Thank Allah For Stupidity

ADVENTURES IN THE WORLD OF CULTURED REASON

Tim Blair, The Daily Telegraph

Members of Melbourne’s choppy and combustible community really aren’t getting that cultured reason message:

A trio of wannabe terrorists pulled faces and laughed as they were found guilty of planning a devastating terror attack in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD …

The group spent months planning the homegrown attack in which they planned to use machetes to kill members of the public before detonating suicide vests.

Guilty: Ibrahim Abbas and Abdullah Chaarani
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The men purchased chemicals, explosive substances, and other components to make a bomb, bought bladed weapons and conducted reconnaissance in the CBD …

Ibrahim later admitted they were too stupid to make the bombs work despite trying to follow an instructional video.

Thank God Allah for stupidity.

Not meaning to generalise here, because that would be unfair, but all lefties are sad and tormented people who require supervision.

Here’s Patrick Marlborough in the reliably numbing Meanjin:

I was seven when I was sent out of the classroom for drawing a picture of Pauline Hanson being decapitated by a guillotine, John Howard standing in line right behind her, with a caption that read ‘You’re Next’. My teachers were old lefties, but they (rightly)believed I’d penned in too much blood and viscera, that it was ‘excessive’.

To this day I maintain it was the appropriate amount.

Ignore Patrick’s need for treatment and notice instead his immediate contradiction on the issue of viscera abundance (following a decapitation, by the way). He’s simultaneously agreeing and disagreeing with his teachers. An alert editor would have picked that up.

But youth, unlike falling off a balcony, is not an excuse for inappropriate cartooning …

That’s a mocking reference to Bill Leak’s near-fatal 2008 accident. At the point a thoughtful editor might have hit delete. Meanjin’s editor is ABC presenter Jonathan Green.

I grew up weird.

You don’t say.

The Left comes with a built in set of legends, tall-tales, and folk-heroes … we are gifted with a bundle of songs, moments, and symbols that both other and empower us as response to our Country Club counterparts.

Damn those country club Australians, with their fancy Cadillacs and all. No capitals required here, because in this use it isn’t a proper noun.

Hanson and Latham – to me now more conceptual than ‘human’ – are the toxic avengers of the Howard Years’ barren wastes. Hanson lurched out of Howard’s nativism and lured the Coalition down its two decade highway of reactionary culture wars and angry white nationalism. Her extreme ravings allowed a country ever prone to racism to slip what it accepted as ‘subtle’ bigotry into hilariously barefaced high-gear hatred. Latham was a body in a barrel – an acidic congealing of things once human, dissolving at a sickening rate. For the last ten years he has been a stack of fetid deli meats dumped on the curbside, wafting his odours towards any stray dog too hungry to turn up a free meal, no matter the used by date.

Someone’s been reading a little too much John Birmingham. And that same someone probably meant use by date. Meanwhile, vigilant editor Green has lately defended his 2014 anti-terrorism strategy:

Jonathan is right. His piece is exactly as true now as it was then. Which is to say, not at all:

Our best defence is of course our cultured reason. Our tolerance. Our audacious confidence in the fundamental goodness of others.

Four people were killed in Europe by terrorists during the year Green provided his cultured reason antidote. The following year, in Europe alone, 148 were killed. In 2016, 142 were killed. And last year another 142 were killed.

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Quite a few of those people were likely very cultured and reasonable indeed. Didn’t help much.

UPDATE. Members of Melbourne’s choppy and combustible community really aren’t getting that cultured reason message:

A trio of wannabe terrorists pulled faces and laughed as they were found guilty of planning a devastating terror attack in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD …

The group spent months planning the homegrown attack in which they planned to use machetes to kill members of the public before detonating suicide vests.

Guilty: Ibrahim Abbas and Abdullah Chaarani

The men purchased chemicals, explosive substances, and other components to make a bomb, bought bladed weapons and conducted reconnaissance in the CBD …

Ibrahim later admitted they were too stupid to make the bombs work despite trying to follow an instructional video.

Thank God for stupidity.

Bunnings purchase that foiled terror plot

A suspicious purchase and quick-thinking Bunnings employees helped to stop what could have been Australia’s most devastating terror attack.

Ahmed Mohamed, a young man who had grown up in Melbourne, entered a Broadmeadows Bunnings store in December 2016 and made a single purchase that raised alarm bells with the staff.

He bought 700 nail-gun cartridges filled with gunpowder, which were kept behind a locked counter in the hardware store, The Age reported.

This was the only thing Mohamed bought but it made staff suspicious enough to follow him back to his car and take down his licence plate details.

Ahmed Mohamed raised suspicions with his strange Bunnings purchase in 2016. Picture: Jake Nowakowski
Ahmed Mohamed raised suspicions with his strange Bunnings purchase in 2016. Picture: Jake Nowakowski
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The details were handed over to police but employees had no idea at the time just how many lives this piece of information may have helped save.

The federal police were already aware of Mohamed, now 25, and were tracking is behaviour closely, along with his friends Hamza Abbas, 23, and Abdullah Chaarani, 27.

The trio were found guilty by the Supreme Court on November 2 of acts in preparation for an attack targeting Federation Square, St Paul’s Cathedral and Flinders St station in December 2016.

The verdict, made public yesterday after legal delays, followed seven days of deliberations in the jury room and eight weeks of evidence including from Hamza’s older brother Ibrahim Abbas, 24, who confessed his involvement to police and pleaded guilty earlier this year.

Ahmed Mohamed, Abdullah Chaarani and Hamza Abbas were all found guilty of planning to carry out an attack in Melbourne’s CBD. Picture: Fay Plamka
Ahmed Mohamed, Abdullah Chaarani and Hamza Abbas were all found guilty of planning to carry out an attack in Melbourne’s CBD. Picture: Fay Plamka
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Mohamed and Chaarani laughed and chatted to each other between the individual verdicts. Both nodded slowly and looked indifferent as the guilty decision was given.

As they were removed from the dock, Mohamed gave his family a big, cheesy grin, while Hamza gave his a thumbs-up.

Police left court carrying two machetes Chaarani and Ibrahim bought in preparation for the attack.

Ibrahim said they were for “chopping to kill” and to slice the necks of disbelievers of their radical Sunni Islam.

The group also had the makings for pipe bombs – sparkler dust, hundreds of match heads and chemicals including hydrogen peroxide – that were intended, as Ibrahim put it, to “wage violent jihad”.

Ibrahim Abbas pleaded guilty to being involved in the planning of the attack earlier this year. Picture: Jake Nowakowski
Ibrahim Abbas pleaded guilty to being involved in the planning of the attack earlier this year. Picture: Jake Nowakowski
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They got the recipe from the infamous al-Qaeda magazine article “How to make a bomb in the kitchen of your mum”.

Ibrahim revealed during the trial that he believed it was “fine for me to kill Australians” because Muslims have been killed in wars involving Australia.

“It’s not hard to kill a person with a machete. It just takes one slice to the neck,” he said in his police interview.

The plot was foiled on December 22, 2016, by police who had been listening to their preparations and watching as they carried out reconnaissance at Federation Square.

Abdullah Chaarani laughed and chatted with his co-accused between verdicts. Picture: Jake Nowakowski
Abdullah Chaarani laughed and chatted with his co-accused between verdicts. Picture: Jake Nowakowski

 

Hamza Abbas’s lawyer argued he was considered the ‘idiot’ who couldn’t be trusted with details of the plans. Picture: Jake Nowakowski
Hamza Abbas’s lawyer argued he was considered the ‘idiot’ who couldn’t be trusted with details of the plans. Picture: Jake Nowakowski
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During his arrest, Chaarani asked police to “make me a martyr”, officers revealed.

In Hamza’s defence, lawyer Felicity Gerry, QC, argued he was a “fishbrain” and the “idiot brother” who could not be trusted to know details of the plot.

Hamza joined in December 2016, but plans between Ibrahim, Mohamed and Chaarani had been on foot since at least October.

Mohamed and Chaarani had tried in 2015 to go overseas and fight with Islamic State.

Chaarani said he wanted to “follow the same path” as Hamza and Ibrahim’s cousin Nabil Abbas who, it was revealed during the trial, had died fighting with the terrorist organisation.

Hamza, Mohamed and Chaarani will face a plea hearing before being sentenced.