Australia, one of the first countries to commit troops to the war in Iraq five years ago, has ended its combat operations there.
Australian troops are due to begin returning home in a few days in line with a promise by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd who swept to power in November.
He said the previous government had abused intelligence information to justify joining the Iraq war.
“Of most concern to this government was the manner in which the decision to go to war was made: the abuse of intelligence information, a failure to disclose to the Australian people the qualified nature of that intelligence,” Mr Rudd said.
He added the public had not been told of a pre-war warning that an attack on Iraq would increase, not decrease, the terrorist threat to Australia.
(Source: BBC News)
Notice the bit I’ve put in bold:
an attack on Iraq would increase, not decrease, the terrorist threat to Australia.
If you said the above in Britain, you’d probably get banged-up for encouraging terrorism or breaking some other Big Brother law that New Labour have invented to squash dissent.
And yet, here is the new Prime Minister of Australia saying exactly what the whole global antiwar movement has been saying for the last five years.
But wait, we’ve got Gordon now!
He’s completely different from Blair. Completely! Surely, he’s coming into line with popular thinking and realising that Blair was wrong to conspire with Bush’s mad crusade?
Instead, he’s personally backing a new law that’ll allow the cops to lock up anyone for forty-two days with no charges, no proof – nothing.
Just because they don’t like the look of you.
Welcome to Britain!
Time to emigrate to Australia?