Sunday, September 19, 2004

Kerry's sister carries water for the Australian Labor Party 

John Kerry's sister is spreading mayhem overseas. Diana Kerry, the chairwoman of Americans Overseas for Kerry, in now on the offensive in Australia: "There are more than 100,000 eligible American voters in Australia, and the Kerry campaign is interested in every vote." I bet it is.
"With her hair turning silver grey, her strong face and tall frame, there is no doubting the lineage of John Kerry's sister. But unlike her brother, the presidential candidate, Diana Kerry is no politician. The 57-year-old drama teacher tends to say exactly what she thinks."
And what she says echoes precisely the cynical scare campaign run by the Labor Opposition leader Mark Latham. This is how the Australian press reports on Diana Kerry's message to America's staunch ally:
"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'."
As blogger TigerHawk (who brought the story to my attention - thanks, mate!) comments:
"Now, you can't hold John responsible for the random prattle of his sibling... But, we most certainly can hold Senator Kerry responsible for the fact that his dearest Diana is in charge of Overseas for Kerry. She has apparent -- if not actual -- authority to speak for the Kerry campaign overseas, and has exploited that status to encourage Australia to abandon the United States."
Diana Kerry's job, of course, is to drive as many American expats as possible into the arms of his brother, but judging by her statements she seems to be developing a side-business for herself of trying to drive as many Australians as possible into the arms of Mark Latham. I wrote about Latham's opportunistic illogic before - the same arguments apply to Diana Kerry's geo-political insights. All I can say is, how encouraging that the Kerry clan has now started being concerned about the safety and well-being of America's allies, previously lovingly described by John Kerry as the "coalition of the coerced and the bribed" and the "phoniest thing I've ever heard." Or is it only a phony concern?

Update: Captain's Quarters has its say on the issue, but is similarly unimpressed:

"Australians should also take note of the desperation and the greed for power on the left. If you believe that Islamofascists never targeted Australians or the West before the invasion of Iraq, then you should heed Diana Kerry's provocations. Those Australians who are literate and have memories that go back beyond last month will come to different conclusions."
(Hat tip: Dutch)


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