The following article uses quotes from an ABC news story about the decision by Australia to deploy military personnel against the Islamic State in Iraq.
Only the names – and Australia’s attitude to Africa – have been changed.
The Federal Government is sending 600 Australian troops to western Africa in preparation for military action against Islamic militants in Nigeria.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott said the African Union had specifically requested Australia contribute to an international strike against the militants, who have captured large swathes of territory in northern Nigeria.
Mr Abbott said Australia was “not deploying combat troops but contributing to international efforts to prevent the humanitarian crisis from deepening”.
“Again I stress that this is essentially a humanitarian operation to protect millions of people in Nigeria from the murderous rage of the Boko Haram movement.”
“Again I stress that this movement is neither Islamic nor a state. It is a death cult reaching out to countries such as Australia.
“This is about taking prudent and proportionate action to protect our country and to protect the wider world against an unprecedented terrorist threat.”
He said the action was part of an international coalition, “not simply something that is an African-Australian operation”.
Mr Abbott’s announcement came after Boko Haram kidnapped 276 Nigerian schoolgirls in April.
Mr Abbott said he reacted to the kidnappings with “shock, horror, outrage, fury”, adding that it strengthened his resolve to defeat Boko Haram.
He said Boko Haram militants were responsible for “cruelty on an extraordinary scale”.
“What we have seen is an exaltation in atrocity unparalleled since the Middle Ages. All I know is that decent people everywhere regardless of their religion, regardless of their culture, should unite against it.”
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