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There is widespread denial that Australia’s complicity in US-led state terrorism has domestic consequences.

Referring to the Bali bombing John Howard on March 10, 2003 said:’Terrorism, international terrorism of the extreme type that claimed lives in New York and Washington and in Bali is based on a blind hatred of western civilisation and western values, and the calibration of responses to that will not automatically buy immunity’.

Howard forgot the only enemy action on Australian soil in World War I which occurred at Broken Hill, January 1,1915, when two Afghan cameleers waving a Turkish flag opened fire on a Silverton Tramway Company train killing six, as it was heading towards Penrose Park for the Manchester Unity Lodge annual picnic.

It was a two-man war against Australia’s involvement with the British Empire in fighting Germany and the Ottoman Empire.

How are Muslims expected to feel when they see their brothers and sisters decimated in Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan and Syria?

Are their feelings of outrage illegitimate when they see Palestinians shredded by Israel’s cluster bomb flechettes or burned with white phosphorous?

When Australia is complicit in military action overseas it can expect blowback i.e. unwanted negative domestic consequences like terrorism and increased numbers of asylum seekers.

Rather than increasing terror laws we would all be much safer if our foreign policy was not so bellicose and divorced from the US’s military adventures.

Gareth Smith, Byron Bay


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