You bet they will be. And they will return and brainwash others to wage jihad against the nation that hosted them. Forget the PC; Â keep it real. These Muselmaniacs are not and never will be Australians.
“People who do develop the sorts of skills that terrorists use, but more importantly the commitment that drives terrorism, that remains a concern.”–Â ASIO director-general David Irvine
HUNDREDS of Â “Australians” going to fight in the civil war in Syria could be severely radicalised by al-Qa’ida and its affiliates. Â (The Australian)
And the question is:
According to ASIO director-general David Irvine, most of those going to Syria were young males and some of them had a deep commitment to the extremist cause. Some were born in Australia and some came here at a young age, he said.
Bob Carr babbles incoherently about taking some action:
FOREIGN Minister Bob Carr has said an increase in the number of Australians believed to be fighting in Syria marks a significant potential threat to national security and confirmed the Gillard government is currently looking at banning new terrorist organisations. Â It was also reported the Gillard government was preparing to ban al-Nusra, aÂ radical al-Qa’ida offshoot.
And the boats keep coming:
Mr Irvine was speaking yesterday after showing Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus around ASIO’s near-complete, $633 million building in Canberra.
The purpose-built, hi-tech building will house all of ASIO’s personnel who are at present scattered around several buildings in the nation’s capital.
Mr Irvine said he could not go into exact numbers of Australians now fighting with the rebels in Syria, “but we are talking in the hundreds and not the tens”.
The number had grown over the past year, he said.
“We continue to be concerned about young Australians going overseas to fight on battlefields that don’t necessarily have a lot to do with Australia,” Mr Irvine said. “And we’re also concerned that young Australians don’t go overseas and become quite severely radicalised in these extremist, al-Qa’ida-type doctrines.
“Our first and foremost concern is for the safety of those young Australians. I think that’s very important.
“People who do develop the sorts of skills that terrorists use, but more importantly the commitment that drives terrorism, that remains a concern.”
Mr Irvine said that did not mean that hundreds of Australians went overseas, joined an al-Qa’ida affiliate, got an AK-47 and began to fight. “Some of these people are providing supporting functions, health, medical or whatever,” he said. “They are supporting the struggle, what they would see as the struggle, in ways that do not always involve picking up a gun.
“The people of particular concern are young Australians with a deep commitment to the extremist cause who are going over either to fight or to support the fighting in some other way.”
He said other conflicts had not attracted the same numbers of Australians going to fight as Syria had. Mr Dreyfus said the government was concerned that some of those young Australians, regrettably, were going to work with, assist or join terrorist organisations that were proscribed in Australia.
“That’s against Australian law for good reason and that’s obviously a concern,” Mr Dreyfus said.
“It’s of great concern if those Australians are going to join terror organisations which are proscribed terror organisations here in Australia.”
ASIO’s new building is designed to be self-sufficient in a national emergency and comes complete with a 600,000-litre diesel supply to run generators to keep it operational.
The building has been criticised by locals concerned about it causing parking congestion and spoiling the lakeside vista.
Mr Irvine disagreed. “I thinks it’s a really terrific building,” he said.
“I like the look of it — and I like the look of it when I stand on the other side of the lake.
“And I’m incredibly impressed by how actually unobtrusive it is (when viewed) from the other side of the lake.”