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We must remain firm in face of terror
The Australian ^ | October 14, 2002

Posted on 10/14/2002 12:08:52 AM PDT by Dundee

Editorial: We must remain firm in face of terror

AUSTRALIA is in mourning. The sense of sorrow mixed with disbelief, outrage and fear that followed the September 11 attacks last year in New York and Washington consumes us again. Except this time terrorism has come to our doorstep, to the holiday home away from home that is Bali.

The tourist destination familiar to most of us as a safe, cheap and friendly island of tolerance and fun has been turned into a charred graveyard. Horrifying images of bodies burned beyond description, seriously injured young men and women, and the street scenes of utter devastation recall a war zone.

What the Indonesians are calling the worst act of terrorism in their country's history is an international tragedy that is especially painful for us. And we are only just beginning to grasp what has happened. Many Australians were in the nightclubs or nearby when they were bombed and casualties will be very high. Women and men from around our large country, scores of them, some of them footballers enjoying an end of season break, are dead or missing. Certainly more Australians have been killed in Bali than in any other international disaster.

Authorities are still counting the cost to human life, and will be doing so for some time. The race is on to save the lives of those injured by the bomb blasts; however, many tourists are unaccounted for. Families and friends are desperately trying to get in touch with loved ones. But it is clear that Australians, along with French, Germans, Swedes, Britons, Americans, Canadians and other foreigners as well as Indonesians have lost their lives. The death toll could rise above 200. Hundreds more have been injured, some of them critically.

The search is on for the murderers who planned this brutal attack. We cannot yet be sure whether Australians were specifically targeted. But we do know this was a terrorist attack that killed and injured mainly foreign tourists. It occurred in a non-Muslim enclave of Indonesia that is a magnet for fun-loving young Western holidaymakers.

Another bomb went off near the US consulate, adding to the sense that this was a co-ordinated attack motivated by the same kind of indiscriminate anti-Western rage that drove the murder-bombers into the World Trade Centre.

Already our own Government, some Indonesian politicians, Bush administration officials and academic experts are making the obvious connections with the same radical Islamic terrorist networks that masterminded the September 11, 2001, attacks. As Clive Williams argues in The Australian today, al-Qa'ida-linked terrorist groups are the likely Bali bombers. Jemaah Islamiyah heads the list of suspects.

The sadness is overwhelming, yet we must steel ourselves for the struggle ahead. This is a wake-up call to Australia, to our region, and to the entire civilised world to unite more strongly than ever to defeat terrorism. The Bali bombings expose the lie that the act of war on September 11, 2001, was simply an attack on Americans and American values.

Bali proves that all freedom-loving peoples are at risk from terrorism, at home and abroad. We cannot let national rivalries, domestic political differences or cynical anti-Americanism divide us. The Bali bombings should serve as a lesson to the waverers who have let their distaste for George W. Bush or knee-jerk isolationism blind them to the realities of terrorism.

No one is safe from the terrorist threat. Many have warned since September 11 that terrorism strikes innocent civilians as they go about their ordinary lives. As John Howard said yesterday, the young Australians partying at Kuta Beach's club strip were doing what young Australians will often do at this time of year: "mark the end of the sporting season with some fun in another place". Yet they were seen as legitimate targets of the terrorists.

We must resist the pressure that is already building for Australia to withdraw from its alliance with the US against terrorism, to "protect" ourselves from future attacks. This would be both disloyal and against our national interests. We are involved in a war against terrorism not because we are the US's allies but because we are a Western democratic country.

There is no coward's safety in retreating from what unites us with the Americans, the French, the British, the Canadians and the vast majority of peace-loving Muslims living in Indonesia and other parts of the world. The terrorist threat is widespread and the various fronts cannot be separated. The sickening reality is that al'Qaida has moved from Afghanistan into southeast Asia, and as far as Australia.

It is not an overstatement to say we have entered a new and dangerous phase in the war on terrorism. This is a phase that has necessarily drawn Australia and our region in to the centre of the struggle. The warning signs were coming. Days before the Bali attacks the Americans warned of signals that al-Qa'ida was regrouping.

The attacks on US Marines in Kuwait, the French tanker in Yemen and the release of an Osama bin Laden video, as well as US intelligence, pointed to this fact. Australia and the US had been pressing Indonesia to get tougher on terrorists. Clearly not enough was done.

We need to be ever more determined to root out the terrorist curse. Our anti-terrorist agreement with Indonesia is already in place. President Megawati Sukarnoputri is making the right moves and the Australian Government is drawing the right moral by refusing to back down on its anti-terrorist commitments. One focus of Australia, the US and the region should be to stabilise Indonesia. This event will be catastrophic for the world's most-populous Muslim nation.

The first consequence is economic. Bali is the centre of the nation's tourist industry, and it has remained a steady source of income as Indonesia has battled years of financial and economic instability since the Asian economic crisis of the late 1990s. Indonesians over the short and long term will pay a heavy price.

However, the Bali bombings will damage the cause of the fundamentalists even more in the eyes of ordinary Indonesians. One positive may be that Ms Megawati will be emboldened and have the political and public support to clamp down once and for all on Islamic extremists within Indonesia linked to terrorism.

The naysayers are using this terrible event to try to talk down Australia's openness to involvement in any military action against Iraq. But we must keep the focus on terrorism and al-Qa'ida. The terrorists in New York and Washington had planes. In Bali they had car bombs. The destruction would be unthinkable if these same terrorists had weapons of mass destruction courtesy of Saddam Hussein. We cannot not lose our nerve. Instead we should continue, and even intensify, our program to eliminate terrorism.


TOPICS: Editorial; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: australia; bali; terror
We must resist the pressure that is already building for Australia to withdraw from its alliance with the US against terrorism, to "protect" ourselves from future attacks. This would be both disloyal and against our national interests. We are involved in a war against terrorism not because we are the US's allies but because we are a Western democratic country.

The naysayers are using this terrible event to try to talk down Australia's openness to involvement in any military action against Iraq. But we must keep the focus on terrorism and al-Qa'ida. The terrorists in New York and Washington had planes. In Bali they had car bombs. The destruction would be unthinkable if these same terrorists had weapons of mass destruction courtesy of Saddam Hussein. We cannot not lose our nerve. Instead we should continue, and even intensify, our program to eliminate terrorism.

As an Australian, as an officer of the Australian Navy, I can say the horror and anger we all felt on 9/11 is burning anew in our hearts.

In peace, we are a friendly and relaxed people.

In war, we are these bastards worst nightmare.

1 posted on 10/14/2002 12:08:53 AM PDT by Dundee
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To: Dundee
So sorry for your loss and all Aussies who lost loved ones. I lived in Sale and Perth in the early 70's and agian in the 80's. I know the Aussies can take care of business when provoked. Hate to say this under the circumstances, but welcome to the war that began on 9-11-01.

We'll be praying for you.
2 posted on 10/14/2002 12:15:33 AM PDT by seeker41
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To: Dundee
Another terrible tragedy. The 9-11 attack, the French tanker that was blown up and now this.

Is this enough for world to realize that we are all at risk and we must join forces to defeat the terrorists?

3 posted on 10/14/2002 12:22:06 AM PDT by Vicki
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To: Dundee
This editorial is probably the best i've read in The Australian.Those leftist/muslim 'anti-war' protesters can no longer be just called anti-American,they're now also anti-Australian.
4 posted on 10/14/2002 12:27:17 AM PDT by armed_in_sydney
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To: Dundee; shaggy eel; Byron_the_Aussie; JohnHuang2; Pokey78; MeeknMing
<< In peace, we are a friendly and relaxed people.

In war, we are these bastards worst nightmare. >>

We Americans, we ANZACs, we Israelis, we Singaporeans even are, Right Now, these bastards very very very worst bloody nightmare!

We are at war and we can and will project our creativity, our inovation, our productivity, our industry and our wrath and our might to wherever on Earth it is needed.

And we will prevail.

FReegards -- Brian
5 posted on 10/14/2002 12:27:39 AM PDT by Brian Allen
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To: Dundee
Before 9/11 we did not know our enemy. After 9/11 we knew.

Until today we did not know our enemy was like serpent coiling about the globe and striking the innocents abroad and at home.

The image the most horrid image of the exposed young woman laid bare in death with bodies about her conveys the soul of our enemy. He is evil without mercy nor quarter.

This enemy must die. When he asks for quarter he must die. When he begs for mercy he must die. When he accepts his fate he must die. When there are none left to beg for mercy the battle is ended.

6 posted on 10/14/2002 12:31:56 AM PDT by cpdiii
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To: Dundee
Thanks for the post. Its been a hard 13 months... It's going to get worse before it gets better.

We will never forget.
7 posted on 10/14/2002 1:07:17 AM PDT by DB
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To: Brian Allen; Dundee
Bump for later read....


8 posted on 10/14/2002 3:22:28 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP
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To: cpdiii; Dundee
<< This enemy must die. When he asks for quarter he must die. When he begs for mercy he must die. When he accepts his fate he must die. ONLY when there are none left to beg for mercy the battle is ended. >>

Amen.

With Y'All until my last breath.
9 posted on 10/14/2002 3:50:19 AM PDT by Brian Allen
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To: MeeknMing
Bump!
10 posted on 10/14/2002 3:50:48 AM PDT by Brian Allen
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To: Dundee
Well good for you. Let us hope your British cousins remain as steadfast. I note some commentary in Britain urging withdrawal lest they also become targets. How those folks ever established an empire is beyond all understanding.
11 posted on 10/14/2002 3:56:57 AM PDT by DugwayDuke
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To: Dundee
Bump!
12 posted on 10/14/2002 4:17:21 AM PDT by Rocko
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To: Dundee
Bali proves that all freedom-loving peoples are at risk from terrorism, at home and abroad. We cannot let national rivalries, domestic political differences or cynical anti-Americanism divide us. The Bali bombings should serve as a lesson to the waverers who have let their distaste for George W. Bush or knee-jerk isolationism blind them to the realities of terrorism.

Anti-Americanism? In Austrailia? Why would anyone in Austrailia be anti-American? I don't think anyone is anti-Aussie here?

ML/NJ

13 posted on 10/14/2002 4:50:51 AM PDT by ml/nj
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To: Brian Allen; ali-g; anapikoros; apokatastasis; armed_in_sydney; Aussie-brother; Banksia; ...
So sorry this has happened to our good ally, the Austrailians.

Pinging those from Down Under. The united call against Terrorism must go out after the grieving is done:

Let's Roll !!





14 posted on 10/14/2002 5:58:46 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP
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To: All
Oops !! My apologies to all for the misspell on "Australia".....
15 posted on 10/14/2002 6:01:03 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP
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To: Brian Allen; Dundee; Snow Bunny; Alamo-Girl; onyx; Republican Wildcat; Howlin; Fred Mertz; ...
We must remain firm in face of terror

Excerpt:

The sadness is overwhelming, yet we must steel ourselves for the struggle ahead. This is a wake-up call to Australia, to our region, and to the entire civilised world to unite more strongly than ever to defeat terrorism. The Bali bombings expose the lie that the act of war on September 11, 2001, was simply an attack on Americans and American values.

Bali proves that all freedom-loving peoples are at risk from terrorism, at home and abroad. We cannot let national rivalries, domestic political differences or cynical anti-Americanism divide us. The Bali bombings should serve as a lesson to the waverers who have let their distaste for George W. Bush or knee-jerk isolationism blind them to the realities of terrorism.

No one is safe from the terrorist threat. Many have warned since September 11 that terrorism strikes innocent civilians as they go about their ordinary lives. As John Howard said yesterday, the young Australians partying at Kuta Beach's club strip were doing what young Australians will often do at this time of year: "mark the end of the sporting season with some fun in another place". Yet they were seen as legitimate targets of the terrorists.

We must resist the pressure that is already building for Australia to withdraw from its alliance with the US against terrorism, to "protect" ourselves from future attacks. This would be both disloyal and against our national interests. We are involved in a war against terrorism not because we are the US's allies but because we are a Western democratic country.



Please let me know if you want ON or OFF my General Interest ping list!. . .don't be shy.

16 posted on 10/14/2002 6:09:50 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP
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To: armed_in_sydney
Those leftist/muslim 'anti-war' protesters can no longer be just called anti-American,they're now also anti-Australian.

In America we have our own anti-Americans. The "just pretend it's OK and they'll go away" crowd. But most know we have to deal with Muslim world-wide terrorism because it will only get worse otherwise. Funny how we didn't give a flip about Islam until they so forceably brought themselves to our attention.

17 posted on 10/14/2002 6:44:27 AM PDT by xJones
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To: MeeknMing

bali hai

most people live on a lonely island lost in the middle of a foggy sea most people long for another island one where they know they would like to be

bali ha'i may call you any night any day in your heart you'll hear it call you: "come away, come away."

bali ha'i will whisper on the wind of the sea "here am i, your special island! come to me, come to me."

your own special hopes your own special dreams bloom on the hillside and shine in the streams

if you try you'll find me where the sky meets the sea "here am i, your special island! come to me, come to me!"

bali ha'i bali ha'i bali ha'i

"someday you'll see me floating in the sunshine my head sticking out from a low-flying cloud you'll hear me call you singing through the sunshine sweet and clear as can be come to me here am i come to me!"

bali ha'i will whisper on the wind of the sea "here am i, your special island! come to me, come to me."

bali ha'i bali ha'i bali ha'i

original lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II original music by Richard Rodgers from the musical, South Pacific (1949)

This song to me is about the beauty of Bali, the wonder of life and the promise of everlasting life.

"We must remain firm in the face of terror" to protect and preserve the wonder of life in our country and around the globe. We've got a lot of praying to do, meek.

18 posted on 10/14/2002 7:28:13 AM PDT by floriduh voter
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To: Dundee
Please see #18. Fregards, FV
19 posted on 10/14/2002 7:30:26 AM PDT by floriduh voter
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To: Dundee
Dundee, please know that we mourn with you. My heart aches for your people and this horrible nightmare that's been delivered.

May God welcome those young souls home and may he give comfort to their families.

20 posted on 10/14/2002 7:39:11 AM PDT by McGavin999
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To: cpdiii
This enemy must die. When he asks for quarter he must die. When he begs for mercy he must die. When he accepts his fate he must die. When there are none left to beg for mercy the battle is ended...

From your lips to "Spooky's" ears! With this vermin, there is no possibility to "trust - but verify," since they have consistently proven themselves to be wholly untrustworthy. Granting quarter or suspension of combat is perfectly acceptable action whenever you're dealing with a courageous and reasonable foe, but these sacks of dung hardly qualify. ANYONE who purposefully targets the weak, unsuspecting, and innocent is orders of magnitude beneath contempt, and deserves NO consideration at all - only annihilation, period.

21 posted on 10/14/2002 7:43:13 AM PDT by MarineDad
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To: xJones
Funny how we didn't give a flip about Islam until they so forceably brought themselves to our attention.

An interesting measure of it's impact on civilization outside of terrorism. The world WON'T miss it...

22 posted on 10/14/2002 7:45:28 AM PDT by MarineDad
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To: Dundee
At War With EVIL(Posted By Freeper GaryMontana)

What did we (in America) learn from September 11, 2001 and the deaths of 3,000 people. I am tempted to admit: Absolutely nothing.

Among the many unlearned lessons of Day-Which-Will-Live-In-Infamy-II-- the necessity to control our borders, the need for a patriotic renewal and the importance of combating multiculturalism -- the most significant is the nature of Islam. You will note that I do not say militant Islam, or radical Islam, or Islamic extremism or other such weasel words – but Islam, period.

Every one of the hijackers who flew airliners into the World Trade Center and Pentagon were professing and practicing Moslems, as is Osama bin Laden. The Al Qaeda terrorist network, is based in Moslem countries and supported financially by the so called pious Moslem leadership of Saudi Arabia.

The overwhelming majority of Moslem religious authorities who have spoken out on the subject, including those at the main mosque in Mecca and Egypt’s prestigious Al Azar University, either endorse or rationalize acts of terrorism. On a day when Americans were incinerated or buried under tons of rubble, Muslims from Nigeria to Indonesia, celebrated in the streets.

Sept. 11 was one chapter in a 1400-year jihad. Every day, the World Trade Center massacre is reenacted on a smaller scale somewhere in the world. Jewish women and children are burned alive in a bus in Israel. A missionary is beheaded in the Philippines, gunmen shoot up a church in Pakistan (deliberately firing into the prostrate bodies of women trying to shield their children). Ancient monasteries and convents are destroyed in Kosovo. Women are sentenced to death for adultery in Nigeria, Hindus are murdered in the Kashmir. In Denmark, the Muslim community there has put a $30,000 bounty on the heads of Jews and those who support Israel. Nuns are beheaded in Baghdad, Christians in Sudan are forced into slavery, and in Britain, Islam openly states it is going to take over not only the UK, but the whole world -- and the beat goes on.

Genocide in the Sudan, ethnic cleansing in the Balkans, religious persecution in Saudi Arabia, calls for another holocaust in mosques from Mecca to Gaza, the imposition of Islamic law in Nigeria, forced conversions in Indonesia, synagogues burned in France, Jews attacked across Europe – these are everyday events, as Third World and much of the First slowly turns Islamic green.

Sadly our leaders, from President Bush on down, insist on peddling the absurdity that Islam is a religion of peace – a creed of kindness and benevolence tragically and inexplicably corrupted by fanatics.

Why is the leadership of the West reluctant to confront manifest reality? The reason lies partly with our absurd foreign policy. We have declared certain Moslem nations to be our loyal allies – including Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Jordan. We would not want to offend these dear friends by saying something unflattering about their bloody, butcherly, dark ages faith.

Americans are naturally benevolent. Most of us are taught from childhood that is religion is good (and it does not matter which religion). As long as little Johnny believes in God and goodness, it’s inconsequential whether he lights candles, wears a skull cap to services or prays in the direction of Mecca.

This works with every religion except Islam.

Consider the following: Of the three major western religions: one was started by a lawgiver who helped to free slaves; one by a man of peace; the last one by a man who loved war and having sex with children. Mohammed not only led men into battle, he enjoyed marrying girls as young as six years old (it is in the Koran). The essence of his message is sick and disgusting. A holy war where you slaughter your enemies, while at the same time encouraging followers to have sex with the children they capture (as he did) for the glory of Allah. He even advised his followers to negotiate false peace treaties in order to lull their enemies.

For almost 1,400 years, that has been the reality of Islam. Within a century after the death of Mohammed, Islam spread throughout the Middle East and across North Africa. It overran the Iberian peninsula and was finally stopped in southern France. It spread eastward as far as the southern Philippines. It was not propagated by fresh-faced young men knocking on doors and announcing: “Hello. I’m from your local mosque. Have you considered the Koran?” It was and is spread by force – conversion by the sword or death. This is still in practice today.

Some will respond that all religions go through periods of violence, usually in their infancy. Christianity had its crusades and Inquisition, its forced conversions and expulsions. The evil committed in the name of Christ happened centuries ago. The evil committed in the name of the Prophet is going on now, as you read these words. Of 22 conflicts in the Third World, 20 involve Moslems versus someone else. Coincidence? In his brilliant book, “Clash of Cultures and the Remaking of World Order,” Samuel Huntington speaks of Islam’s “bloody borders.”

There is no Methodist Jihad, no Jewish Hasidic holy warriors, no Buddhist monk wanting to have 72 virgins waiting for him after a suicide bombing, no Hindu Holy men plotting to blow up people, no Southern Baptist suicide bombers, no Mormon elders preaching the annihilation of members of other faiths.

Islam is a warrior religion – the perfect vessel for fanatics, the violence-prone, the envious and haters of all stripes. This is one reason why Islam is making so many converts among the peaceable denizens of our prison system.

Still, much of the West is addicted to a fairy-tale version of Islam. Christian and Jewish clergy fall all over themselves to have interfaith services with imams. Representatives of Moslem groups are invited to the White House. The president signs a Ramadan declaration. In California, public schools ask children to role-play at being Moslems. Our universities take carefully selected verses from the Koran and present them as the essence of the faith. All that’s needed is a Moslem character on “Sesame Street.” Look – it’s the Jihad Monster!

This perspective engenders a fatally false sense of security. Imagine, in 1940, Winston Churchill taking to the airwaves to announce “Nazism is an ideology of peace which, regrettably, has been perverted by a few fanatics like Hitler and Goebbels. But most storm troopers and SS men are fine follows – your friends and neighbors.”

For the first thousand years of its history – from the death of Mohammad to the 17th. century decline of the Ottoman empire, Islam was an expansionist force. For the next 300 years, as the West rose to preeminence, Islam receded. For the past four decades – fueled by Arab oil wealth, a surplus population in the Middle East, the waning of the West and the rise of more virulent strains of the faith (Shiism, Wahhabism, Sunni fundamentalism) – Islam is expanding once more.

Due to Moslem immigration and aggressive proselytizing, Islam is being exported to the West. Moslem populations are burgeoning throughout Western Europe. (In southern France, there are more mosques than churches.) In Judeo-Christian America, Islam is the fastest growing religion. It is also spreading down the coast of West Africa, through the Balkans (after Serbia, Macedonia is the next target) and up from Mindanao in the Philippines.

Wherever it comes, Islam brings its delightful customs – child marriages, female circumcisions, rabid hatred toward Christians, Hindus, Jews, Buddhists and every other non-muslim, terrorism and support for terrorism and a virulent intolerance of other faiths.

Am I suggesting we declare war on over 1 billion million Moslems? The question is moot – Islam has declared war on the rest of the human race. When one side knows it’s at war and the other thinks peace and brotherhood prevail, guess who wins?

Ultimately, it is not about Jews in Israel, or Orthodox Serbs in Kosovo, or Hindus in Kashmir, Buddhists in Thailand, or Maronite Catholics in Lebanon, Taoists in China, or Christians in Sudan and Nigeria, but all of us. As Ben Franklin would have it – Either we will hang together, or surely we shall all hang separately.

23 posted on 10/14/2002 7:47:12 AM PDT by blam
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To: MarineDad
An interesting measure of it's impact on civilization outside of terrorism.

True, try to name famous Muslim scientists, doctors, artists, humanitarians, etc. of the last 500 years. And the worst result for them is that since we've been investigating Islam after 9/ll, we've been disgusted for the most part. It was not a good move for them to crawl out from under their rocks.

24 posted on 10/14/2002 7:58:24 AM PDT by xJones
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To: Dundee
Mourning with you. The only exception I take is the use of the term "legitimate" targets. Terrorism has no legitimate targets, only helpless, unarmed victims.
25 posted on 10/14/2002 8:02:32 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: floriduh voter
Beautiful picture and post. Thanks !
26 posted on 10/14/2002 8:04:13 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP
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To: xJones
It was not a good move for them to crawl out from under their rocks.

For its PR value, certainly. But it does make it a lot easier to blow their damned heads off when they crawl out to take a peek. Crosshairs Ho!

27 posted on 10/14/2002 8:24:02 AM PDT by MarineDad
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To: Dundee
As an Australian, as an officer of the Australian Navy, I can say the horror and anger we all felt on 9/11 is burning anew in our hearts.

In peace, we are a friendly and relaxed people.

In war, we are these bastards worst nightmare.

Hell hath NO fury like a p*ssed off Aussie.

To our Friends and allies in Australia - America is with you, we share in your pain and mourning. I am as horrified and saddened by what happened to your countrymen in Bali, as I was on Sept. 11th, 2001 when more than 3,000 innocent civilians from all over the world perished at the hands of these evil terrorists.

With every act of terrorism these Muslim Radical's commit, then increase the resolve of civilized nations to act against them. They are biting off more than they can chew.

Together, the civilized nations of the world will hunt down, and hold accountable - the monsters who committed this despicable act of terrorism - nay war - upon us.

Their souls may belong to the Devil, but vengeance will be ours.

God Bless and keep our friends in Australia.

28 posted on 10/14/2002 8:29:44 AM PDT by usconservative
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To: MeeknMing; Dundee
My prayers are with you and your nation.

The UN, the Euorpean community and our liberals here at home are wallowing in their anti war rhetoric, long past time they wake up to reality... war has been declared. Maybe I have missed it, but besides Britian I have not read or heard any news of the European reaction to this attack.

29 posted on 10/14/2002 9:52:45 AM PDT by DKNY
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To: MeeknMing
If it makes even one person feel better, I'm glad you liked my post.

I believe that stereotypical, stodgy conservatives are a thing of the past, making way for more spiritual sorts, like President Bush.

30 posted on 10/14/2002 11:03:02 AM PDT by floriduh voter
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To: blam; MeeknMing
Ya Got That Right!
31 posted on 10/14/2002 12:04:38 PM PDT by lds23
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To: DKNY
Here's an article that MadIvan posted, but it's more of a factual report by the BBC:

Al-Qaeda blamed for Bali bombing (NO SURPRISE ALERT)

32 posted on 10/14/2002 12:59:21 PM PDT by MeekOneGOP
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To: floriduh voter

33 posted on 10/14/2002 1:50:28 PM PDT by MeekOneGOP
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To: lds23; blam
It's all one-sided, it's true....

There is no Methodist Jihad, no Jewish Hasidic holy warriors, no Buddhist monk wanting to have 72 virgins waiting for him after a suicide bombing, no Hindu Holy men plotting to blow up people, no Southern Baptist suicide bombers, no Mormon elders preaching the annihilation of members of other faiths.

34 posted on 10/14/2002 1:59:48 PM PDT by MeekOneGOP
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To: MeeknMing
DEATH TO ISLAM! ISLAM IS DEATH! RELIGION OF PIECES!.....Having said that....I feel much better now. Seriously though , we do need to blow the hell out of every Fundamental Islamic Dictatorship on the face of the Planet. Kill 'EM All......Let Allah sort them out.
35 posted on 10/14/2002 2:07:27 PM PDT by Delbert
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To: floriduh voter
Beautiful, and incredibly sad.

To our Aussie friends: sorrow will turn to anger, and anger to resolve.

We will never forget.

36 posted on 10/14/2002 2:48:29 PM PDT by browardchad
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To: browardchad
Yes, it's all very sad and we will never forget. Peace through strength.
37 posted on 10/14/2002 3:33:48 PM PDT by floriduh voter
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To: MeeknMing
The destruction would be unthinkable if these same terrorists had weapons of mass destruction courtesy of Saddam Hussein. We cannot not lose our nerve. Instead we should continue, and even intensify, our program to eliminate terrorism.

Excellent point.

Thanks for the ping, Meek.

38 posted on 10/14/2002 7:23:00 PM PDT by Victoria Delsoul
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To: Victoria Delsoul
Thank you.......
39 posted on 10/15/2002 12:15:16 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP
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To: Dundee
"Bali proves that all freedom-loving peoples are at risk from terrorism, at home and abroad. We cannot let national rivalries, domestic political differences or cynical anti-Americanism divide us. The Bali bombings should serve as a lesson to the waverers who have let their distaste for George W. Bush or knee-jerk isolationism blind them to the realities of terrorism."

Great editorial Dundee. Thanks for posting.

I hope that more and more people see that anti-Americanism is the knee jerk reaction (in the form of scapegoating the victims) the terrorists are going for.

It is an issue of freedom. We got it and they hate it.

I wonder how long it will take the Canadian government namely the Prime Minister to wake up. Probably AFTER they bomb Toronto...

40 posted on 10/15/2002 10:12:01 AM PDT by Trouble North of the Border
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To: MeeknMing
Thanks for the ping.

Its tragic - for Australia its proportional to the numbers killed in S11.

Australia needed a wake-up call but not a disaster of such magnitude. Short of an attack on the Oz mainland, the symbolic effect of Kuta Beach, a place of pilgrimage to many young Australians, is hard to imagine.

41 posted on 10/15/2002 5:59:10 PM PDT by anapikoros
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