Apparently the Turnbull Government’s new “collaborative” approach means pretending things are other than what they are. Religiously motivate violence is called “politically motivated”. Aggressive extremists are “disempowered”. Weak Muslim leadership is “strong”. And when the Grand Mufti of Australia refuses to call a jihadist attack “terrorism”, well, that’s just a “collaborative approach”.
AUSTRALIA’S Grand Mufti refused to label Friday’s fatal shooting at police headquarters a terrorist attack and blamed social media for teaching young Muslims extremist views.
Speaking through an interpreter one week after teenager Farhad Jabar opened fire on police headquarters in Parramatta, killing accountant Curtis Cheng, Dr Mohammad would not acknowledge the brutal murder as a terror attack, despite Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione and Premier Mike Baird calling it a terror incident.
“We are not an investigation agency, we cannot redefine or readapt what happened,” he said.
“We are not the agency that investigates and achieves what really happened. There’s not enough information so far about that. Without enough information, and given that we are not an investigating body, I cannot comment on that.”
Liberal MP Fiona Scott, asked on Sky News today about the Mufti’s refusal call terrorism “terrorism”:
I think that was welcome. It demonstrates the collaborate approach.
“Collaboration” apparently means we all agree not to mention the war.
Noticed how Turnbull has helped to turn the national conversation so that the real victims are Muslims and the real oppressors are nasty Australian rednecks?