What might be the agenda of a particular ABC presenter who urges us to regard terrorism as merely an ”irritant”?
- Here are some pictures ofÂ irritated peopleÂ in Boston.
- Here are some pictures of a man soÂ irritatedÂ that he jumps off a tall building in New York
It’s so irritating when your legs are blown offÂ (Andrew Bolt)
Islamic go-to guy Waleed Aly – currently appearing on the Ten Network, on ABC radio, on ABC television and in the Fairfax press – hasÂ theoriesÂ about the muted reporting following this week’s Boston Marathon bombing:
The most encouraging one is thatÂ we’re finally maturing in the way we handle terrorism.Â
Well, that’s just great. We’reÂ maturing!Â Yay.
If it helps:Â “Wally is… lecturer at the global terrorism research centre at Monash University.”
- Slick Wally wallows in the sandals ofÂ Â Fareed Zakaria, whoÂ writes like a snake slithers. Not long ago he told us that “we have to learn to live with radical islam”- Â
- Waleed Aly is a total irritant. Here he is on “why Jihad is misunderstood“
- Here’s a dose of reality:Â AnÂ Islamic Declaration of War on Christianity
Gone is the triumphalist rhetoric of the ‘’War on Terror’’, with its ridiculous promises of a terrorism-free world and the ultimate victory of freedom over tyranny. In its place is a far more sober, pragmatic recognition that terrorism is aÂ perpetual irritant, and that while it is tragic and emotionally lacerating,Â it kills relatively few peopleÂ and is not any kind of existential threat.
Except to those who no longer exist, such as the victims of 9/11, the Bali bombings, the Madrid train attacks, the London underground slaughter and a vast number of more recent Islamist assaults on western targets. Waleed, being a mature type, knows how we dumb rubes react to these irritants:
Let’s clear something up: our responses to terrorism are not about the loss of innocent life. We think they are because that’s the first thing we talk about.Â We use the suffering of victims to emote, and we look at the attacks through that prism.Â But it’s never really about the victims. It’s about us.
The victims might have more to say if they were, you know,Â alive. Further Waleed notions on media reticence:
It’s possible, too, that this reticence is a product of the very real suspicion that the [Boston] perpetrators here are self-styled American patriots. At this point, most analysts are leaning that way … Maybe we’re speaking in more hushed tones because our own societies might just be implicated.
Here’s an example of “hushed tones” regarding a certain self-styled American patriot.