This is the question that will determine whether or not free societies will survive: will they take steps to protect themselves from the threat of jihad and Islamic supremacism, or will they drop such protective measures so as to avoid being seen as “Islamophobic”? Britain has for years chosen the latter path, and now, on the brink of disaster, trying to backtrack, but it may already be too late. France, at least in this instance, chooses the former path. But they will have much more trouble with this sort of thing in the near future nevertheless. (Robert Spencer)
Hussein Obama said Libyans can now study nuclear science (and go to flight schools) in the US
“It is unbelievable that this administration is willing to put Americans in harm’s way by lifting a decades-old security ban on a country challenged by instability,” Chaffetz said on Monday. “This makes no sense. None.”
Labor’s Sue Lines on “hyping” of terrorism threats:
[The Prime Minister] is just using this as a shield to try andÂ deflect from the awful mess they’re in with their budget.
Now even the British Prime Minister is trying to deflect attention from Abbott’s Budget:
BRITAIN has raised its terror threat risk level to “severe”Â because of fears over the situation in Iraq and Syria, meaning an attack is thought to be “highly likely”.
Friday’s move follows the killing of US journalist James Foley, apparently by a man speaking with an English accent who belonged to the jihadist group Islamic State (IS).
While there was no intelligence to suggest that an attack was imminent, Prime Minister David Cameron said there was “no doubt in my mind” that IS had its sights set on targets in Europe.
The information on the laptop makes clear that its owner is a Tunisian national named Muhammed S. who joined ISIS in Syria and who studied chemistry and physics at two universities in Tunisia’s northeast. Even more disturbing is how he planned to use that education:
The ISIS laptop contains a 19-page document in Arabic on how to develop biological weapons and how to weaponize the bubonic plague from infected animals.
“The advantage of biological weapons is that they do not cost a lot of money, while the human casualties can be huge,” the document states.
Nicholas Reece … a taxpayer subsidised Public Policy Fellow at the University of Melbourne’s Centre for Public Policy …. was on Sky News’ Paul Murray Live last [Thursday] night alleging that the Islamic State fighters are “a couple of thousand lightly armed thugs running around the desert” and would not fare well if attacked by an efficient army like that of Iran or Syria. He seemed totally unaware that IS terrorists/militants have captured sophisticated United States weapons from the Iraqi Army and have already fared well in battles against the Syrian Army. IS also captured Mosul in Iraq …
Scott Burchill … Senior Lecturer in International Relations at Deakin University … on the ABC 1 News Breakfast’s “Newspapers” gig last Tuesday … indicated to viewers that he was none too happy about the response to the Abbott government’s attempt to prevent Aussie Sunni Muslim jihadists travelling to the Middle East to kill Sh’ia Muslims. Burchill thinks this is over the top…
The front page of the Courier-Mail and the Daily Telegraph this morning are contributing to the sense of a moral panic that we’re all supposed to be experiencing at the moment about the threat that is posed by Jihadis – home-grown Jihadis – going across to fight in Syria and Iraq. And for some unspecified reason they’re going to return to Australia and continue to fight us. Even though the cause, of course, that motivates them is one really between Sunni and Shia in Syria and Iraq.
So, nevertheless we’re being subject to headlines this morning in Brisbane and in Sydney about how we can stop our young Muslim youth from becoming Jihadis and also how easily [sic] it is to transition from being someone is just an average guy and all of a sudden wants to go and start decapitating people in Syria.
It was your typical left-wing sneer at national security… It seems that Scott Burchill believes that Sunni and Sh’ia Muslims only oppose one another in the Middle East. If he had read beyond Page 1 of Tuesday’s Daily Telegraph, Dr Burchill would be aware that there are Sunni versus Sh’ia gang battles taking place in Western Sydney right now. Senior Lecturer Scott Burchill seems to believe that the division in Islam is only important outside of Australia and has no implications for Australians.