and i thought tony blair was brave (how about tony, by the way? stirring speech today in the house of commons!). this guy, john howard, is going against 70% of australians, according to polls. that’s a really high percentage. hope those polls are wrong, otherwise i might expand my travel boycott to australia. they even defaced the beautiful sydney opera house. the pm has committed a couple thousand troops. maybe that’s a drop in the bucket to our quarter million, but it’s great to have their support.