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Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Taking the pulse

If it's still unclear why America's worldwide image is at rock bottom, read on. Torture is encouraged in the land of the free because, well, accountability is non-existent and terrorism must be defeated.

The result? The global superpower is destined for disaster. Even the New York Times is worried:

"After President Bush's disastrous visit to Latin America, it's unnerving to realize that his presidency still has more than three years to run. An administration with no agenda and no competence would be hard enough to live with on the domestic front. But the rest of the world simply can't afford an American government this bad for that long."

Hatred of American policies has never been higher. Bush can barely travel anywhere without massive protests.

There must be some poetic justice somewhere.

Of course, this doesn't bother our terrorist-defeating Prime Minister, John Howard. His political opportunism is boundless, so never forget the following, courtesy of Margo Kingston:

"The abuse of the Australian people and the use of our fears as playthings for his political advantage continued today, when Howard called a press conference to say nothing in particular about the overnight raids, in which a man was shot, but which ensured his face appears as part of TV news packages on the story tonight. His political timing again strangely perfectly tuned to his police arm's actions, Howard smiled throughout, including when he asserted, in the face of mountains of evidence during his reign, that Australia's Commonwealth law enforcement agencies - the ones he's stacked at the top with yes men and favourites - acted independently of the Government. Chilling."

We should be alert and bloody alarmed.

2 Comments:

Blogger Pete's Blog said...

The good news is bombings may have been averted which we should appreciate. The police/ASIO actions were almost wholly based on existing anti-terror legislation that is years old (with the exception of the "a" delete "the" amendment made last week). But the bad news is that Howard benefits in times of threat.

The greatest pity, allowing this repeditive phenomenon, is that Beazeley can't lead an agenda against the anti terror proposals or other major issues so its left to little plebs like us (and Bob Brown) to do it.

I think the thin squad of doers in the Labor Party take the oath of a "loyal" opposition too far.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005 12:55:00 am  
Blogger Shabadoo said...

Love that "in which a man was shot" phrasing - completely divorced from the fact that he opened fire on cops outside a mosque!

Wednesday, November 09, 2005 7:28:00 am  

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