Of Distasteful Aussie Arachnids

Australian Prime Minister John Howard, a close personal friend of George W Bush, has never been known for suave charm and delicately-tongued rhetoric. Not to put too fine a point on it, he’s a loud-mouthed bum who shows about as much finesse as the Aussie Red-Back Spider that may likely bite his ample butt while he sits on his toilet seat (we can hope!).

Consequently, it doesn’t come as too much of a surprise to read that Howard has stuck his fat nose into US affairs by condemning Barack Obama for his promise to pull American troops out of Iraq, if voted into presidential office in 2008. Howard is quoted by the BBC thus:

[Obama’s stance on Iraq] “……will just encourage those who want to completely destabilise and destroy Iraq, and create chaos and a victory for the terrorists to hang on and hope for an Obama victory. If I were running al-Qaeda in Iraq, I would put a circle around March 2008 and be praying as many times as possible for a victory not only for Obama but also for the Democrats.”

It makes one wonder how many telephone calls have been flying across the Pacific in the last few days, between the White House and Canberra. Obviously something has prodded Howard’s sudden verbal diarrhea. Is it, perhaps, because George W Bush has lost so much support at home he is forced to turn overseas for a politician prepared to speak out for him?

Howard went on to say that withdrawal of US forces would mean defeat for Washington and end hope for peace in the Palestinian territories! Perhaps he should open his eyes and see there is no hope for peace in the Palestinian territories, whether the US remains in Iraq or not.

Peace in the Palestinian territories, like peace in the Middle East generally, requires not only an American withdrawal of troops, but a completely new set of American foreign policies – towards that region in particular, and the rest of the world in general.

John Howard’s criticisms are not just of Barack Obama, but of the American people, who by a large majority have shown their contempt for the policies of the present US administration and its overseas supporters like John Howard and Tony Blair. He is also disparaging his own people, who have made it very clear they do not support the Iraq war, or Australia’s part in it.

In fact, John Howard may well find himself on the opposition benches later this year, as his popularity in the polls is way down and Australian elections are due in 2007.

If he is ousted from power by the Labour Party it will be cause for celebration, not just among Australians, but by all who view freedom and democracy in a somewhat different light than the Bushes, Howards, and Blairs of this world.

BBC report HERE.

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