced him to overturn his (and Australia's) long-standing sycophantic policy towards the Indonesians and their genocidal policy towards the Timorese.

Rather than be shown as having to be dragged "kicking and screaming" into the Timor intervention, the media has allowed Howard to skilfully portray himself as a type of regional hero and liberator.

The Government avoided intervening in East Timor until forced to act ignoring overwhelming evidence of Indonesian-supported attacks yet was embarrasing in its jubilant support of the Iraq invasion.

Why the difference?

Saturday, August 06, 2005 11:04:00 am  
Blogger Andjam said...

The US has been steadily undermining secular regimes and movements in Arab and Muslim countries (Afganistan being a recent exemplar)

You regard the Taliban as a secular regime? Remind me not to ask what you regard as Islamist.

But, you see, for people like Shabadoo logic means nothing.

If you're so big on logic, why haven't you tried your hand at predicting five countries that won't be attacked by Al-Qaeda?

Nowhere is this more relevant than East Timor where he, and his servile ministers, have constantly mentioned the intervention into the country as one of the Howard Government's great foreign policy achievements.

The logic-based community might wonder about the coherency of complaining that intervening in East Timor increased the risk of terrorism and also complaining about the reluctance of Howard intervening in East Timor.

Monday, August 08, 2005 11:25:00 am  

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