Some sense from Australia...
I wish our government would also talk like this...
Anti-American feeling in Europe is playing into the hands of al-Qa'eda and unwittingly encouraging terrorism, Australia's foreign minister said yesterday.
In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, Alexander Downer urged European politicians to weigh up the consequences of their words before they "leap out there and attack America".
Mr Downer gave warning that criticism of America's conduct in Iraq could inadvertently provide an incentive for terrorist attacks.
"People in the West, and not only in Europe, blame America for a suicide bomber in a market in Baghdad," he said.
"That only encourages more horrific behaviour. Every time there is an atrocity committed, it is implicitly America's fault, so why not commit some more atrocities and put even more pressure on America?"
Mr Downer added: "The al-Qa'eda leadership has said on many occasions that more than 50 per cent of the battle is a battle in the media. The more you can get media denigration of America, the more that the war against terrorism is seen to be an indictment of America, the better for those who started this war." Speaking during a visit to London yesterday, Mr Downer, who has served as Australia's foreign minister for almost 11 years, said that European critics of Washington were not aiming to help terrorists, but this could be the consequence of their words.
"It's very rude to say these people want to help al-Qa'eda. They don't. But America's enemies take comfort from continual attacks on America by America's friends," he said. "Before you leap out there and vigorously attack America, think about the consequences of what you're saying."