PRD on Australian pre-emptive strike threat

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Thu Dec 5 00:32:43 MST 2002

PRD statement on Howard’s ‘pre-emptive strike’ statement

People’s Democratic Party of Indonesia - December 4, 2002

We are of the view that Prime Minister Howard’s statement that
[Australia] will carry out pre-emptive strikes against terrorist threats
in South-East Asia is clearly an arrogant statement from an imperialist
country which wishes to show its fangs to the poor people of South-East

After, and with out any clear grounds [the Australian Intelligence and
Security Organisation] carried out raids on the homes of Indonesian
citizens in Australia, as if the Australian government is intentionally
provoking militant, reactionary groups in Indonesia. This is clearly
intended to create a political atmosphere of war which supports the
militarist ambitions of the Howard government, which cannot be separated
from the war plans to attack the poor people of the world which is being
inflamed by [US President George] Bush and disguised as the War on

Since the [Bali bombing] incident on October 12, not a week has passed
without actions by the Australian government which continue to drum-up
the war against the poor people of South-East Asia who are being

robbed by the neoliberal agenda. Labels of terrorist and Islamic
fundamentalism are not just stuck on the militant reactionary groups who
are in reality just the refuse of history. Just look at what has been
done by Howard, not just to Ngruki, Laskar Jihad, the Islamic Defenders
Front, the Mujahidin Councilo, which have been shown to be incompetent
in fighting the wage of neoliberal imperialism. But Howard intends to
stick this label on [all of the] poor people of South-East Asia who are
pictured as if the majority are Muslims, as grounds for intervention as
was carried out by the US military in Afghanistan and politically
against Iraq.

Roysepta Abimanyu Chairperson,
Central Leadership Committee of the People’s Democratic Party.

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