Tuesday, October 11, 2005

No connection?

In the wake of the London bombings, the mantra from Downing Street was that terrorism in the UK had absolutely no connection to Iraq. None whatsoever.

Today, we learn that MI5 are investigating possible links between ten men detained under anti-terrorism legislation over the weekend, and Iraqi insurgents. The men are reportedly all Iraqi nationals.

No connection...?


Asking those involved is always useful. Mohammad Sidique Khan—one the alleged bombers—put is this way:

I'm going to keep this short and to the point because it's all been said before by far more eloquent people than me and our words have no impact upon you. Therefore I'm going to talk to you in a language that you understand.

Our words are dead until we give them life with our blood ... Your democratically elected governments continuously perpetuate atrocities against my people all over the world. And your support of them makes you directly responsible, just as I am directly responsible for protecting and avenging my Muslim brothers and sisters.

Until we feel security you will be our targets and until you stop the bombing, gassing, imprisonment and torture of my people we will not stop this fight. We are at war and I am a soldier. Now you too will taste the reality of this situation.

Wikisource: Tape of Mohammad Sidique Khan

Posted by Anonymous : 10/11/2005 09:04:00 AM

I've just come back from a holiday in Sydney. I was there during/after the Bail bombing which dominated the media over there. It was interesting to see how the media handled the second Bali bombings. For example, Breakfast TV (like our Breakfast show) were interviewing a dad whose son had been killed during the first Bali bombing. They were wanting him to talk about how sad it all was and how the parents must be feeling etc, but instead he spent the interview attacking Australia's foreign policy saying that attacking Afghanstan and Iraq had made Australia less safe not more so. He intelligently and passionatly argued against Australia's foreign policy.

It was interesting to watch the two interviewers squirming trying to bring the interview back to how sad he must be feeling.

BTW: I've started my own blog, and my first post is on the Maori seats...

Posted by Anonymous : 10/11/2005 11:13:00 AM

It would help if I spelt my own name right!

Posted by Anonymous : 10/11/2005 11:14:00 AM