eit at October 16, 2002 01:24 AM

Mr Veit evidently needs to read some blogs other than that of the, shall we say, somewhat selective Tim Blair. I've so far not read any Australian blogger who believes rolling over is an acceptable response to what's happened to us; and apart from certain arseclowns who have polluted the Left in recent years, I don't think many people outside of the local blogosphere do either. Lacking in spine our government may be at times, but the Australian people are not, and I'm sorry if you have that low an opinion of us.

Posted by: James Russell at October 16, 2002 04:20 PM

I'm sure Ken Parish wouldn't mind me quoting his response to Howard Veit, which is in the comments thread at http://theroadtosurfdom.blogspot.com/

After making the same points as James Russell, Ken says:

"So basically Welch's dickhead correspondent doesn't know what he's talking about (which isn't unusual with opinionated halfwits like that). Lastly, his attitude is grossly offensive, and contrasts with the deep sympathy that just about all Australians extended to Americans after September 11. This guy is a prize jerk."

I agree.

Posted by: John Quiggin at October 16, 2002 10:00 PM

Tim Blair passionate? Yes. Funny? Quite often. Intelligent? On ocassion, but mostly not. He's a ranter who doesn't usually get involved in actual debate with other bloggers. For good reason too, he'd lose often.

As for Howards 'measured response', what else do you expect from a country with nineteen million people, and a fairly modest sized armed forces? We're hardly likely to go nuclear on our nearest neighbour which just happens to have the largest muslim population on the planet. Especially one who's biggest crime was complacency.

Besides Australia was the first country to pledge military support for the US war on terror, and will more than likely contribute to an Iraq invasion in some way.

We may be lacking in means but certainly not in spine.

Posted by: Stewart Kelly at October 16, 2002 10:20 PM
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