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Originally posted by cargo
How much is their support worth? Id say more allies are bought than not these days. The UK has a mutual interest but I think Australian support comes at a cost.
In Vietnam it was to sure up a protector as the the fear of communism threatened to spread down throughout South East Asia, but I think Iraq was to ensure a palatable Free Trade Agreement in which Oz ended up being screwed over some issues anyway. That could be one reason anyway. There is still the protection in return for Iraq help too in this case but I think the plan is grander than that and extends far beyond Iraq. Why else would the Oz government continue to send troops when there was significant opposition to the Iraq war amongst the population? Same can be said about the UK but they were into it from the start anyway.
You only need to look at the current Iraq Intelligence sex-up scandal plaguing the Australian government to see signs of a concerted effort to press military action in Iraq.
I sure hope it was worth it.