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post #1 of 60 (permalink) Old Dec 1st, 2002, 11:42 PM Thread Starter
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Asian neighbours condemn John Howard's first strike speech


Australia closed its embassy in the Philippines and placed round-the-clock security on national icons amid heightened terrorist threats



Monday, December 2, 2002. Posted: 07:53:40 (AEDT)

Asian neighbours condemn Howard's first strike speech
Governments in South East Asia have been quick to condemn Prime Minister John Howard's statement that he would be willing to order a pre-emptive strike to stop a terrorist attack against Australia.

On television yesterday Mr Howard said any prime minister who had the capacity to prevent an attack against Australia would be failing the most basic test of office if he did not use it, as long as there was no alternative.

In response, a spokesman for Indonesia's foreign ministry said Australia did not have the right to launch military strikes in other countries.

He said states "can't flout international law and norms willy-nilly".

A spokesman for the Thai Government said no country should do anything like Mr Howard suggested. Each country had its own sovereignty that must be protected, he said.

The Philippines national security adviser Roilo Golez said Mr Howard's comments were completely unacceptable.

"That's a very surprising statement, to say the least, in fact bordering on shocking," Mr Golez said.

"I can't believe that it would come from a supposed friendly country in the neighbourhood. You are talking about a region with very strong government, the ASEAN region.

"This is the 21st century, not the 19th century."

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uhh... duh... what do these other prime ministers think Howard is gonna do? Sit around and let Australia get attacked if he knows about it...

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Only countries which are planning attacks have anything to worry about....so does this mean that The Philippines, Thailand and Indonesia have their bombs ready to drop?
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Hey Choco!

Thanks again dude b/c if it wasn't for this I wouldn't even know who Australia's prime minister was. You know what I mean? Just way too much TRL and not enough CNN but when I get older I promise to start reading the news and stuff but for now I'll read your threads.
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Typical yanker!

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Typical yanker!
Totally!

But so you know I'm not from the North so I can't be a "yanker". Make sure all the other Australians know that, k?

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well then where are you from? If it's anywhere in the US, then you can be a Yanker!

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What the hell is a "yanker"? It sounds wierd as hell.
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it's an American wanker! lol nah... we usually call Americans "Yankees" here! lol But I just changed it a bit!

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Howard outta can the colonialist rhetoric as Australia will probably end up being absorbed by their neighbors, considering the fact that Indonesia, Malaysia and The Phillipines outnumber Australia 17 to 1, these are pretty big words that might have not so pretty consequences in the not-so-near future.

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Howard outta can the colonialist rhetoric as Australia will probably end up being absorbed by their neighbors, considering the fact that Indonesia, Malaysia and The Phillipines outnumber Australia 17 to 1, these are pretty big words that might have not so pretty consequences in the not-so-near future.
Not likely. America will bomb them for us
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Howard outta can the colonialist rhetoric as Australia will probably end up being absorbed by their neighbors, considering the fact that Indonesia, Malaysia and The Phillipines outnumber Australia 17 to 1, these are pretty big words that might have not so pretty consequences in the not-so-near future.
right, so Howard has no right to say he'll defend Australia against countries that might be harbouring terrorists that are gonna attack... suuuuuuure, if your prime-minister (or president or whatever) knew your country was gonna be attacked by terrorists, wouldn't YOU want him/her to do something about it???

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well then where are you from? If it's anywhere in the US, then you can be a Yanker!
Not from the North where the Yankees are.

You'd be totally bagged on if you called someone from the South a Yankee because there was a war between the North (lots of them were Yankees) and the South (the Confederates). I wish I knew something about Australia to compare it to but it's totally a regional thing when you say Yankee.
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