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Duncan Campbell, a former Australian ambassador to Rome and Vienna and once a deputy head of the Department of Foreign Affairs, says targeting and eliminating known terrorists is more efficient and costs fewer lives than waging conventional war.
A policy of state-sponsored assassinations might be more morally justified than taking part in poorly thought-through military actions in Iraq and Afghanistan, which inevitably inflict casualties on innocents, he argues. Mr Campbell told the Herald that someone like Abu Bakar Bashir, said to be the spiritual head of Jemaah Islamiah, could present a legitimate target for a state-sanctioned but "deniable" poisoning attempt.
"Can you imagine how easy it ought to be in a prison such as the one Bashir is in, to persuade someone for a lump of money to doctor his rice? That wouldn't involve Australian hands at all, except perhaps the passing by someone to someone of a little lump of chemicals of some sort. "
To make public this opinion by an 'ex-diplomat' is just stupid and a publicity stunt.
How can the Australian government publicly condemn terrorism, while engaging in its own brand of terrorism against those it considers enemies of Australia
Originally posted by Seekerof
Zapata, thats all well and good, but it seems that terrorist simply ignore our "higher standards." Matter of fact, they seem to use our "higher standards" against us.