"Caught Between The East and The West
Thursday, July 21, 2005
London bomb victim quizzes Australian PM on Iraq
An Australian survivor of the London bombings has confronted Prime Minister John Howard from her hospital bed asking whether the attack which left her with a broken neck was linked to the U.S.-led Iraq war.
Sitting on the edge of her bed in a London hospital, Louise Barry surprised Howard with the question, prompting him to defend the military operation in Iraq, which includes Australian troops.
"What do you think? Everyone says its all...because of the Iraq war," asked Barry, her head held tight in a metal brace, after shaking hands with her prime minister
Both Howard and Blair told the world today why the second London attacks happened. They sounded like a broken record.
Other people in Britain seem to be having more interesting Ideas, like London's mayor yesterday:
London mayor Ken Livingstone criticizes Western foreign policy in the Middle East, saying that the Western interference fuelled the Islamist radicalism behind the London bombings.
Livingstone made the remarks Wednesday in a BBC interview when asked what he thought had motivated the four suspected suicide bombers.
He said that the West had for 80 years meddled with Arab lands because of the need for oil, and implemented "double standards" in their Middle East policy.
He believed that extremism would not have prevailed if the West had returned the right of self-determination to the Arab countries after World War I.
Last week, the British Royal Institute of International Affairs said Iraq war made Britain vulnerable to attacks like those of July 7.
Anyway, I hope there were no casualties in today's attacks, and I hope the British, Australian, and other governments taking a part in the US-led coalition in Iraq will pull out their armies from our countries and help us all stop the cycle of violence.
Let the ship of the US foreign policy sink alone.
We're expecting news from Iraq about my detained brother, our goal is asking the authorities to take him to court...
When my brother is released, we won't forget that thousands of other innocent people are detained in the jails and prisons in Iraq."
"Let the ship of the US foreign policy sink alone."