Posted by sigismund on June 3, 2012, at 14:33:38
In reply to Re: Extradition of Assange to Sweden, posted by Beckett on June 3, 2012, at 8:06:18
Yes; it would have cost her nothing (you might have thought) for her to at least say 'We can see now law that he has broken. He is entitled to the rights and responsibilities of any Australian citizen and we shall do our best to see that he gets them.'
Why did she not say this?
Because it counts for nothing.
You can be picked up off the streets and taken to Egypt and tortured and no one will say very much.
Australia has been in all of America's wars, giving them (I think the word is) fulsome support. The Americans might respect us more if we gave more real advice. For us it is just the payment of an insurance policy. When Gillard and Abbott say 'We will stay the course in Afghanistan so that the deaths of our brave soldiers have not been in vain' everyone knows that we will declare victory and leave 5 minutes after you do.