July 30th 2005

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Articles from this issue:

COVER STORY: In the name of Allah, the wise and the merciful

EDITORIAL: Islamist terrorism: what it signifies

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Dangers of a national ID card

BIOETHICS: Review of human cloning and embryo experimentation

DRUGS CONFERENCE: Tougher approach on drugs urged

WOMEN'S HEALTH: Conspiracy of silence about breast cancer

WORKPLACE RELATIONS: New workplace reforms: the devil is in the detail

SUGAR INDUSTRY: Ethanol coming: but nothing for farmers

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: How to help countries to prosper

STRAWS IN THE WIND: Immigration - who cleans up? / Copping payback / To be or not to be? / Terrorism as ideology

CULTURE AND CIVILISATION: The Judeo-Christian legacy

CONSERVATION: Conservation vs. environmentalism

A national ID card? (letter)

Chirac's untimely taunts (letter)

Max wrong on tax (letter)

Revenue-raising stunt (letter)

BOOKS: CIVIL PASSIONS: Selected Writings, by Martin Krygier

BOOKS: BOY SOLDIERS OF THE GREAT WAR: Their own stories for the first time, by Richard van Emden

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Chirac's untimely taunts (letter)

by Frank Bellet

News Weekly, July 30, 2005

In view of the tragedy in London, the French President surely must be regretting his recent untimely comment that Britain's only contribution to European agriculture, was mad cow disease. I have no British forebears, however it annoyed me coming from him.

Another constant favourite target of his tongue is America.

Perhaps Chirac has been dining out on suspect British beef, because his ageing brain has forgotten that the French, who have not won a war in living memory, have an agriculture, thanks to their country being liberated by Allied forces, including British and Americans, whose many graves adorn his countryside.

Frank Bellet,
Petrie, Qld.

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