“The West fights a losing battle,” from The Age, with thanks to OBL r us:
The war on terror was being lost and Australia was next in line as a terrorist target, according to the Australian Arabic Council, a secular group claiming to be a voice of the Arab world in Australia.
While there was disagreement on the threat to Australia, there was universal condemnation of the bombings from Australia’s Islamic spiritual leaders.
AAC chairman Roland Jabbour condemned the London bombings as inexcusable but said it was time for Western countries to reflect on the fact that the war on terror was being lost. Australia, because of its support for the US and Britain, was next in line for an attack, he said in a statement.
“Since the formal declaration of the war we have seen an unprecedented number of major terrorist events,” he said. It had been reported that the number of what the US Government considers significant attacks grew to about 655 last year, up from the previous record of about 175 in 2003.
“The war on terror must address the root causes of terror, injustice, poverty, disenfranchisement and genuine grievances of many about the militaristic power exerted by Western nations led by the US, Britain and Australia. Policies such as the blind support of Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestine and the invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan feed fundamentalism and have established fertile breeding grounds for extremism.
“It is not unreasonable to assume that Australia, as the prime mover behind the US and Britain, is next in line for an attack on our shores.”
Yes, yes, poverty, disenfranchisement, Israel. We have heard it all many, many times before — despite the fact that Osama is a very rich man, and that study after study shows that jihad terrorists are generally better educated and reasonably well off. And what of all the jihads being fought today thousands of miles from Israel?