26 July 2004
People who need people
Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downes, on the recent spate of hostage-taking by your friendly neighborhood, um, militants:
If these terrorists want to achieve certain objectives and they know by taking people hostage they can achieve them, it's the cheapest and easiest way to do their job.
Trinidad Jimenez of the Spanish Socialist party apparently felt slighted by Downes' declaration:
The Spanish government would never have accepted threats from a terrorist group.
To which the Currency Lad responds:
Well bombs went off in Madrid, calls were made for Spain's withdrawal from Iraq, Spain withdrew. That sounds like a threat accepted to me.
Of course, Madrid considers it merely the fulfillment of a campaign promise.
Let us cheer our friends in Canberra, and let us hope that others see the wisdom of their example.