Keep calm and…

You know the rest of that I am sure.


I commend Jim Belshaw’s Saturday post and its thread:

Winton Bates said…

Hi Jim
I applaud your efforts to try to keep current terrorism in perspective. My Facebook feed is showing stuff I am not seeing in the TV news of xenophobic demonstrations by French people. There is a risk that reactions will further disadvantage refugees fleeing the war in Syria.

As sadly is clearly happening.  Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and others have rightly said:

Malcolm Turnbull has downplayed the links between refugees and terrorism, saying that most of Australia’s security threats have come from second and third generation Australians….

Greg Barton, Professor of Global Islamic Politics at the Alfred Deakin Institute, said Australia’s situation was very different to the one in Europe.

“We’ve got the luxury of properly, carefully vetting [the Syrian refugees’] IDs and their stories, carrying out background checks before they are accepted and doing things in an orderly fashion,” he told ABC News Digital.

“European authorities are facing a wave of humanity — they don’t have the luxury to do those things.

“Whilst, realistically, it would be foolish to acknowledge that there are no threats, it is also a risk to allow paranoia and anxiety to take hold at a large scale.”

Mr Turnbull also echoed Indonesian president Joko Widodo, who earlier said Islamic State militants committed a “double crime” by defaming Islam…

See also my June 2015 post Contributions to a wiser, cooler look at IS and terror, my March 2015 post Some reflections on the late teen suicide bomber, and my October 2015 posts Class of 95 remembered, and Muslim students today and Adults in charge now?

17 November

Particularly note: Waleed Aly hits out at ISIS over Paris attacks, calls them weak.

WALEED Aly has unleashed on Australia’s politicians and Muslim leaders who have preached “hate” in the wake of the Paris attacks saying their actions actually help Islamic State rather than defeat them.

The Project co-host used his regular ‘Something we should talk about’ segment to not only call for solidarity following the atrocity, which left 132 people dead and hundreds more injured, but to highlight what he says is the truth about the militant organisation — that they’re weak.

“There is a reason ISIL still want to appear so powerful, why they don’t want to acknowledge that the land they control has been taken from weak enemies, that they are pinned down by air strikes or that just last weekend they lost a significant part of their territory,” he said on The Project.

“ISIL don’t want you to know they would quickly be crushed if they ever faced a proper Army on a battlefield.

“They want you to fear them. They want you to get angry. They want all of us to become hostile and here is why:

“ISIL’s strategy is to split the world into two camps. It is that black and white. Again we know this because they told us.”

Aly said ISIL wanted to create World War III, and for societies around the world to turn on each other, and for countries like Australia to vilify Muslims.

He said this “evil organisation” believes if they can make Muslims the enemy of the West, then Muslims in France and England and America and here in Australia will have nowhere to turn but to ISIL…

It is also worth checking last night’s #QandA. Many good things were said, not least by Christopher Pyne.