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Tensions Flare
Australia Recalls Ambassador to Indonesia
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  • ljgude

    As both and American and an Australian long resident in Perth I have no enthusiasm for execution but recognize it as something sovereign nations and indeed US States do as part of a policy of deterrence. I have no disagreement with PM Abbott when he says the executions were cruel and unnecessary. That is clearly a genuine difference of view with President Widodo and there is should remain. Recalling the Ambassador can’t help but harm relations with Indonesia, nor will it resurrect the dead. Given that Abbott has been struggling for popularity in recent times this might drama be intended for the domestic audience, but that is just speculation.

    • John Stephens

      There’s no ‘might’ about it, the whole thing is bunkum for domestic consumption.

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