Wednesday, March 24, 2004

Yassin assassination spells five kinds of trouble for the West: "[Counter-terrorism Tsar] Clarke savages Bush for using al-Qaeda cynically as an opportunity to take the wholly unrelated action of invading Iraq. Clarke goes on to say that Bush 'launched an unnecessary and costly war in Iraq that strengthened the fundamentalist, radical Islamic terrorist movement worldwide'.

"In Australia, the Howard Government has been desperately resisting the common sense that by invading Iraq it made Australia a bigger target for terrorists. John Howard has lost that struggle. Newspoll found yesterday that 65 per cent of Australians believe that involvement in the Iraq war increased the chances of a terrorist attack. The proportion in Britain is 75 per cent."

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