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What Did Aussies Know?

Discussion in 'Issues Around the World' started by ethics, Dec 1, 2002.

  1. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

    Since the recent terrorist attacks against Israeli citizens in Mombasa, an interesting debate has arisen in the UK as to why the Australian and French governments were warning their citizens at least two weeks ago to avoid non-essential travel to Kenya. In the case of the Australian warnings, <a href="http://www.foreignminister.gov.au/releases/2002/fa176_02.html">the travel advice was specific as to avoiding Mombasa.</a>(scroll down to the last part of the message).

    The Australian foreign minister Alexander Downer stated, 'This advice was based on intelligence information that warned of possible terrorist attacks against Western interests in Mombasa. Australia had no specific information about the timing, location or method of the possible attacks.'

    Nevertheless, criticism is mounting in the UK that the <a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/2526951.stm">Foreign Office should have warned British citizens</a> to avoid the area as well.

    If Australia got it right, so the argument goes, why didn't the rest of the world?

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