If you don’t know what to do, don’t do anything– Sheik yer’mami
If you don’t know what to do, throw money at it.– Oz government
Throwing money at people who hate us is the most idiotic thing any nation can possibly do.
A diverse range of organisations including multicultural youth services, Islamic mosques, and community sporting groups will be paid by directly by Canberra to turn would-be jihadists away from hatred and violence and back towards integration with their communities.
The organisations will use their share of an expanded $1.6 million program to provide early intervention, counselling, health, and employment support services aimed at stopping wayward youths from becoming alienated and succumbing to dangerous radicalisation at the hands of criminal ideologues.
The move reveals the government’s assessment that the real frontline in the war against the insidious threat of lone-wolf, religiously motivated terrorism is a home-grown one.
“Home-grown” is annoying rubbish. Islam is an imported problem. We must weed it out, not allow it to grow.
Attorney-General George Brandis will announce on Saturday the allocation of the new federal funds for primary intervention programs aimed at identifying potential jihadists and other violent and anti-social extremists such as white supremacist groups.
The government believes the internet has “facilitated” processes that can result in young people becoming socially isolated and identifying more strongly with violent ideas and charismatic online mentors, than with peers and leaders in their own society. “This really is the next stage of grooming,” said one official, acknowledging similarities with the criminal methods of some paedophiles.
Islam calls the believers to jihad. The internet is just another tool.
Senator Brandis said the program had been designed to “identify radicalised at-risk individuals and provide tailored services to address the root causes of their radicalisation”.
To counter it, grants under the ‘Living Safe Together’ program have been awarded to a raft of organisations, mostly in Sydney and Melbourne, to develop anti-radicalisation messages, help re-establish healthy functional relationships within families, rebuild key supports such as social “positive peer networks”, and to promote physical activities such as sports participation.
“This capability did not previously exist,” he said.
“Individuals are participating in diversion programs receiving services such as mentoring, counselling, education and employment support to help them turn away from violent ideologies.
“Extremist groups not only threaten the peace and cohesion of our society, but they are actively targeting young Australians for recruitment.”
These half-assed government programs will not change that.
Of 34 grants so far awarded, 23 are in Melbourne and Sydney, although not all organisations will be publicly identified as recipients because being seen as agents of the government may erode their effectiveness in reaching out to disaffected youth.
All funds should be concentrated towards defence and for the counter jihad, not one cent should go to Islamic groups.
Some of the money will be directed at the recruitment of teenagers “hanging around on the street” rather than those groomed on the internet.
Sydney’s Bankstown Multicultural Youth Service received the maximum $50,000 to connect with street kids either already under the influence of extremists or regarded as likely to fall prey to their pernicious hate-preaching.
Sounds like they’re trying to get the imam out of the mosque and the Koran out of the madrassa. Hopeless.
The organisation’s Mary Malak said the extra federal funding would be “very helpful”.
Like some female multiculti worker could influence the genocidal ideology of Islam.
“We’ve already been doing street work, that’s what our service does, but this money is going to help us do that extra work that we’ve been really struggling to cover to help young people come back,” she said.
Ms Malak said extremists specifically targeted youths whose normal supports had failed leaving them homeless, or without the normal protection of families and peers.
We know that the jihadists are not “marginalised youths”, they are the ones who take their religion seriously.
“They’re different from the ones who are recruited through the internet – our kids are recruited because of a lack of belonging, or a lack of safety, and sometimes family break-up, so there’s a need for family restoration work to be done, there’s a need for work with their peers to strengthen up the networks on the street so that they don’t feel so vulnerable.
“The ones we work with are targeted by extremists because they’re vulnerable, because they’re homeless and can’t get into a refuge and these guys approach these kids and say, ‘Look brother, we’ll look after you, we care for you and stuff’, and that’s how these kids are getting recruited.”
Hardly. The recruitment starts at home. And in the mosque.