Today’s lesson is in two parts, both involving the U.S.’s staunch allies, the Aussies.
Part 1: Philippines object to criticism
The Philippines are whining about being called out on weak anti-terror policy by Australia. The Aussies had rightly said that the Philippines’ policy of running away while emptying their pockets is reckless and could only send the wrong message.
Meanwhile, Philippine weakness continues.
Earlier, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (news – web sites) said she would not apologize for her decision to withdraw the troops and explained that her move was meant to protect the 1.5 million Filipino workers in the Middle East, including more than 4,000 in Iraq.
“The Philippines has no policy that demands sacrifice of human lives,” Arroyo said in her state-of-the-nation address Monday.
Part 2: Australia ID’s trained terrorists, does nothing
Meanwhile, the Aussies have issues of their own after identifyinng ten indivuals in Sydney who attended terrorist training camps in Afghanistan and Pakistan but cannot legally be touched.
The Sunday Telegraph said Sunday it had learned Australia’s domestic intelligence agency ASIO had established the 10 trained with Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan (news – web sites) and Lashkar-e-Taiba in Pakistan between 1999 and 2001.
But authorities had been unable to prosecute them because they did their training before Al-Qaeda and Lashkar-e-Taiba were outlawed in the wake of the September 11 attacks on the United States.
Australia’s counter-terrorism offensive was stepped up further in the aftermath of the Bali bombings which claimed 202 lives in October, 2002.
Australia would also have been unable to prosecute two Australian terrorist suspects now held at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. But David Hicks and Mamdouh Habib are being prosecuted under US laws.