October 17, 2004

HOW'S THAT BALI BOMBING WORKIN' OUT?:

Downer to seek treaty with Jakarta (Steve Lewis, October 18, 2004, The Australian)

AUSTRALIA is on the verge of a closer strategic partnership with Indonesia as the Howard Government considers a new security pact with the world's most populous Muslim nation.

On the eve of John Howard's visit to Jakarta for Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's inauguration as President, Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said the treaty would enmesh both countries' commitment to fighting terrorism.

"We are considering it. It is something that, internally, we have been talking about and having a look at and wondering about," Mr Downer told The Australian.

"If we were to have a real security agreement with Indonesia, I think we would want it to be an agreement of some substance."

The agreement would build on a memorandum of understanding signed after the October 2002 Bali bombings, which killed 88 Australians.


Every time a bomb goes off--with the notable exception of Spain--we come a step closer to winning the War on Terror.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 17, 2004 3:31 PM
Comments

Australia should take a position concerning Indonesia similar to that which we should have concerning Cuba. Both nations are dedicated to the destruction of their neighboring Christian states and should be treated accordingly.

Are you suggesting that the fate of Chinese Buddhists, Papuan Christians and Timorese and Ambon Catholics should be left to the good offices of the thuggish Muslims who run Indonesia?

Posted by: Bart at October 17, 2004 7:02 PM
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