Saturday, September 11, 2004

Australia vs. Terrorism

Australia, Thank you for being a part of the "coalition of the willing" in Iraq.

"If there is some intimation in there that we ought to alter our approach, our foreign policy approach, because we might be being targeted I have to say that is just not the way to overcome evil of this sort.
"It may be that those of us who have been particularly prepared to stand up (in Iraq) will be identified (as targets)."
Mr Anderson said it was important that the election campaign avoided a debate on the merits of withdrawing troops from Iraq.
"Terrorism knows no bounds ... we want it to be safe everywhere."
He said the Government stood on its record in terms of anti-terror measures.
"Plainly our record is out there - we have taken a very vigorous approach on this issue," he said.
"I don't think anybody thinks we are likely to change our approach."
Opposition frontbencher Simon Crean said this morning the Jakarta bombing "should strengthen our resolve to attack terrorism and to ensure we have got a much more secure region".

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