Rudd’s first international challenge?

by Gramfan on January 15, 2008

in Afghanistan, Australia, censorship, counterjihad, Gramfan (team member), Islamic terrorism, mainstream media, Scandinavia/Nordic region, Shari'a, Taliban

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Australia’s new Labour PM, Kevin Rudd, faces his first international challenge

There has been (yet another) suicide-terrorist attack:
this time in Kabul.

It took place at the five star Serena Hotel and left seven people dead. I think “murdered” is a more appropriate word and it is unfortunate that the appropriate vocabulary isn’t used.

One wonders how de-sensitised we have become, and how frequently we miss the “spin” that certain words convey. As it turns out the Australian Embassy is located at this hotel. None of the embassy staff were hurt, thankfully.

PM Rudd strongly condemned this act of terrorism as one would expect of any leader.

He is currently re-appraising the security concerns for the embassy staff and other personnel. The Australian Ambassador lives there also. Mr Rudd was recently in Afghanistan – about three weeks ago.

Brigadier Andrew Nikolic puts it well:

“We have well-established procedures to account for our people in operational areas, allowing us to confirm quite quickly after the explosion that all Australian personnel were safe,” Defence spokesman Brigadier Andrew Nikolic said in a statement.

“This is just an example of the Taliban’s ruthless and indiscriminate actions, which threaten innocent people.”

He is not mincing his words.

Neither is our new Opposition leader, Dr Brendan Nelson:

“Opposition Leader Brendan Nelson, who stayed in the hotel when he was defence minister, told Fairfax Radio Network there was still a lot of work to be done in Afghanistan.

“It just underlines the fact that we still have a long way to go in Afghanistan,” he said.

“Yes, we’ve made significant progress in the reconstruction of the country and fighting the Taliban, but these terrorists will stop at nothing to see that their evil dogma prevails.

“We have a responsibility for the next generation to make sure that we win and they don’t.”

This hotel seems to be the centre for most high-level events. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that it makes an “excellent target” for terrorists.

Australia does not have many troops in Afghanistan. There are currently 970 and most of them are not in Kabul. There are about 500 in Iraq. We do not have a large military and this is why we need the alliance of the USA – a fact many people, mostly the left-wingers, unfortunately forget. (It should be remembered, however, that our national population is less than that of California).

Whilst PM Rudd has stated he is committed to the reconstruction of Afghanistan he has no intention to increase troops numbers. He has also said [no link available] that the whole situation will be reviewed further.

Should the situation in Afghanistan deteriorate – and hopefully it won’t – it will be interesting to see how Rudd, the former diplomat, reacts.

Right now he also has another international headache: Japanese whalers.

The Federal Court has ordered a Japanese whaling company to stop killing whales in Australian Antarctic waters.

Guess which story got the most coverage?


Additional observations by 1389:
Censorship rears up its ugly head again

Brave, new, democratic Afghanistan: Journalist faces blasphemy charges

“Kambakhsh was accused of mocking Islam and the holy book, the Koran, and for distributing an article which said Prophet Mohammad had ignored the rights of women.”

Whatever Kambakhsh’s intent was, cases like this demonstrate the sort of resistance any potential Islamic reformers face. The simple act of acknowledging that Islamic texts, teachings, and the example of Muhammad himself are problematic with respect to women’s rights and human rights brings threats — and repercussions under shari’a law — such as those which Kambakhsh faces. And of course, U.S. and other coalition forces are putting their lives on the line in that same country. For this?

Sharia Alert. “Afghan journalists seek release of colleague,” from Reuters

Read it all, including the comments.

Speaking of comments, this one says it all:

From the Afghanistan Consitution:

Article Thirty-Four
Ch. 2, Art. 13

Freedom of expression is inviolable.

Every Afghan has the right to express his thought through speech, writing, or illustration or other means, by observing the provisions stated in this Constitution.

Every Afghan has the right to print or publish topics without prior submission to the state authorities in accordance with the law.
***

And what will Victory in Afghanistan look like? When there is a free, stable and independent Afghanistan? How long will Afghanistan remain “free” while Article 34 is spat upon because Article 3 will always trump it?***

Article Three
Ch. 1, Art. 3

In Afghanistan, no law can be contrary to the beliefs and provisions of the sacred religion of Islam.

Posted by: USorThem AlEBaba at January 13, 2008 10:59 AM

This is a battle of ideology

It is time to re-think what we are trying to accomplish, both in Afghanistan and in other battlegrounds of the counterjihad.

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Ephesians 6:12.


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1 Helen January 15, 2008 at 6:08 pm

Democracy willl never win out in the Middle East and the Islamists are so entrenched in the EU and UK and Canada (and many other countries) there is no way to stop them.

Sorry, but those who think Muslims can live along side other religions peaceably are delusional.

It is too late.

There will be another world war and it will be democratic countries fighting Islam.

Bush will sell weapons to the Saudis and the Islamists will overthrow the Saudi Royal Family and use the weapons against Israel and the democratic world.

I hope I am wrong.

2 Gramfan January 15, 2008 at 8:25 pm

Helen,
I have come to the conclusion that the west shouldn’t even try to bring democracy to these countries: tribalism and ideology won’t ever work with democracy as you say.

We are wasting time on this.

The tragedy is that not only is islam on the rise, but our governments are doing everything they can to help them. 🙁

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