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Tim Blair

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Wednesday, December 04, 2002
 
YOU SAID IT, MAHATHIR, ME OLD MATE.

Appropriate that the first south east Asian head of state to respond to the beat up of John Howard's "we'll go after them" statement should be Mahathir the Mad.

He says that any Australian intervention would be an act of war.

Which country hasn't been able to find al Quaeda's regional representative Hambali, who has been in residence for several years? Yes, that Hambali. The one living next door to Bashir the duck. The one Jack "rock-head" Roche had no trouble meeting in Malaysia, on his way to do lunch with bin Laden.

Yes, that Malaysia.

Don't say it out loud, but that's just the sort of behaviour that makes the break-down-the-door option so necessary.