“Our Hatred” For Mohammedan Headchoppers Prevents Us From Seeing This “Potential Gift” Of Their Return
One reason that Wally might think that these people would be a gift to us, is that he thinks that he is a gift to us. Never confuse ‘Wally’ with ‘ally’.
Waleed Aly, former spokesman for the Islamic Council of Victoria and now lecturer at Monash University’s Global Terrorism Research Centre, overlooks one critical fact in asking us to treat returning jihadists as a “potential gift”:
Take the other major recent development: Australians who’ve gone to Syria only to discover that beneath Islamic State’s utopian promise is a gruesome lie. Now they’re trying to get out and come home… But it’s telling that we can see nothing beyond this; that we so resolutely refuse even to acknowledge this potential gift because we’re too busy reiterating our hatred for these people… Are these people of more use to us stuck in Syria than they would be telling other Australians about the horrors of IS with vastly more credibility than anyone else?
Here is what Aly overlooks: these Australians did not go to Syria on a “utopian promise” of peace and love. They went after being sold videos of decapitations, murders, crucifixions, mass murder and the enslavement of women. They went after hearing sermons promising death to infidels and hatred of countries such as ours.
This is why they are no “gift” to us, and why so many Australians both hate and fear those who return. Most know the Islamic State has actually delivered in full in all those bloody promises it made the jihadists, and that the disappointments of life under its rule are more likely to involve purely mundane matters of pay, food, comfort and loneliness that, frankly, are of little import or benefit to us.
Indeed, their greatest use now lies in being pariahs, a terrible warning of what awaits those who would follow.
In other news:
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