|Indonesian diplomacy on short fuse|
In the bad old days, Indonesian police used to accompany protesters from
government sponsored 'youth groups' to the Australian embassy where the
protesters would scale the fence and vandalize everything in sight, while the
police looked on. It was the Indonesian way of fostering hatred of
Australians, and letting Australians know it.
Police no longer look on as Indonesian thugs attack the Australian embassy,
but one could be forgiven for thinking they are looking the other way, as a car
bomb killed 10 people outside the gates of the Australian embassy this
afternoon. They didn't actually manage to kill any Australians, but in an orgy
of bloodshed, who's looking at faces?
The bombers who killed over seventy drunken Australians may walk on
Indonesian legal technicalities, while democratically elected government
officials insist they are doing everything they can to curb
terrorism. President Megawatti, who wouldn't even speak to Little Johnny after
the de-annexation of East Timor, has suddenly found her sensitive side and cut
short other activities to wring her hands over the blast scene. Thanks Meg!
Old habits die hard, and decades of fostering hatred of Australians in some
of the most ignorant and corrupt people in the world pays dividends. And it's
been a busy week for the Muslim Terrorists. Murdering 400 people in Russia in
an atrocity worthy of Nazi Germany was a hard act to follow. Topping 10 people
in Jakarta who were not even Australian seems pretty lame in comparison, but it
keeps the psychopaths in the headlines.
And what a good time to do so. Little Johnny must be rubbing his hands with
glee. True Believers will, of course, insist that Little Johnny's Iraq War
stance has brought all this on. Of course. Sharks will stop attacking humans if
we regularly feed sharks on our beaches.
It's not quite the MV Tampa or the SIEV-4 that Johnny was hoping for, but
Muslim atrocities are always a good way to to focus wishy-washy minds on the
value of a strong border protection policy for swinging voters.
And Mark (Maddog) Latham's instant coming to heel doesn't help his attempts
to product differentiate for the coming election.
"Yeah, what Little Johnny said".
Doesn't make a good election slogan does it?
The other little tid-bit is that the Indonesian stock exchange dropped by 4
percent at the news of the bombing. The best thing about fanatical, corrupt
religious countries - they stay poor, weak and impotent.