Saturday, November 24, 2007

Australia gets rid of Iraq bomber John Howard

Australia: "Labor Party leader Kevin Rudd swept to power in Australian elections Saturday, ending an 11-year conservative era and promising major changes to policies on global warming and his country's role in the Iraq war.

"The win marked a humiliating end to the career of outgoing Prime Minister John Howard ..."

Australia's new Labor prime minister, Kevin Rudd, has promised to ratify the Kyoto Protocol, which Howard steadfastly refused to ratify in the face of all common sense. Now George Bush will 'lead' the only nation in the world that has not ratified Kyoto.

Congratulations, Kevin Rudd. Your version of Labor politics seems to me to be very backward, but it is decidedly wonderful that you have chucked Howard out of The Lodge. The point of this election was "anything but Howard".

If you forget how much of this victory came from Green Party preferences, Mr Rudd, you will be reminded in due course.

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Anonymous Nighthawk Soars said...

Wow!!! This is a sharp stick in the eye to Bush and his henchmen...Rudd immediately vowed to sign the Kyoyo Accord and to pull the Australian troops out of Iraq...let's see the Bushwhackers try to spin this one.

1:28 AM  
Blogger Saboma said...

Congratulations, Australia!!
All the articles I read on the Australian elections used the lovely phrase "humiliating defeat." I like it. Now we just need to humiliate our wanking Republican politicians here at home. ^5!

2:02 AM  
Blogger Nora said...

Your reference to the Greens (who I assume gave their second prefs to Rudd) reminds me how lucky we are (along with Oz) to have PR as an electoral system. If that was the system in the UK, Tony Blair would not have got in last time round.

7:29 AM  
Blogger Pip said...

Damn right we're lucky! Proportional representation has delivered Australia from a terrible gov't.

7:46 AM  
Blogger ro said...

So Krudd will withdraw around 570 troops and leave 1000 perhaps. That a boy..that'll show them, the big meanies.

I cannot believe people actually believe this crap about Howard's policies with regard to Iraq. He committed almost nothing in real terms to the war there (except admittedly, a few of our very valuable lives) and yet he managed to convince the Americans he was their biggest supporter. You people will swallow anything wont you as long as its negative about Howard. He’s gone okay? But guess what, the world (that he did not fuck up mind) is still there.

So what precisely is Krudd going to do about it? Not what does he feel about it, what is he going to do about it. Oh yes, that’s right save us all from global warming – the earwax kid to the rescue.

You have to read your foreign POLICY people, not just your favourite political or journo hacks who have an interest in distorting what Howard was doing – the former PM had more than one agenda you nitwits, just like any PM and given that Iraq was such a supremely good export market for trade you’d have to be insane to think that he was keen for the Yanks to start a long war.

Grow a brain, step back from your anti-whatever it is today ideology and think, THINK! Look at the actual expenditure we have committed, the manpower, the materiel, the other issues at stake, the temper of the times - for gods sake grow a brain all you analyst LITES. And while you are doing the heavy lifting, consider which of our PMs publicly (and not that long ago really) pronounced "I'd Bomb The Arabs". Go on.. guess. Yes, he said it to the dismay of SOME of his parliamentary colleagues, but no, its not as easy as you blinkered mob make out to decide what to do. God help him if Howard had ever said anything of the sort.

While Iran happily builds its sweet little peaceful nuclear reactors - ooops I meant, 2000km range missiles with warheads, the USA could have nuked the region ten times over if it wanted. BUT IT HASNT. And why not? Go on.. why not…? For gods sake people, grow up and consider what is important to you and which policies actually advance Australia. And get your foreign policy heads out of your domestic bums for one lifetime, read your world history not just the papers, not just the angry blogs of disenchanted voters, read and weep cos its worse out there in the world than you may think and yet, in some ways much, much better and there is cause for hope.

3:01 PM  

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