John Lilburne's journal on what seems to be the beginning of World War III and the commitment of Australians.
1721 Fri 14 Sep 2001
I spent some time on the internet this morning, contributing to the news discussion on www.catholic-pages.com and answering about four questions on the Catholicism section of www.askme.com. There were lots more questions than normal.
I went into the Cathedral for 1300, where there was a special Mass for the people who died in the U.S.A. There was a big crowd and it was unusual that it had no singing. It was good to speak with a few people after Mass.
On the train on the way back I read an article in The Age, by Thomas Friedman, with the headline: "Make no mistake: This is World War III. Part of what he wrote is:
I had my hair cut at Mitcham and they had a TV on. I listened to the Prime Minister, John Howard, commit Australian forces in accordance with the Anzus treaty.
I was impressed with what President Bush said yesterday with his cabinet. The particularly important sections, for me, were:
On the radio I have heard that police stormed a plane in the U.S.A. and arrested people with similar forged papers to those who did the first four hijackings. So there is a sense of a continuing threat.
It all seems so extraordinary.
Copyright J.R. Lilburne, 14 September 2001.
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