In the cultural relativist mess of contradictions rattling around ASIO boss David Irvine’s head, all religions are the same, and threats of terrorist attacks on Australian soil have ‘nothing to do with Islam’. It’s just as likely that such an attack could be carried out by, say, Methodists, or Buddhists, right?
“I can say this on behalf of the whole Australian government … We are not fighting Islam, we are fighting terrorism. And they’re two very, very different things,” Mr Irvine said.
“It just doesn’t make sense and frankly it’s an outrage to my sense of being an Australian that we would claim to be fighting Islam.”
In fact, pretending there is no link between Islam and terrorism isn’t going far enough, and Irvine continues:
Mr Irvine also urged more Muslims to join ASIO and acknowledged the government had more work to do in building bridges with Muslims.
“We in the government may not be as good at [listening to the Muslim community] as we should be and that’s something we also should continue to work on,” he said.
Why the continual kid-gloves approach with the Muslim community? On the one hand it’s ‘nothing to do with Islam’ but on the other, Islam is singled out for special treatment and extra consultation. As I said, it’s just a mess of contradictions.
“We only understand a community with the help of that community. We will make mistakes and we do make mistakes and … I would actually like more members of the Australian Muslim community working in ASIO. That will help us understand better, but this is an organisation that is designed to protect you and you should be part of it.” (source)
And this from the head of Australia’s security services? Extraordinary.
The longer we pretend we don’t know what we are up against, the longer it will take to deal with it, and the safety of Australians will be compromised by the very organisation that is supposed to protect it.