Welcome to the new Australia

More vigilance required

More vigilance required

Get used to it, because it’s going to be around for a long time.

This new Australia is one in which, at anytime, anywhere, a random Muslim may decide to ‘go Jihad’ and shoot a tourist, behead a random stranger, bomb a plane, blow up a commuter train, suicide bomb a bar, or any number of other atrocities [stab policemen, even], without warning and without regard for the consequences.

There are half a million Muslims in Australia, the overwhelming majority of whom are peaceful and who have integrated well with our Western way of life. However, if even as little as 0.1% of them (1 in a thousand) have sympathies with Islamic State, then we have 500 potential jihadis in our midst.

I have faith in ASIO, the AFP and the other security services that they are already keeping tabs on the majority of these likely targets, but the risk comes from the wealthy, well-educated, nice Lebanese boy next door who has never been in trouble, but who one day turns into a lone wolf and commits a terrorist act in the name of his religion.

Having lived in the UK during the 70s and 80s, I am well acquainted with the restrictions on life that a terrorist threat may impose. During those decades, there was always the threat of mainland attacks by the Irish Republican Army (IRA), and we were used to seeing rubbish bins sealed up or removed, suspicion of any unattended bags on public transport, security checks at public buildings etc.

But we got used to it, and life continued. To do otherwise would be a victory for the terrorists.

So be alert – take notice of your surroundings when out in public. Don’t be afraid to ask “Whose bag is this?” if you are suspicious – people will appreciate your vigilance. Involve the police or security services if you have any concerns about a neighbour or friend.

Finally, a note to Muslims: enough already of the victim mentality. We don’t want to hear any more about it, OK? You are not the victims here. Just get onside with the rest of us and help defeat this threat.

More unhelpful responses from ANIC

An Islamic Australia (as pictured above) is the aim

An Islamic Australia (as pictured above) is the aim

Yet more excuses and yet more demands – what a surprise.

The Australian National Imam’s Council (ANIC) has issued a press release (PDF) criticising the Abbott government for its proposed anti-terror laws.

Some of the reasoning is dispiriting in the extreme, and there is not one mention of any commonality of purpose or accepting any responsibility – just driving wedges further between themselves and the rest of the country.

Rather than acknowledging that there are problems for the Muslim community in Australia to address openly and honestly, which the ANIC fails to even mention, it instead blames Australian foreign policy for the threat of Islamic violence (see below) and thereby demonstrates that it has little if any desire to work with the Australian government on countering this threat. I would suggest to George Brandis that negotiation or consultation with such groups is futile.  [Read more…]

Muslim leader backs ‘Team Australia’

Bravo - joins the Team

Bravo – joins the Team

It’s a good start. How long before other Muslim community leaders condemn him for it?

HIGH-PROFILE Muslim leader Dr Jamal Rifi says he will happily buy “a one-way ticket” for any Islamic radicals wanting to leave Australia.

Dr Rifi said the Muslim community in Sydney was deeply offended by comments made by Wissam Haddad, the manager of Al-Risalah Islamic Centre in Bankstown, who said he and his followers would “give up their passports” if they could leave without “being incriminated”.

Mr Haddad made the statement following Prime Minister Tony Abbott ­announcing a $64 million counter-terrorism package. “I’ll buy them a one-way ­ticket out of Australia never to come back,” the Belmore-based Dr Rifi said.

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Shock! The phrase ‘Team Australia’ is divisive

Why are you even here?

Why are you even here?

Naturally, because anything which doesn’t plunge feet first into the fetid sludge of multicultural enrichment must be bad.

I’m sure you all know the drill by now. Australian culture (or any developed, prosperous, fully-functioning Western culture for that matter) is that of the evil white, Anglo-Saxon, Judeo-Christian invaders, whereas any other culture (with the most Brownie points being awarded to utterly dysfunctional regimes from the poorest regions of the developing world) has to be ‘celebrated’, ‘respected’ and embraced in the spirit of  ‘diversity’.

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