IN THE FALLOUT from the execution-style murder of a Police IT worker by a 15-year-old Muslim youth, the ugly underside of religious hatred toward Australia by those who do not belong in this country has been writ large for all to see; this column does not sanction racism or religious persecution, but members of the Islamic community offering to “kill infidels” to avenge a religion-based murderer should either get out of Australia or be thrown out.
Like most Australians, I was sickened to learn of the execution-style shooting of NSW Police IT worker Curtis Cheng, who on the face of it was targeted for no other reason than his official involvement with a law enforcement agency in this country.
In the time I have been writing this column, I have posted on issues purely related to the Islamic community twice in almost 1,100 articles, and twice only: once when Muslim rioters went berserk in Sydney over an amateur film produced by an Egyptian Coptic Christian half a world away (violating parole conditions in the USA and eliciting international condemnation in the process) and once when Muslim “businessmen” sought to set up a walled Islamic community in Riverstone (also in Sydney, for those unaware).
The fact those articles remain the two most accessed posts in the history of The Red And The Blue — years after their publication — speaks volumes for what motivates a huge chunk of the population, and rather than initially being accessed from this site, the vast bulk of readers who clicked into them came from links that had been widely circulated in social media both in Australia and across the world.
Yet as much as I have sought to avoid issues that might inflame what I suspect may, in time, become a brutal conflict between the Muslim community and the Australian community at large, every so often something happens that is only possible to ignore by burying one’s head in the sand.
In other words, Australian Muslims cannot and must not expect decent people in this country to simply turn a blind eye to the outrages some in their midst perpetuate.
At the time of publication, the facts and circumstances surrounding the slaughter of an innocent going about his business remain unclear, and with investigations by Police and other law enforcement agencies in progress, I am hesitant to offer comment on what took place — although the established facts that Cheng was murdered by young Muslim Farhad Jabar, who subsequently opened fire on other Police and was himself shot dead on account of the clear risk he posed to Police and others nearby, are not in dispute — and I will aim to limit my references in relation to the incident itself to those facts.
Even so, the fallout emanating from sections of the Muslim community is deeply disturbing, with “supporters” of Jabar hitting social media to make a martyr of the young assassin, and making open threats (behind an assumed veil of social media anonymity) to kill Australians to “avenge” Jabar and to “fulfil Allah’s will.”
As far as I’m concerned, those who want to run around “killing infidels” and fulfilling any “law” in this country other than Australian law can get the hell out of here: and if they won’t go voluntarily, then the relevant Australian authorities must throw them out.
It is a fact that there are a good number of people in Islamic communities across Australia who simply want to live in peace, and not harm anyone; to suggest otherwise would be an irresponsible dishonesty that I encourage readers, in contemplating the increasing number of violent incidents involving Islamic aggression wrapped in anti-Australian, anti-Western rhetoric, not to succumb to.
But every time something like Friday’s shootings in Parramatta occurs — and the number of such incidents is beginning to increase, with recent examples of the Lindt cafe siege in Sydney and the attempted murder of two Police officers in Melbourne just a couple I could have cited — a pattern of denial, calls for tolerance, and anti-social belligerence rings out from other sections of those very same communities that is simply not possible to ignore.
A high-profile international example, of course, of what is becoming a growing international outrage transpired in France in January, when 12 staff from satire magazine Charlie Hebdo were gunned down in Rheims by three Islamic terrorists claiming to have acted “in the name of Allah:” and the same pattern was evident in that attack as well.
First, everyone connected with the Muslim community denies any involvement or knowledge of the atrocities that occurred and of those who committed them: and on this occasion, as The Australian is reporting, leaders of both the mainstream Muslim community and the radical Islamic group Hizb ut-Tahrir have disavowed any knowledge of either Jabar or of the action he intended to take prior to the event.
Second, the procession of prominent figures urging restraint — from reports Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull claimed that it was in fact Australians who were “inflammatory” toward Muslims rather than the other way around, to the usual treacherous, blind apologies for everyone and everything other than Australia and its interests from the ABC, the Fairfax press, and others of alleged standing in this country who seek at every available juncture to justify and explain away any atrocity committed against it.
(In case anyone thinks I’m picking on Malcolm, opposition “leader” Bill Shorten didn’t exactly cover himself in glory either, likening Islamic murderers and those who influence them to paedophiles — one of the “insults” against Allah that supposedly provided a trigger for the Muslim riots in Sydney three years ago).
And finally, the outrage of Muslims spews forth, the invective proclaiming (in infinitely varied forms of expression) that the criminal miscreant — who is Muslim — must be avenged, and that “infidels” opposed to Allah must die, replete with solemn undertakings to go ahead and enact just such a response.
Official investigations into Friday’s events will run their course, and it is to be hoped those charged with upholding the law — Australian law — will not shy from prosecuting anyone, irrespective of race or creed, found to have incited Jabar to kill or to have been in any way complicit in aiding and abetting his preparations to do so.
In the meantime, I want to draw readers’ attention to an article appearing in Sydney’s Daily Telegraph today, which shines a light on the third distasteful phase of the pattern to which I allude; for now — at least until there is more word from the investigations that are on foot — it is the repulsive mentality this showcases toward which I aim my remarks.
Very simply, Facebook pages and other social media instruments set up to glorify and eulogise bloody murderers are repugnant: there is no value in those who take innocent lives; and if you live in Australia, then nothing in the Qur’an can justify such bloodshed. (To my mind, it doesn’t justify it anywhere else, either).
Let’s be honest: this kid isn’t a hero, he isn’t a God, and he most certainly is not an individual to be celebrated: the fact that elements in the Muslim community seek to do so — be they “radicalised” or not — simply directs the contemptuous glare of reasonable individuals in the direction of their communities.
Yet one commenter on a Facebook tribute page set up in “honour” of Jabar described him as a “hero of the Islamic peoples (who) will be gratly missed (sic) whilst another claimed that in shooting and killing Cheng, Jabar had simply been “fulfilling Allah’s will.”
Another comment — apparently completely devoid of irony or context — stated of Jabar that “all he is guilty of was being Muslim” (sic).
Others railed against “the Police state of Australia” and declared “Inshallah…we will kill all the infidels.”
There is only one law in this country: Australian law.
Not Sharia law, or the “will of Allah,” or any other psuedo-sanctimonious bullshit: Australian law, and in coming to Australia in search of a better life and greater opportunities, those who arrive here are bound to respect, abide by and uphold Australian law as it applies.
It is a very sad fact that of all the people who have come to Australia — and remember, we all come from somewhere else originally, including the Aborigines, who arrived from Africa some 40,000 years ago — the only people who simply don’t seem to fit in here are Muslims: it is true that from time to time racial tensions have erupted around other ethnic groups, and irresponsible identities such as Pauline Hanson have apparently been more invested in inflaming those tensions by whipping up hysteria around the problems that existed rather than focusing on finding and helping to enact solutions to them.
Yet in the end — and in every case — those problems, one way or another, have been worked through.
Except this one.
If you look at those countries in Europe with the highest concentrations of Muslim residents — the Netherlands, Belgium, France, and increasingly Germany — each is fast becoming a powderkeg on account of the social and ideological incompatibility of Islamic doctrines with the concept of liberal democratic society that exists in the Western world.
The instances of violence, terrorism and other race and religion-related outrages perpetrated by members of Muslim communities here in Australia — irrespective of whether officially sanctioned by those communities, and irrespective of any atrocity “Allah” might command — have to date, thankfully, been isolated and directly affected just a handful of people, not that that in any way dishonours or diminishes the poor souls who have lost their lives as a result, or the loved ones who must live with the consequent loss.
But as I said earlier in this article, slowly — but surely — the incidents are also become more frequent and, I would add, bolder.
I must emphasise what I said at the outset: this latest instance of a deranged Islamic nutcase killing an innocent civilian must not be used to launch attacks on the Muslim community as a whole.
By the same token, however, the now-familiar pattern all over the Western world when something like this occurs — deny, deny and deny, followed by pleas for “tolerance” that provide cover for wild threats of murder and retribution from within the Muslim community over something its own member/s did — is something Muslim leaders must, must forever dispense with if they want the overwhelming majority of the Australian community to continue to show their people goodwill, understanding, the Australian welcome and (crucially) the benefit of the doubt when yet another of their number goes off slaughtering innocent people.
Left unchecked, Australia will find a very serious problem brewing in all of this: just as those countries in Europe are finding, as the numbers of Muslim residents in their midst reach the tipping point where injudicious expressions of “tolerance” have come very close indeed to igniting an all-out clash between the Muslim and non-Muslim contingents in those nations.
As a penultimate point, those Australian Muslims who find it outrageous that Australia is a party to efforts to smash the so-called Islamic State — a regime predicated on the rape and slaughter of anyone in its way, the pillaging and forced acquisition of lands, and the explicit objective to acquire nuclear weaponry with which to “attack the Great Satan” it sees in the USA — should be encouraged to leave Australia, and to never return.
Yet whichever way you cut it, what happened in Parramatta on Friday was a religiously motivated act of violence against a law-abiding, innocent citizen; it is unforgivable, and any suggestion to the contrary flies in the face of the values Australia stands for and the way of life, seemingly so attractive to Muslims prior to their arrival here, that some of them apparently want to destroy in the name of a God whose name carries no weight insofar as the laws of the land are concerned.
The idea that Jabar is in any way worthy of being “avenged” in light of what he did is offensive in the extreme; that he himself was killed is regrettable, but when confronted with an implacable and armed lunatic, the safety of Police is the greater concern.
To those who promise, in the names of Jabar and of Allah, to “kill infidels” — which means to slaughter yet more innocent Australians — our message is clear, and should be clearly and freely conveyed.
Not. Welcome. Here.
Fuck off, and go back to where you came from, if Australia is such a horrible place.