Saturday, July 23, 2005

John Howard's remarks in London

as reported in Melanie Phillips's Diary: The objective facts: July 21, 2005 ...

....on the issue of the policies of my government and indeed the policies of the British and American governments on Iraq.....once a country allows its foreign policy to be determined by terrorism, it's given the game away Australian government that I lead will ever have policies determined by terrorism or terrorist threats, and no self-respecting government of any political stripe in Australia would allow that to happen.

...the murder of 88 Australians in Bali took place before the operation in Iraq...the 11th of September occurred before the operation in Iraq.

...the very first occasion that bin Laden specifically referred to Australia was in the context of Australia's involvement in liberating the people of East Timor. Are people by implication suggesting we shouldn't have done that?

When a group claimed responsibility on the website for the attacks on the 7th of July, they talked about British policy not just in Iraq, but in Afghanistan. Are people suggesting we shouldn't be in Afghanistan?

....The objective evidence is that Australia was a terrorist target long before the operation in Iraq. ...this is about hatred of a way of life, this is about the perverted use of principles of the great world religion that, at its root, preaches peace and cooperation. ....we lose sight of the challenge we have if we allow ourselves to see these attacks in the context of particular circumstances rather than the abuse through a perverted ideology of people and their murder.

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