Terror attack will bring backlash: govt
Yep. I’m sure that will make the Muslims of Australia stop getting involved in jihad terrorism and undermining the democratic institutions of theÂ country, in orderÂ to replace them with sharia. It helps to know that Â McClelland is the same guy who is having aÂ Â guidebookÂ Â prepared to instruct Australians on how to avoid mentioning Islam when discussing Islamic terrorism.Â
Any terrorist attack in Australia would lead to a backlash against the Muslim community with vigilante action and ongoing retribution, Attorney-General Robert McClelland has warned.
Mr McClelland said Muslim leaders in Sydney were very well aware that their communities would suffer greatly in the aftermath of a terror attack.
He said any terror attack in Australia would cause loss of life, economic harm and real damage to the nation’s social fabric.
“I regret to say I think there would be very likely to be vigilante action and I regret to say there would very likely be ongoing retribution in terms of employment opportunities and social interaction,” he said.
“We at all costs must do what we can to avoid a terrorist attack for those multiplicity of reasons.”
In an address on countering violent extremism at an Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) dinner, Mr McClelland said a key challenge was to keep the public’s eye on the ball at a time when there had been no terror attacks in Australia.
He said in the next two weeks he would release a package of proposed reforms to terror laws for public discussion.
In some areas that would involve a strengthening of powers, including a possible new offence of inciting violence against an individual on the basis of race religion or nationality.
“Notably this would expand the opportunity for prosecuting those who attempt to induce others, including vulnerable youths, to commit acts of politically motivated violence and will supplement the existing Commonwealth offence of inciting violence against a group on the basis of their race, religion or ethnicity,” he said.
Mr McClelland said experience had shown that some language used to describe terrorism could be counter-productive with some expressions glorifying terrorism and others alienating Muslim communities.
He said work was now under way on a project to develop a lexicon of terrorism, led by Victorian police.
This was aimed at the type of language which described terrorist acts in terms of jihad and martyrdom and the perpetrators as soldiers fighting for a cause.
“The project will help governments frame effective public information messages on national security issues by strengthening community harmony and disempowering potential violent extremists,” he said.
Mr McClelland said that research would be available to politicians and community leaders as well as the media.
- A Muslim woman phoned in during Jon Faine’s legal advice segment on 774 ABC Melbourne today and asked what she could do about her husband who, she said, has married another woman in Pakistan and returned to Australia with his new wife.
Update: The Age cannot connect the dots:
The AgeÂ editorial, July 21:
Mr Rudd has no excuse, then, to conflate what is happening in Afghanistan with last week’s events in Jakarta. Apart from a shared jihadist ideology, there is no evidence linking the perpetrators of the Jakarta bombings â€” according to Indonesian police, a faction of the regional terrorist group Jemaah Islamiah, led by Noordin Mohammed Top â€” with the Taliban.
The Age, July 23:Â
INVESTIGATORS believe the terror network behind last week’s Jakarta hotel bombingsÂ received help from Pakistan-based al-Qaeda leaders.
Pakistan’sÂ Daily TimesÂ today makes clear the linkÂ The AgeÂ editor denies:
On Tuesday, 13 Taliban, including two foreigners, were killed while fighting against Afghan forces in the province’s Chahar Dara district and 14 Taliban were arrested in the same district on Wednesday, Omar added. Citing intelligence reports, the governor claimed that about 20 Al Qaeda-linked foreign Taliban and 300 Taliban fighters had flooded into his province…
My earlier view on the linksÂ The AgeÂ was trying to deny, and why,Â here.
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Whether they are a new crop of Muslim terrorists is impossible to say, but the al-Mukmin school they attend has produced a long list of some of the most sinister names known to Australia and Southeast Asia.