War on two fronts?
The Aussie Greens are reacting particularly hysterically to the failure of Howard's grunts to bring the natives under control. Greens leader Bob Brown is urging Howard to bring 'our boys' home from Afghanistan and Iraq - so that they can be deployed in East Timor, not to mention the Solomons and other parts of the 'arc of instability' around Australia. Fiji is the latest storm on the horizon, as the re-elected Qarase government tries to move against its critics in the country's army with the same sort of mass sacking that sparked the crisis in East Timor.
Australia has been one of Bush's 'heavy lifters' in Iraq, but it also has all sorts of obligations and interests as the US's deputy sheriff in the Asia-Pacific region. The country's military is becoming dangerously stretched as it tries to operate on two fronts for Bush.