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Australia leader links Bali bomb attack victims with war in Iraq

Prime Minister John Howard says the deaths of 89 Australians in last year’s Bali bombings helps justify his hardline pro-U.S. stance against Iraq. “If chemical and biological weapons ever got into the hands of terrorists we could have even more horrific outcomes than occurred in Bali,” Howard said Monday in New Zealand, where he is holding trade and economic talks with its Prime Minister Helen Clark. Howard told New Zealand television on Sunday that casualties could occur in a war with Iraq just as they had on Bali, where blasts at two nightclubs on Oct. 12 killed more than 200 people — mostly foreign tourists. Casualties “occur in the most benign of circumstances. We lost Australians in Bali because of a willful act of international terrorism, and we had to grapple with that,” Howard said. His comments angered relatives of the Bali victims. Full Story

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