"It seems Muslims are neither welcome here, nor can they be trusted, because the Government's involvement in the war on terrorism means that this country is at war with the religion of Islam.
This is why Mr Daye was treated as though he were an enemy combatant, and the sooner we stand up to this gross injustice, then the sooner this nation will be spared the infamy of heading towards another Holocaust."(The story about Mr Daye was that his house was raided by ASIO by mistake shortly after 9/11.)
Zankin(who has long suffered Howard Derangement Syndrome) has attracted many comments over the years in the Australian right wing blogosphere (check Google,) but I think the above letter is likely his all time personal best. (For moonbat dribbling hyperbole.) Of course, the reward for this is having your letter on top of the pile in the Saturday SMH.
The other letter from that edition (see same link above) that was so breathtakingly wrongheaded was this:
"Why not urge our Government to try making friends instead of alienating just about everyone except their powerful business and American cronies?
The refugee policy, the invasion of Iraq, the downgrading of support for the United Nations, the patronising attitude to South Pacific nations and the refusal to say sorry to indigenous people are just the beginning of the long list of ways in which this Government has put Australia "on the nose" for fair-minded people around the globe and at home.
No wonder it wants to hide behind repressive laws and razor wire. It has made a lot of enemies.
Michael McGrath Manly Vale"
Relations with all those countries who are either physically near to us (such as Indonesia) or our trading partners (US, Japan, China etc) appear to have never been better. (And I love the fact that this must really annoy Paul Keating.)
The Howard government has only "alienated" those individuals, like McGrath, who would never have voted for it in the first place. Dill.