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posted on February 11, 2003 at 3:01 am
Its Melanie again, i asked you for a livejournal code a coupla days ago lol. I got my own journal now! I paid $5 for 2 months membership. I’ve listed you as a friend! I haven’t actually written any entries yet but i will soon. OMG I can’t believe you work at the CSIRO branch in Macquarie! I’ll be studying there from next month. I’ve been there already a few times for enrolment etc.. but nothing that spectacular lol. Anyhoo, keep writing!
Love Mel x
posted on February 11, 2003 at 7:28 pm
Coolness! Congrats on your LJ.. it’s really quite addictive 😛 You’ll be happy with Macquarie Uni too, it’s a really nice campus!
posted on February 12, 2003 at 7:12 pm
I was just wondering if you had any thoughts to share in your journal regarding the current threat of war between the US and Iraq, etc. I’d find it interesting to hear what the Australian population is thinking.
posted on February 12, 2003 at 7:19 pm
Re: Current Events
First of all, I’m kind of embarassed to admit I don’t really know the full situation. I never keep up with the news or read newspapers, and my form of news is logging on to cnn.com 2-3 times a week.. so my take on world issues is a bit pathetic, to say the least.
I did hear about US preparing for war because Iraq failed the weapons inspection, and at first, I was going “YES! Shoot ’em down for not obliging to the rules and lying to the US and the rest of the world!” but then now I hear that so many people are against the war, and rumours that the US government is using that as a “red herring” in order to get what they really want – monopoly over Iraq’s oil. I guess no one can answer that question of the government’s real motives except the government themselves, but those anti-war people do have a point.
And as far as I know, the Aussie government is supportive of the US, but is telling the Australian people that he is still free to back out. I doubt it though, John Howard (prime minister) has a reputation around here for being led around the nose by the US :T
As for the Uni kids? I haven’t heard much talk about it. But it’s pretty much divided, half want war to basically cull Iraq, and the other half think there are better ways to go about it. What do you think?
PS. The Australian government distributed an “anti-terrorist” kit to every household in Australia, with details on what to do during wartime and if a terrorist strikes. I think it amused more people than it did scare though! And the ad for that kit is on TV every single time the ads come on, literally.
posted on February 13, 2003 at 9:32 pm
Living in the US is quite scary for a paranoid person just like myself. Osama bin laden recently has told the muslim communities (or cells here in the US) to voluntary initiate suicide attacks against the american people (like what is going on in Israel right now). I’m getting very nervous. It’s starting to effect my life on a daily basis now. I was always afraid to fly and now since 9/11 I feel too nervous to every fly again. Also, I get extremely nervous when driving over a bridge. When taking the subway/trains. When going to the mall (this is where I draw the line, NOTHING stops me from going to the mall). Lately, I have been wishing to move to Australia. Or Bermuda. You never hear about any types of major conflict in those areas. I have a friend who lives in Melbourne. He loves it. He always tells me to visit, but once again, I’m petrified to fly. I personally feel that if we took Osama & Sadam down we would not eliminate terrorist. There will always be the rise of a twisted “leader”. Something must be done about this. War may not be the answer. In history, whenever there was a dispute, almost always, a NATION was responsible. We could pinpoint it on “germany” or “russia” etc. But now, cowardly terrorists hiding out in those middle eastern nations are responsible. We don’t know where to find them. We will piss an entire country off by declaring war on them for letting terrorists “hide out” there. In high school, when we all learned about American HIstory there were different time periods; different ages. To think, in years to come this will be labeled the “age of terrorism”.
posted on February 16, 2003 at 3:02 pm
I think one of the biggest threats that Iraq/terrorists pose is that they’re desperate. They’re quite willing to give up their lives, which makes them so much more dangerous because a person strapped with hidden bombs walking into a crowded area isn’t as obvious as a a truck driving into a busy area. So the fact that they’re willing to give up their life makes them dangerous.. they have nothing to lose, right? Whereas no way would an American do that, because they’re not as desperate. And I think it’s this desperation that drives the terrorists, as well as the fact that they’re completely merciless when it comes to killing civilians :T
And you’re right, the thought of this time being “the age of terrorism” is awful. I never thought I’d live to see a world war, but it really does look like one isn’t far off.
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