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Monday, July 26, 2004

Australia will ignore terror threat

Good news from the Aussies. An Al-Qaeda subsidary is threatening Australia with attacks if Australia does not withdraw her troops from Iraq immediately. Here's the response of Australian Prime Minister John Howard:

"We are still investigating the authenticity and relevance of that body, but we will not take any notice of threats of that kind," Prime Minister John Howard, a close ally of President Bush, told reporters in Sydney on Monday.

"We will not parlay and negotiate with terrorists and I believe the overwhelming majority of the Australian public will agree with us," said Howard, who sent 2,000 troops to the U.S.-led war on Iraq.


Furthermore, here is Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer pointing out how the cowardice of Spain and the Philippines has only enabled the terrorists:

"What they have done in these two cases is accede to the demands of the terrorists. And in those circumstances, if you accede to the demands of terrorists, all you do is embolden them to continue the strategy," he told Australian radio on Monday.


Good for Australia, especially since they've lost so many in the Bali bombings last year. History will judge Prime Minister Howard well for this stand.

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