Apparently believing they’re involved in a game of playground name-calling, the Iranian government has designated the United States Middle East-based Central Command a terrorist organisation.
The move, labelled ‘ridiculous’ by Australia’s defence chiefs, comes after US President Donald Trump put the Iranian Revolutionary Guard on its list of terrorist organisations.
On Wednesday, Defence secretary Greg Moriarty told a Senate inquiry in Canberra
‘The United States Central Command conducts itself in accordance with US law and with international law…
‘The Australian Department of Defence does not recognise at all — and in fact, views as ridiculous — any designation or accusation that the United States Central Command is a terrorist organisation’.
US terrorist label is a high profile international stoush
Mr Moriarty reminded the public that the US Central Command remains a crucial arm of the American military, and for that reason a very close ally of Australia.
When asked for his opinion, Defence Chief Angus Campbell was especially blunt, telling senators the pushback was ‘Doubly ridiculous’.
And that’s really the only way to describe this tit for tat we have witnessed. But the real concern is that in the high-profile-international playground battle, throwing around the words ‘terrorist organisation’ is becoming commonplace.
Free Report: Australia’s right to free speech is under attack! Discover how a select group of Australians want to stifle your fundamental right to speak your mind — and what you can do help turn the tide.