We're on the brink of repeating the mistakes of 9/11

By Rob Burgess

That is why Prime Minister Abbott’s suggestion that beheadings could happen in Australia is George W Bush-like in its wrong-headedness. “It just goes to show that this is not just something that happens elsewhere, it could happen in countries like Australia if we relax our vigilance against terrorism and potential terrorism here on our shores.

Well now is not the time to ‘relax’ our vigilance, but Abbott is proposing strengthening terror laws to target 150 or so Australian returning from the Syrian and Iraq conflicts – the source of fear of home-grown beheadings.

In 2010 former US president George W Bush attempted to explain in his memoirs how it was that he sat in stunned silence for a full seven minutes in front a classroom of kids after being informed by his staff of the 9/11 attacks.

Political statements and media coverage are far better spent on examining and strengthening that rule of law – and finding the right balance between theoretical ‘liberties’ and pragmatic responsibilities.

Well not many people believe that he was just ‘projecting calm’, and he wasn’t particularly calm when he later called for Osama Bin Laden to be brought in “dead or alive”.

Read more here: Business Spectator

    

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