Monday, July 25, 2005

Back to the future 

Before September 11, before Afghanistan, before Iraq, before the Coalition of the Willing:
Mohammed Abdul Afroz Razzak, who lived in Melbourne in 1997, was jailed last Friday for seven years for "committing depredation on territories at peace with India".

The Mumbai court heard that, between 1997 and 2001, Afroz, along with two other men, planned to hijack passenger planes and crash them into Melbourne's Rialto Towers, the Indian parliament and the House of Commons in London.
The Australian authorities had in the past cast doubts on parts of his story - such as meeting an Al Qaeda chief in Melbourne -– but no one is denying that Afroz took flying lessons in 1997 at Moorabbin airport in Victoria, Australia, as well as in Great Britain and the United States.

Afroz must have been another one of those people pre-emptively radicalized by the Australia's future involvement in the illegal invasion of Iraq, not to mention Australia's future involvement in helping East Timor's transition to independence.

Yes, Virginia, these people hate us because we're filthy infidels. Deal with it before they deal with you.


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