Australian contender sparks foreign policy furor

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian opposition leader Tony Abbott’s description of the Syrian civil war as “baddies versus baddies” has triggered an election furor and raised questions about his foreign policy abilities should he be elected prime minister.

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on Monday described Abbott’s take on the Middle Eastern Crisis as “the most simplistic analysis I’ve ever heard.”

Rudd urged Australians not to vote for Abbott’s conservative coalition in elections on Saturday if they doubt his “ability to judge complex questions of war and peace.”

Abbott came under fire over an interview he gave to Australian Broadcasting Corp. on Sunday on the Syrian crisis.

Abbott said. “It’s not goodies versus baddies — it’s baddies versus baddies, and that’s why it is very important that we don’t make a very difficult situation worse.”

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