STOP ALL THIS CONFLATING
Australians just aren’t sufficiently nuanced to deal with the subtle topic of Islamic terrorism, which apparently involves all manner of delicate shades.
At least that’s the view of Canberra academic Professor Amin Saikal:
The Australian National University surveyed 1200 Australians in July on their attitudes towards national security and terrorism.
In one of its clearest results, the poll found 71 per cent of Australians were ‘very concerned’ or ‘somewhat concerned’ about the rise of Islamic extremism in Australia.
“During Prime Minister Abbott, this issue was promoted heavily,” Director of the ANU Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies Professor Amin Saikal told SBS.
Mr Saikal said issues such as Islamic extremism, terrorism and Islamist ideologies had been used interchangeably [to] blur the line between violence and terrorism.
Oh, how dreadful. Do continue, Professor:
“While many Australians fear terrorist attacks and a majority are prepared to compromise their individual rights and freedoms in favour of living in security, they have at the same time conflated terrorism with extremism and have not been able to make a clear distinction between the two,” co-author Professor Amin Saikal said in a statement.
There’s such a fine line between stupid and clever.