Reader Comments on Aardvark Daily 18 September 2001
Note: the comments below are the unabridged
submissions of readers and do
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From: Adam Knight For : The Editor (for publication) Subj: I'd rather they blew something up offshore! If I had an choice between having a target for terrorists in New Zealand or anywhere else I'd choose to have it off shore anytime! New Zealand may be far away from anything and neutral, but that's not going to stop people coming here to hurt American or European interests. France was not interested in attacking New Zealand when it bombed the Rainbow Warrior in our waters, it was (in its view) protecting its national interests! The plane blown up over Lockerbie was destroyed because it was American, not by anyone with a grudge against Scotland. Let the people who have an air force, navy, and army protect their own targets, and let's not endanger New Zealanders! From: Rob K For : The Editor (for publication) Subj: FBI - You don't WANT feedback Re: Yesterday's column Good point about no feedback or auto-reply on the FBI website. But unlike a customer service site in which feedback would be reassuring, an anonymous tipoff site would not get the same desirable effect. You want to be able to send something in and know that you WON'T be followed up on. That's the point of anonymous tipoffs :) Of course, it might be neat if they had a check box to offer a validation of receipt. Keep this in mind: An investigator will not give you an update on an investigation just because you gave the investigator infomration. Good observation, Bruce! Rob K Baton Rouge, LA From: Martnz For : The Editor (for publication) Subj: NZ as a Data Haven? The current Computerworld has a "NZ Promoted as e-biz hub" article on the front page. Could be that thousands of kilometres of undersea cable are a bit too easy to break and a bit too hard to repair? Fine as long as we are low-profile and perceived as friendly, but would you bet on NZ challenging the World's less "pleasant" community in international waters? From: Dominic For : Right Of Reply (for publication) Subj: relations I understand that NZ is not part of the ANZUS alliance because of it's position on Nuclear weaponry. I may be wrong. I can't see this country compromising it's position on nuclear weaponry for the cause of fighting global terrorism. I sense we are more passionate about our position than what we're willing to admit. I think that the world perceives NZ as a "lifestyle country". Quite frankly, I believe this perception is governing how the world treats us. It's not to our advantage at times. All the people I've spoken to about your column tell me that they'd rather have desirable living conditions - as we do - than anything else. I got told that they will fight for our way of life harder than what the USA is going fight for ending terrorism. I find that interesting. From: Sam Wallace For : The Editor (for publication) Subj: NZ The concern over the potential loss of IT oppportunities pales by comparison with supporting a Gov't that has a huge recent history of barbaric intervention responsible for millions of innocent deaths-far, far outweighing the horrific events in the U.S. last week. Check out http://www.zmag.org/reactionscalam.htm for serious reporting i.e. not tabloid media...Now Have Your Say
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