ISIS, ISIL, ISLAMIC STATE, Al-Qaeda — call them what you like — are filthy, sub-human barbarians: uncivilised terrorists utterly devoid of morals, whose only agenda is to rape, torture and kill anyone in their path who cannot be subjugated and enslaved. The free world is united in its outrage at the catastrophe in the Middle East; Australia’s Greens, however, worry the terrorists might suffer wounded feelings. They can rot in hell, too.
It takes a certain chutzpah for members of Parliament to claim their own country’s armed forces could be viewed as terrorists as they deploy to deal with a “movement” whose weapons are the rape of women and children, torture, and gruesome murder, at the same time as they contend these evil creatures might be affronted by depictions of them as terrorists in their own country’s channels of public communication.
Communist Party Greens have done it: in deploying to the Middle East to assist a concerted international effort to deal with the scourge that is ISIS, Australia’s own soldiers are the bad guys, whilst some kind of concern should be spared for the feelings of those committing unspeakable atrocities on a rapidly ballooning scale.
“Often our forces could be seen by Iraqi civilians as terrorists,” Greens Senator Peter Whish-Wilton told the Senate earlier this week, adding — somewhat confusedly — that “dehumanising and demonising our enemies is an effective tool for leading a nation to war, but this kind of propaganda won’t bring peace.”
Well, here’s a bulletin for the Tasmanian Senator, whose words in years past would have been sufficient to see him imprisoned for treason, sedition, and any number of other offences: the West is at war with ISIS — in the name of human decency, the rule of law, for the safety of the peoples whose welfare is threatened, and for what is right.
Whish-Wilson has pleaded — to the point of begging — to find some other, less offensive term than “terrorists” to refer to the ISIS forces. One can only assume he’s concerned that calling them terrorists will hurt their feelings. One is all broken up about the wounded sensitivities of terrorists, and has no truck with whining about the rights of bloody murderers when women and kids are being raped and killed in the name of “religion.”
Driven by a brand of radical fundamentalist Islam determined to impose a Sharia dictatorship based on an extremely strict interpretation of the Koran on as wide an area and population as possible — with no stated limit in terms of these objectives — the forces behind ISIS (or whatever it calls itself this week) are pure evil; these filthy, sub-human barbarians have to date “executed” by beheading at least three Westerners for the explicit benefit and consumption of the watching Western media.
These murders have served as a gruesome and macabre backdrop to the rape of thousands of civilian women and children; the torture and enslavement of thousands more; and the murder of a countless number of their own people in the name of expanding “the Caliphate” as widely and as comprehensively as possible, transcending national and even continental boundaries, and ostensibly revelling in the violence with which these goals are pursued.
So horrific are the obscenities committed by ISIS that those who have witnessed them are returning from the coalface with deeply seated mental scars that will probably persist for a lifetime; I saw an article this morning by one such journalist from London’s Telegraph newspaper, and this eyewitness account makes for compelling, and sickening, reading.
The Greens, meanwhile — horrified by the prospect that the democratic, civilised world should intervene to try to end the indiscriminate brutality and slaughter — have already tried (and failed) to argue the case for the deployment of Australian troops to be made contingent on an authorising vote of Parliament; it’s a sign of the sickness that afflicts the Senate that the system which allows little bands of fruit cakes to be elected to it on a sliver of the national vote could be used to perpetuate the rape and slaughter that ISIS is ruthlessly and remorselessly engaging in.
Make no mistake, this proposal was really about exploiting the Senate to ensure the violence and carnage in the Middle East is allowed to continue freely; the Greens — given the opportunity — would do everything in their power to stop efforts to deal with ISIS that involved sending Australian troops. The continuation of that violence and carnage would be the direct result.
Not content with this failed endeavour, however, that frightful, pious, sanctimonious figure at the head of the Australian Greens, Christine Milne, weighed into the debate yesterday as The Australian is reporting; her contribution — distilled to its core — is essentially the contention that by sending troops to the Middle East, jihadists will be emboldened to kill more people, and to recruit others to their ranks to assist in this.
Just how ridiculous the Milne position is can be easily illustrated by posing the inverse question: by not sending troops, will jihadists stop recruiting people, stop raping and torturing and killing civilians, and stop trying to spread their insidious and contemptible brand of hardline Islamic terror across the world?
I didn’t think so. About the nicest thing that can be said about Christine Milne is that once again, she has shown herself to be appallingly naive.
Piers Akerman — the columnist in Sydney’s Daily Telegraph whose opinions so frequently and eloquently mirror my own — has ripped into the Greens over this issue today; he makes the valid point that for a party that so often seeks the succour of UN treaties as a vehicle upon which to attempt to circumvent Australian law in the pursuit of their God-forsaken socialist utopia, the Greens now refuse to heed the views expressed by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon: the haughty moral indignation with which they brandish the unelected United Nations at the Australian public is disposable, it seems, when even the UN isn’t a convenient fit with their agenda.
Indeed, UN envoy Navi Pillay — a Greens’ favourite, as Piers observes, for her propensity to attack Western democratic governments — has likened the brutality of the ISIS forces to crimes against humanity.
But that little inconvenience doesn’t bother the Greens either.
To be clear, the hardening resolve of the West to respond militarily to the ISIS threat and the imminent actions to do so are not directed against the Muslims of the world, per se; hundreds of millions of Muslims seek only to be left alone to live in peace. No right-minded individual in the West has any quarrel with these people.
Yet the Islamic jihad that is rolling across the Middle East is by no means confined to a localised civil war between Sunni and Shia Muslims, which was the ostensible pretext for this fight in the first place; initially focused on setting up an Islamic State in parts of Iraq, Libya and Syria, the ISIS fungus is creeping outwards on all fronts. Moderate, stable Muslim countries in the region are terrified.
Even Iran has made repeated gestures toward the United States to signal that it wishes to partner Uncle Sam in defeating the ISIS movement.
And just this week, Al-Qaeda (which is the real driver of this terrorist machine) set up shop in India, seeking to recruit and radicalise men to fight in its name, and to spread the “Caliphate” into South Asia — and, chillingly, beyond the recognised boundaries of the Muslim world.
In other words, ISIS is a global threat, not simply a regional one.
But of course, the Greens in Australia simply don’t get it.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott is absolutely correct to describe ISIS as a “death cult.” Appropriately (for once), opposition leader Bill Shorten offered Abbott Labor’s unqualified support on the ISIS challenge. US Vice-President Joe Biden vowed that the United States would pursue ISIS jihadists “to the gates of hell if necessary…for hell is where they reside.” British Prime Minister David Cameron spoke of the need for international solidarity to counter “the brutal and poisonous extremism of ISIS.” And Christine Milne and Senator Whish-Wilton have fretted about demonising “terrorists” because such language “implies a very one-sided view of the world.”
Those who would defame Australia’s fine military personnel — not least at a time when many of them will soon face the dangers of dealing with ISIS first hand — are unfit to serve in public office; the Greens are enemies of this country and its best interests. By their utterances on the question of ISIS, they have once again quite openly laid the proof of this out for all to see.
Human catastrophes of this kind tend to bring out the best in good people, whatever their ordinary flaws and differences; to this end Biden has it about right: ISIS should be hunted down as far as the gates of hell. Hell is where they belong, and where they will reside when all is done. It is the duty of decent men and women to rid the Middle East of the scourge that is ISIS — a malignant and despotic junta that threatens to engulf the entire region and, potentially, much of the world around it.
In his pursuit of ISIS to the gates of hell, however, Biden should be unsurprised upon arrival to find mounted on that portcullis a placard from the Australian Greens: after all, the Greens stand for nothing of value, and what they do stand for is reprehensible in its values, principles, and the indecent world that would result if their lunatic ideas were ever comprehensively implemented.
Who cares about hugging trees when there are offended terrorists to champion?
The regrettable truth is that this is nothing new for the Greens. They are mad, bad, and dangerous. They should be railroaded, steamrolled and ignored.
To his eternal credit, Abbott will have neither hesitation nor compunction in doing precisely that when it comes to tackling the menace of ISIS, and to saving as many of the innocent lives possible that are threatened by its evil spread.