Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Stop 'pussy-footing' Around

When it comes to speaking the truth about Islam and terrorism, no one does it better than Australia's Prime Minister John Howard.
The rest of the world could learn something here.


Sydney - Australian Muslims must denounce terrorism rather than 'pussy-foot' around the links between Islam and acts of political violence, Prime Minister John Howard said Monday.

'We shouldn't pussyfoot around - no decent, genuine Muslim would support terrorism,'
Howard said in an interview with The Australian newspaper coinciding with the fifth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States.

'On occasion they should come out and be more critical of terrorism,' Howard said. 'We are confronting people who would deny our human rights.'

Howard repeated a warning delivered earlier this month that among the 300,000 Muslims in Australia were some who were opposed to liberal values like democracy, freedom of religion and the equality of women.

'There is a section of the Islamic population which will not integrate, ... does have values and attitudes which are hostile to Australia's interests, and I have said that before,' Howard said.

'And I would like the rest of the Islamic community to join the rest of the Australian community in making sure that the views and attitudes of that small minority do not have adverse consequences.'

Howard happened to be in Washington when hijacked jets were flown into buildings five years ago, leaving nearly 3,000 people dead.

'I was getting ready for a news conference, and my press secretary, Tony O'Leary, said a plane had hit one of the towers in New York, the World Trade Centre, and then he quickly said in a few minutes another plane had hit,' Howard recalled.

'After the news conference was over we actually pulled back the curtain and could see the smoke rising from the Pentagon building.'

Howard subsequently invoked the formal defence pact Australia has with the US and pledged support for the war on terror. Australia committed troops to the invasion of Afghanistan and, along with Britain and Poland, sent soldiers for the US-led war in Iraq.

8 Comments:

At 1:49 PM, Blogger WomanHonorThyself said...

Hey AC!..I heard this bout Howard and wondered if any other leaders would follow suit..wishful thinking eh?

 
At 2:26 PM, Blogger American Crusader said...

Howard has the ability and courage to speak plainly and clearly without having to resort to euphemisms...unlike most politicians who are afraid of offending Muslims.

 
At 3:25 PM, Blogger MissingLink said...

We are not very sophisticated people here in Oz. Our parliament members still use arguments in the Lower House such as “Mr Speaker and honourable members of the House, let me reassure you that the Honourable Member for WoyWoy is a bloody moron and a poof.”
Despite that, (or rather because of that) we can still recognize bullcrap when we see it. ;-)

 
At 4:17 PM, Blogger Obob said...

Actually, I would like it if our pols would be more honest when they describe each other.
how about Cheney and his "recommendation" to leahy?

 
At 4:37 PM, Blogger David Schantz said...

The plain spoken truth. Wouldn't it be great if this did catch on.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

 
At 6:55 PM, Blogger Gayle said...

I absolutely love John Howard for saying it like it is. He has integrity!

 
At 5:15 AM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Does America have any leaders with the outspokenness of John Howard?

 
At 5:52 AM, Blogger American Crusader said...

AOW...I doubt that they would ever get elected. Could you imagine the uproar in the media if someone actually used terms like 'pussyfooting'? Much less talking plain about Islam.
Here in America, we still talk about 'radical elements' hijacking Islam.

 

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