At least one leader tells the truth over Syria

Tony Abbott doesn’t pull any punches over Syria:

KEVIN Rudd has pointed out to Tony Abbott that international relations are “more complex than a John Wayne western”, as the Coalition tries to defend the Opposition Leader’s view of the Syrian crisis as “sophisticated”.

Mr Abbott dumbed down the crisis by saying it was not a situation of “goodies versus baddies” but “baddies versus baddies”.

Mr Rudd said it yet again proved Mr Abbott had no foreign affairs credibility.

He joked that if elected prime minister on Saturday, Mr Abbott would likely fire off his first cable to New York with a “fools guide to goodies and baddies”. 

“My single comment to Mr Abbott is this: International relations is more complex than a John Wayne western,” Mr Rudd said.

“So, once again we scratch our heads and wonder about judgement of such a person.”

Last week, the PM said Mr Abbott didn’t have the “temperament” to deal with an international crisis such as Syria and was not as good as his predecessor John Howard.

The Coalition has defended Mr Abbott’s description as a sophisticated analysis.

Mr Abbott has backed any US military action against Syria, but says it has to be carefully targeted and proportionate so it doesn’t make a bad situation worse.

He called the Syrian regime’s use of poison gas against its own people an utter abomination.

“That said, any punitive strike has got to be targeted, it’s got to be proportionate and it’s got to be carefully considered to try to ensure that as far as is humanly possible we aren’t making a bad situation worse,” he told ABC television on Sunday.

Mr Abbott said the Syrian conflict was a civil war between two unsavoury sides.

“It’s not goodies versus baddies, it’s baddies versus baddies and that’s why it’s very important that we don’t make a very difficult situation worse,” he said.

I disagree on proportionality…what a stupid statement. War is all about dis-proportionality…otherwise you get a stalemate or worse lose.

But in all other respects he is right about Syria…one set of bad wogs vs another set of bad wogs with no upside for the West.

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