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Oz PM: Irresponsible whipping up of hysteria

As if it wasn't bad enough that there is enough anti-Muslim feeling whipped up, with the outrageous beheading of the American journalist, one would have thought that reflective comments would be made by political leaders.    Not Australia's PM - sometimes dubbed "the Mad Monk" - who went into irresponsible over-drive with absurd statements about the killing of journalist Foley and what might follow in countries like Australia.

"Horrific acts of terrorism such as the ''truly sickening and utterly evil'' beheading of journalist James Foley could happen in Western countries including Australia, Prime Minister Tony Abbott has said.
Speaking in Melbourne on Thursday morning, Mr Abbott said the revelation that Mr Foley's killer appeared to be British was a reminder that such atrocities were not distant events.

''As for the apparent truth that the murderer was a British citizen, it just goes to show that while these events are taking place far from our shores, they can have ramifications right around the world,'' he said.

''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."


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