Its all about “ABC bashing” now
Further toÂ yesterday’s itemÂ on the ABC’s time-delayed truth seeking, here are pieces from theÂ Daily Telegraph, theÂ Australian,Â AndrewÂ BoltÂ andÂ Jonathan HolmesÂ – who thinks it’s all about ABC-bashing, as you’d expect.–Â HEAT ON THE ABCÂ by Tim Blair
Australia‘s fear of returning Muslims
UP to 120 Australian Muslims fighting in the Syrian civil war and learning deadly skills which could be used on their return are being funded by Muslim communities here collecting money for “humanitarian aid.”
Federal Attorney-General George Brandis also warned yesterday that some fighters could commit terrorist acts in Australia.
ATTORNEY-General George Brandis says the threat of a terror attack on Australia remains undiminished, rejecting Labor’s assessment that the so-called ”9/11 decade” is over.
Australian authorities are calling upon Muslim communities to tell their people that “by fighting overseas they are committing a crime” â€” meanwhile, these same Muslim communities are funding the Australian Muslims’ jihad in Syria. More clueless wishful thinking and fantasy-based policymaking from Western officials.-by Matthew Benns forÂ The Daily TelegraphÂ (full post below the fold)
Kerry, the Goose
U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, was recentlyÂ interviewedÂ about Syria. Â While many of his assertions can be debated, one especially requires a response. Throughout the interview, he repeatedly insisted that, if Bashar Assad would only leave power, everything would go well â€” especially for all of Syria’s minorities. In his words: “I believe that a peace —Continue Reading Â»
- Former Dutch soldier training jihadis in Syria.Â Â (Vlad Tepes)
A special unit was investigating how the Australians got there.
“We are looking at the money,” he said. “A lot is being raised in the community with the expectation it is not to fight jihad but for humanitarian aid.”
Its just wrong to call them Australians. They’re not. They are Muslims who somehow managed to settle in Oz and got hold of an Australian passport. They should have their citizenship revoked.
However he said he was sure some of the money was being handed over with a knowing wink to support the fighters.
“The problem for us is when those 120 people come back,” Mr Gaughan said. “These people have seen horrific things, been exposed to a more radical form of Islam and they come back with a combat capability.
“International studies show that about one in nine persons who comes back is a concern and can be engaged in hostile activity in their own country.
“The question for us is trying to determine who the one in nine is. We have to monitor all these people and make sure.”
Last month the AFP arrested two Sydney men, Hamdi al-Qudsi and Amin Mohammed, whom they allege helped at least five people to travel to Syria.
“The community needs to take some responsibility here,” Mr Gaughan said “They need to be telling people that by fighting overseas they are committing a crime.”
Meanwhile Facebook pages are filling up with photographs of Australians posing with rifles and tanks on the battlefront.
Yesterday The Australian revealed one of the fighters, Mohammed Ayub, was the son of “jihad sheila” Rabiah Hutchinson and alleged former Jemaah Islamiyah cell leader Abdul Rahim Ayub.
Mr Gaughan said: “We are seeing Australians killed over there. It is not weekend warrior stuff. This is real war and some of them are now dead.”
This month Sydney woman Amira Ali became the first Australian woman to die in the war after travelling there to join her husband Yusuf Ali, who was also killed.