Sunday, September 19, 2004

John Kerry's Sister: US Endangers Australians

From Little Green Footballs. Charles at Little Green Footballs has labeled this the "Outrage of the Day", but it is more than that.

The Kerry Campaign sent Diane Kerry, the younger sister of John Kerry to Australia in an attempt to undermine the alliance of countries fighting in Iraq. An excerpt:

John Kerry's campaign has warned Australians that the Howard Government's support for the US in Iraq has made them a bigger target for international terrorists.

Diana Kerry, younger sister of the Democrat presidential candidate, told The Weekend Australian that the Bali bombing and the recent attack on the Australian embassy in Jakarta clearly showed the danger to Australians had increased.

"Australia has kept faith with the US and we are endangering the Australians now by this wanton disregard for international law and multilateral channels," she said, referring to the invasion of Iraq.

Asked if she believed the terrorist threat to Australians was now greater because of the support for Republican George W. Bush, Ms Kerry said: "The most recent attack was on the Australian embassy in Jakarta -- I would have to say that."


This is disgraceful and John Kerry should be made to answer for the actions of his "overseas campaign". John Kerry has yet to explain his stance on the war on terror. He has taken every possible position on the war, but it is possible to get an insight into what the war on terror would look like under a Kerry Administration by referring to his senate record. This speech by his sister is the surest sign yet that the United States would withdraw from the war on terror under John Kerry. He would pull the troops out of Iraq under the pretense that the war was illegal and a distraction from the real war on terror. We would revert back the Clinton era of treating terrorism as a "law enforcement matter". Despite what he tries to convince the American people to believe our national security would be controlled by the United Nations, Kerry's sister's language to the Australian people clearly conveys that message:

"Australia has kept faith with the US and we are endangering the Australians now by this wanton disregard for international law and multilateral channels," she said, referring to the invasion of Iraq.


Wanton disregard for international law? Not surprisingly that is exactly the same language used by Kofi Annan over the weekend, when he asserted that the US led invasion of Iraq was a violation of international law. John Kerry is at heart a pacifist. He fought in Vietnam for four months but in the 35 years since his return he has fought against American power abroad and at home. He cannot give the American people his plan for the war because his plan is to withdraw from that war. The electorate would reject that, knowing that it would be disastrous. But his intentions are clear. He apparently felt that his "overseas campaign" was far enough removed from the shores of this country to allow his sister to plainly state his real views on the war on terror.

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