Gramfan sent us this link earlier today:
Yet another reason to worry that violent extremism is too compatible with Islam – as is preached by one strand of the Muslim community:
FIVE Sydney men have been found guilty of terrorism offences after one of the longest criminal trials in Australian history.
Mohamed Ali Elomar, 44, Khaled Cheikho, 36, his nephew Moustafa Cheikho, 32, Abdul Rakib Hasan, 40, and Mohammed Omar Jamal, 25, were today convicted of doing an act in preparation for a terrorist act…
And it can now be revealed that Mirshad Mulahalilovic, 33, and Khaled Sharrouf, 28, pleaded guilty last year to various terrorism offences before they were due to stand trial with their five co-accused and were sentenced to jail terms…
Tiny minority of extremists at work….
Crown prosecutor Richard Maidment SC admitted it was a circumstantial case in his closing address to the jury… But the jury was convinced that there was sufficient evidence that the men were involved in a conspiracy to prepare for a terrorist act that according to authorities, was intended to create “maximum damage”.
The group were, according to the Crown, motivated by “a perception that the participation of Australia in the conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan … were acts of aggression against the wider Muslim community”…
It was alleged that the men had sought to obtain, in significant amounts, chemicals for the purpose of making explosive devices. It was also alleged that they had attended paramilitary training camps together, and were in possession of extremist material including a document titled “The Terrorist Handbook”.
It’s all very well for us all to keep stressing that this kind of thing is just the work of a minority of Muslims. But this minority, which seems rather too numerous, can cause all Muslims dreadful harm with just one single bomb, and more needs to be done not just to repudiate this fringe, but to whip them out of every mosque in the land.
Given recent controversies I should add what should not need saying: that any comments by readers below express no one’s opinions but their own.