Quote Originally Posted by Serenity View Post
already answered in post 95. this is the second time i have referred you to that post.
Let me paraphrase your response: Many people were upset with Australia due to its involvement in East Timor and it was undoubtedly a contributing factor as to why it was attacked at Bali, but the fact remains it was attacked due to its involvement in the U.S. war on terror. I then asked you if you thought the country would have been attacked at Bali absent its involvement with the war, and I guess you're now saying you agree with me that we really don't know. Is that about the size of it?

Quote Originally Posted by Serenity View Post
(W)e should at least consider taking Osama Bin Laden, the mastermind of 9/11 at his word.
Al Qaeda is resourceful and opportunistic. It was under considerable pressure as a result of the invasion of Afghanistan, and it took advantage of its contacts with pan-Islamic movements such as Jamaah Islamiya in Indonesia and Abu Sayyaf in the Philippines to strike back. It's obvious, however, that Jamaah Islamiya has a major beef with Australia because it put a big chink in the Islamist plan to establish a regional caliphate. Plus Australia is a Western-oriented nation that's anathema to Islamic fundamentalists who don't want Western influence in South Asia. That would be true whether or not Australia participated in the "U.S. war on terror."