September 11, 2004


Mark Latham's outraged, dignified response to the Jakarta attack has upset Sydney Morning Herald ghoul Alan Ramsey, who complains about "Mark Latham's gushing rush the instant the Jakarta car bomb exploded" and bitches about how "cringing and limp-wristed Labor has become these days at the mere mention of anything to do with 'the war'".

Memo to SMH editors: if youíre selling newspapers to human beings, itís probably a good idea to employ human columnists. You know, instead of whatever the hell Ramsey is.

Also in todayís SMH -- profiles of several bombing victims:

Mughofir worked for a construction company and lived in Jakarta. He was originally from Klaten in central Java, where his body was returned yesterday for burial. He was married to Nurhayati, 39, and had two children - a daughter, Tuti Alawiyah, 19, and a son, Ichsan Assegaf, 10. He had recently returned from Medan, in Sumatra, where he was doing construction work, and had brought back his son a video cartoon.

Kompas newspaper reported that Nurhayati and Tuti were watching the bombing on TV when they saw Mughofir's name appear. Nurhayati said she rang and rang his mobile phone, to prove the TV wrong, but no one answered. It was only when his colleague picked up and told her the news that the tragedy struck home.


A five-year-old Australian girl critically injured in the bombing of the Australian Embassy in Jakarta has undergone further surgery in a Singapore hospital and is in a stable condition.

Doctors operated on Elisabeth Manuela ''Manny'' Bambina Musu's head injuries last night, soon after she was airlifted to Singapore.

Grace Ngoh, a spokeswoman for SOS International, which evacuated Manny from Jakarta, said the child was in an intensive care unit in a stable condition at the Mount Elizabeth private hospital.

Manny's Indonesian mother, 27-year-old Maria Eva Kumalawati, was among the nine people killed in Thursday's explosion.

When the blast occurred, Manny had been heading to the embassy with her mother to pick up her new Australian passport after becoming a citizen on September 1.

UPDATE. Keep on sliding, Paul McGeough.

Posted by Tim Blair at September 11, 2004 02:49 PM


"I'll leave the death of the Jakarta embassy gates to the hysterics"

Is Alan Ramsay Margo Kingston's dad?

Posted by: Andrew at September 11, 2004 at 02:58 PM


"I'll leave the death of the Jakarta embassy gates to the hysterics"

Ramseys inhumanity made my stomach churn when I read that this morning.
I was reaching for words to describe him.Ghoul is a good one Tim.
I look forward to reading some others in future posts.
What makes a man so indifferent to anothers suffering in the deluded idea that he is justified in persuing the greater good of his personal vendetta on Howard and be oblivious to all else?
He must sit at home in some darkened corner of his house all hunched up looking for some new way of rehashing his bile.
The SMH is truly sick if they must have this man as its lead opinion writer.

Posted by: gubbaboy at September 11, 2004 at 04:53 PM

That is very sad about Manny. I hope she recovers.

Posted by: Quentin George at September 11, 2004 at 04:54 PM

Maybe it WOULD be better for us all of Howard loses on October 9. I mean, can any of you guys imagine how much more twisted the "anyone but Howard" crowd will be if he's still in power 3 years from now?

Alan Ramsey, Michael Leunig, Bob Brown and Phillip after 3 more years of Howard? Man, that would not be pretty!

The same goes for Bush. If he gets a second term, I reckon Michael Moore and most of A.N.S.W.E.R will eventually end up joining Al Qaeda.

No, wait....then we'd get to hunt them down! "Four more years! Four more years!" :-)

Posted by: Richard at September 11, 2004 at 04:58 PM

Who could not agonise and feel terrible regret over the plight of the small child who was so terribly injured in the Jakarta bombing? I cannot begin to imagine how I would feel if it were one of my children! But one cannot also but feel sickened by the the opportunism of the old media Australian Press who blare about an 'Australian' child being injured. For God's sake, a few days ago this poor mite was 'just' another anonymous Indonesian child, and yet, because an Embassy official read a few, quite meaningless lines, she has become an 'Australian'! Does anyone imagine that, if this poor waif had not been 'anointed' as an Australian that she would have rated more than a few words in the news reports?
The 'old media' has much to answer for with its entrenched and blatant, although skillfully concealed, racism. The hypocrisy is disgusting.

Posted by: Boss Hog at September 11, 2004 at 06:03 PM

Boss Hog:

I think part of the appeasenik line of reasoning, either explicit or implicit, is that "we cannot win the war on terror". If it turns out one of the hurt is Australian, the conclusion they will give us is "they can kill you - seek terms while you can!".

Posted by: Andjam at September 11, 2004 at 06:15 PM

From the U.K telegraph 6 September

Cleric supports targeting children
By Rajeev Syal
(Filed: 05/09/2004)

An extremist Islamic cleric based in Britain said yesterday that he would support hostage-taking at British schools if carried out by terrorists with a just cause.

Omar Bakri Mohammed, the spiritual leader of the extremist sect al-Muhajiroun, said that holding women and children hostage would be a reasonable course of action for a Muslim who has suffered under British rule.

In an interview with The Sunday Telegraph, Mr Mohammed said: "If an Iraqi Muslim carried out an attack like that in Britain, it would be justified because Britain has carried out acts of terrorism in Iraq.

"As long as the Iraqi did not deliberately kill women and children, and they were killed in the crossfire, that would be okay."

Mr Mohammed, 44, who lives in Edmonton, north London, but is originally from Syria, also claimed that the Chechen rebels were not responsible for the deaths of more than 350 people - at least half of them children - who are so far known to have died in Beslan.

"The Mujahideen [Chechen rebels] would not have wanted to kill those people, because it is strictly forbidden as a Muslim to deliberately kill women and children. It is the fault of the Russians," he said.

The father of seven came to Britain in 1985 after being deported from Saudi Arabia because of his membership of a banned group. He has since been given leave by the Home Office to remain in Britain for five years but the Government is reviewing his status.

He gave an interview yesterday to promote a "celebratory" conference in London next Saturday to commemorate the third anniversary of the September 11 attacks.

Andrew Dismore, the Labour MP for Hendon, was infuriated by Mr Mohammed's comments. "That sounds to me like incitement and I will report him to Scotland Yard," he said. "It is an insult to most moderate Muslims, who are sick of people like this claiming to represent them.

Posted by: Ivan at September 12, 2004 at 12:07 AM

Good News!

The Austral;ian Democrats have endorsed a 19-year-old vegetarian lesbian to head the Victorian Senate team (beating Don Chipp's son).

The nation will be in safe hands at last.

Posted by: Sue at September 12, 2004 at 12:25 AM

I'm sure the vegetarian lesbian will protect Australia from sharia as if her life depended on it.

Self-preservation instincts of hippies ... hmm, scratch that thought.

Posted by: Andjam at September 12, 2004 at 02:19 AM

The West's massive military response to the September 11 attacks has generated hatred, confusion and new fears that old enemies are still recruiting, writes Paul McGeough.

Hm. "Old enemies"? Seems like the September 11 attacks didn't have to generate much.

They called the card as Chechen terrorists rigged a Russian school with explosives before more than 300 of their hostages died in a horrific clash with Russian security forces;

Damn those hostages! They will run when they get they think they're going to be killed anyway, won't they? Damned inconvenient, having to shoot them in the back as they scurry. And those Russian security forces, shooting back! What's a freedom fighter to do, eh?

Posted by: Rebecca at September 12, 2004 at 04:37 AM

That is sad about Manny. What an ironic twist to her gaining Australian citizenship. I wish her a speedy recovery and a long, healthy life.

On the other hand, Ramsey is a hate filled prick. 'Nuff said there.

Posted by: The Real JeffS at September 12, 2004 at 05:41 AM

Whatever the hell Ramsey is

Alanusramseyus, genus curmudgeon: Endangered species, native to Australia, currently only one of which is in existence. Was born 50 years old and shows every sign of continuing that way for the rest of his life. Natural habitat is the Sydney Morning Herald, where he shows a remarkable talent for mimicry (recycling the quotes of others, ad nauseum).

BTW, that vegetarian lesbian has a blog, I think - chanced across it one day but haven't been able to find it since. Anyone know it's address?

Posted by: TimT at September 12, 2004 at 10:14 AM

TimT, I believe the blog you are referring to is

Posted by: Anonymous at September 12, 2004 at 05:50 PM

Ah yes. Not only is the lass vegetarian, 19-year old, homosexual (the trifecta!), she is also of the female gender and she is one legged.
Of course, she may do a very good job - who knows??? - but it is amusing to see the Democrats being so cloyingly politically-correct. Christopher Pearson, for one, was unimpressed:

Newspoll aside, evidence of the extent to which the Democrats are suffering a collective death wish is not common knowledge. For example, surprisingly little attention has been paid to Jess Healy, the 19-year-old, one-legged lesbian heading the Victorian Senate ticket, and Jenny Scott, her transgendered counterpart in South Australia. And, no, I'm not joking. If they are the Democrats' idea of the candidates from central casting, heaven only knows what triumphs of tokenism are on offer in the other states.

Good luck to the girl, anyway.

Posted by: TimT at September 12, 2004 at 08:07 PM