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Mr Rudd congratulated whom?

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12 November 2009 15:01

From today's Australian:

Mr Rudd also spoke by telephone with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and congratulated him on his recent election victory.

My colleague Anthony Bubalo recently made a strong case that we in the West have been too hard on Hamid Karzai. And I guess if we're going to have forces there to protect and defend the Afghan state against the Taliban, then congratulating Karzai on his 'victory' is a necessary fiction. Still, leaves a nasty taste.

I notice also that Rudd went for some rhetorical elevation in his remarks to the soldiers, employing the technique of 'anaphora' (repeating a sequence of words at the beginnings of neighbouring clauses). Unfortunately, he combined it with epiphora (repeating a sequence at the end of neighbouring clauses) in the same sequence, so ended up just saying the same thing twice:

"We in Australia are here for the long haul," Mr Rudd said. "We from Australia will remain for the long haul."