MAXINE McKEW: Prime Minister, if as you say you can't rule out that possibility that we could have potential bombers right here in Australia, what if today's announcement, this redeployment to Afghanistan and our continued presence in Iraq is all the provocation they need?Those are two questions that the ABC host McKew asked John Howard regarding the redeployment of troops to Afghanistan. Her basic line of argument is that this could push terrorists who previously didn't want to attack us over some line, and now they will attack us.
MAXINE McKEW: But this must be a factor in your thinking. I mean, you make a decision - or Cabinet made yesterday a decision - to go ahead and put extra troops into Afghanistan. And as compelling a moral and strategic reasons as there are for that decision, there could be some people out there who seek to do us harm, who will see this as just the excuse they need. That must weigh in your decision, so you're saying basically that's a risk we have to take?
Your eyes are not out of focus. And no, I didn't make this up.
Let's take a trip into McKew's fantasy-based la-la-land™, where terrorists have a threshold of tolerance to "Western interference in the Islamic world". Exactly how does this work? It's simple. A terrorist will only attack your country when your country has accumulated a pre-defined number of Evil Infidel Points (EIPs). The EIPs system is as follows:
Be an evil infidel nation: 100 EIPs
Liberate Afghanistan: 50 EIPs
Support that eeeeeevil Bush: 20 EIPs
Liberate Iraq: 80 EIPs
Send 450 more troops to Iraq: 50 EIPs
Send troops back into Afghanistan: 30 EIPs
Now let's just imagine that there are a group of terrorists with a pen and paper somewhere around the world keeping score. They're thinking right about now, "Geez, Hafeez - that infidel nation Australia has accumulated 330 Evil Infidel Points! We only had a threshold of 315 points, meaning that this latest troop deployment leaves us with no options but to turn their streets into blood-drenched warzones! Allah U Akbar! Allah U Akbar!"
For terrorists who have no qualms about killing thousands of people, regardless of their religion, gender, nationality or political standing, they must have one heck of a huge threshold if all of a sudden one more deployment of troops turns them against Australia. Maxine McKew's fantasy-based la-la-land™ may have terrorists like this, but in the real world, they don't exist.
And doesn't everything Howard do in regards to foreign policy supposedly inflame tensions, aggravate peaceful Muslims, and make Australia a terrorist target? We were a target before Iraq, and we're still a target. Whether we're a bigger or smaller target is not only impossible to tell, but it's also fairly meaningless. If we are a target, no matter how small, they will try to kill us. So Maxine and her ilk should stop worrying about regurgitating Greens talking points, and wake up.
(Cross-posted to The House Of Wheels.)