See, they are just like us. Right?
ABC presenter Waleed Aly, a Muslim, is often used by Channel 10 and Fairfax to explain away Muslim terrorism. He is the media Left’s acceptable face of Islam, but how acceptable is he really?
With the jihadist bombing of the Boston marathon, for instance, he initially informedÂ Agereaders:
…Â Â the very real suspicion that the perpetrators here are self-styled American patriots. At this point, most analysts are leaning that way. And while it’s entirely possible they are wrong, there’s something chilling about realising that this violence might not be something that can be assigned to a demonic other. Maybe we’re speaking in more hushed tones because our own societies might just be implicated.
Yesterday onÂ The ProjectÂ he was asked as an alleged “an expert on terrorism” to tell us something about Boko Haram.
Boko Haram’s leader himself has been taped saying Allah commands him to sell into slavery the Nigerian school girls his Islamist terrorists have kidnapped. A Muslim intermediary says some of the Christian girls have already forced to convert to Islam.
But Aly, asked to explain who Boko Haram actually was,Â could not bring himself to describe them as MuslimÂ or even use the word “Muslim” once:
So who is this group exactly?…
They are a really, really hard group to define because they are so splintered and so diverse. It started as a fairly coherent group – this is a long time ago, over 10 years ago – and since then they’ve splintered off into all these other little groups. What we do know though is that the broader movement is a terrorist movement and they’ve been wanting to overthrow the Nigerian government and establish a government of their own. But beyond that, this particular group, who have done this particular thing, it’s hard to identify who they are and they might just be vigilantes.
Really?Â Â Boko Haram’s leader, Abubakar Shekau, says he took the girls and adds what Waleed Aly won’t:
Shekau explains his Islamic mission. Nothing hard to define about him at all:
And here’s what Boko Haram does, killing Christians, which Aly failed to mention, too: