Rob Burgess: litany of excuses for Islamic terrorism

Rob Burgess - making excuses for Islam

Rob Burgess – making excuses for Islam

This is the kind of moral equivalence that apologists love to play on: equating the few extremely rare terrorist atrocities carried out by non-Muslims with the thousands of acts carried out in the name of Islam and the global jihad.

Rob Burgess, journo from the Business Spectator, gives a series of examples of the genre:

More recently around the world we’ve seen Anders Breivik [breathlessly hailed as a ‘Christian’ terrorist by the media] gunning down youth members of a Norwegian political party in 2012, pressure-cooker bombs set off by a couple of Chechen brothers in the 2013 Boston Marathon [what, just a couple of random ‘brothers’? I guess they were Methodists, perhaps? No mention that they, too, were Muslim], more high-school shootings and the questions over the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight 370 in March.

And these are only the terror acts that make the western news cycle. Bombings in Pakistan [Muslim again] or attacks in China’s western provinces [that would be Muslims, yet again, in Xinjiang province, I guess?] usually fall off the radar

Similar attacks on the Australian mainland have been less common [‘less common’? Understatement…], but feature such random acts as:

— the racist Australian Nationalist Movement blowing up Chinese restaurants in Perth in the 1980s (one dopey ANM member admitted in a subsequent documentary that he and his wife had often enjoyed dining at one he’d destroyed)

— the bizarre fire-bombing of the Whiskey a Go Go club in Sydney that killed 15 in 1973.

— and what ASIO calls ‘active shooter’ events, such as the Hoddle Street shootings in Melbourne and the Port Arthur massacre.

There was also a foiled attempt by four men [what, just four random ‘men’? What kind of ‘men’ were they? Baptists, perhaps? Note the careful avoidance of the ‘M’ word again] to stage a mass shooting at Holsworthy Army Barracks in NSW in 2009.

Note how these random acts, with disparate motivations, are viewed by apologists as being somehow equivalent to a global political ideology which requires adherents to spread it by violent means if necessary. And then the ‘racism’ canard is wheeled out:

In recent days we have seen thinly disguised racism appearing from journalists and commentators, [what race is Islam again?] and our political leaders feeling once again they must ‘do something’ about fighters returning from the Iraq and Syria conflict zones, despite the fact we have had a sophisticated and multi-faceted counter-terrorism plan in place for years.

Prime Minister Abbott has tried to rally support among Muslim leaders for more stringent anti-terror laws, and has met some hostility [petty boycotts of meetings with the Prime Minister isn’t exactly a productive way for Muslim leaders to appear to be taking the issue seriously, especially when they then demand ‘more dialogue’]. 

For non-Muslims, such as the present author, it may be difficult to empathise with Muslims, who make up around 2.5 per cent of the Australian population, getting angry with the PM’s attempts to do something [perhaps if you understood the requirement for Muslims to spread Islam in non-Muslim countries, you would appreciate why such moves are unpopular].

Perhaps an easier way to comprehend their anger is to think back to some of the attacks listed above, perpetrated by political, religious, or plain mentally-unwell individuals who were nominally Christian.

A few random nut cases are blithely equated with the global jihad. 

And rather than address the real cause of Islamic terror (the doctrines in the Qur’an which are preached by Islamic ‘scholars’ and used as justification for terrorist attacks), the excuses come out:

And all the while, the process of radicalisation which does take place in some Muslim-dominated suburbs of Australia, gets less attention that it deserves — because the disenfranchisement, joblessness and poverty that underpin it is harder to address than apprehending people at the airport (and as indicated above, we already have sophisticated plans for dealing with such people).

Yet somebody in the Prime Minister’s office has noticed that disadvantage and disenfranchisement need to be addressed. The PM yesterday announced as part of a broader package, $13 million for education, youth activities and employment programs for young Muslims at risk of radicalisation. (source)

That will be $13 million poured down the drain. Many of the high-profile Muslims who in the past have gone to wage jihad are prosperous and well-educated – doctors, engineers, lawyers. It has nothing whatsoever to do with ‘disadvantage and disenfranchisement’.

But it’s so much easier to blame ourselves rather than deal with the painful truth.

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