Australian pääministeri Howard Lontoon iskuista

Suomessakin jotkut ovat esittäneet näkökannan, että Britannian viimeaikaiset terroristi-iskut johtuisivat Britannian osallistumisesta Irakin sotaan. Johtopäätöksenä tästä väitteestä tuntuisi olevan, että iskuja ei olisi tapahtunut mikäli Britannia ei olisi osallistunut sotaan. Tämä väite on tietystikin täydellistä hölynpölyä ja osoittaa heikkoa kykyä muistaa päivämääriä.

Oheinen Australian pääministerin kommentti summeeraa tilanteen poikkeuksellisen hyvin.

PRIME MIN. HOWARD: Could I start by saying the prime minister [Blair] and I were having a discussion when we heard about it. My first reaction was to get some more information. And I really don't want to add to what the prime minister has said. It's a matter for the police and a matter for the British authorities to talk in detail about what has happened here.

Can I just say very directly, Paul, on the issue of the policies of my government and indeed the policies of the British and American governments on Iraq, that the first point of reference is that once a country allows its foreign policy to be determined by terrorism, it's given the game away, to use the vernacular. And no 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.

Can I remind you that the murder of 88 Australians in Bali took place before the operation in Iraq.

And I remind you that the 11th of September occurred before the operation in Iraq.

Can I also remind you that 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?

When Sergio de Mello was murdered in Iraq -- a brave man, a distinguished international diplomat, a person immensely respected for his work in the United Nations -- when al Qaeda gloated about that, they referred specifically to the role that de Mello had carried out in East Timor because he was the United Nations administrator in East Timor.

Now I don't know the mind of the terrorists. By definition, you can't put yourself in the mind of a successful suicide bomber. I can only look at objective facts, and the objective facts are as I've cited. The objective evidence is that Australia was a terrorist target long before the operation in Iraq. And indeed, all the evidence, as distinct from the suppositions, suggests to me that 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. And I think 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.

PRIME MIN. BLAIR: And I agree 100 percent with that. (Laughter.)



Humanismin kuolema

Hämmentävää miten pitkälle ihmiset ovat valmiita alentamaan inhimillisyytensä voidakseen kokea olevansa oikeassa. Jani Uusitalo kirjoittaa blogissaan: "Minä olen niitä ihmisiä, jotka hiljaa mielessään tuulettivat ja itkivät ilon kyyneleitä, kun kuvat pilvenpiirtäjiin syöksyvistä lentokoneista täyttivät telkkarit."

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Lontoon iskut

Chris Hitchens kirjoittaa karun totuuden Islamilaisen terrorismin tavoitteista: "We know very well what the "grievances" of the jihadists are.

The grievance of seeing unveiled women. The grievance of the existence, not of the State of Israel, but of the Jewish people. The grievance of the heresy of democracy, which impedes the imposition of sharia law. The grievance of a work of fiction written by an Indian living in London. The grievance of the existence of black African Muslim farmers, who won't abandon lands in Darfur. The grievance of the existence of homosexuals. The grievance of music, and of most representational art. The grievance of the existence of Hinduism. The grievance of East Timor's liberation from Indonesian rule. All of these have been proclaimed as a licence to kill infidels or apostates, or anyone who just gets in the way.

FOR a few moments yesterday, Londoners received a taste of what life is like for the people of Iraq and Afghanistan, whose Muslim faith does not protect them from slaughter at the hands of those who think they are not Muslim enough, or are the wrong Muslim.

It is a big mistake to believe this is an assault on "our" values or "our" way of life. It is, rather, an assault on all civilisation."