By Andrew Bolt ~
Yet again, after yet more Islamic terrorism, TV commentator from Network Ten’s The Project, and apologist Waleed Aly criticises how the the targets of such terror react – not the theology that has inflamed and directed the killers.
Yet again, he has placed himself and other Muslims in the ranks of the sinned-against, singled out non-Muslims out for criticism and thrown in some completely misleading “rebuttals”.
Take this particularly deceptive response to one fact I pointed out and which Sonia Kruger repeated in noting a connection between the number of Muslims in a Western society and the risk of Islamist terrorism:
“I could sit here and pull apart Sonia Kruger’s statement,” [Aly] said in the editorial, co-written by supervising producer Tom Whitty. “I could point out that Japan has had its share of terror attacks, or that the UN has attributed Japan’s low crime rate to low inequality and low gun ownership..”
First, we were talking about the link between Muslims and Islamic terrorism, not between Muslims and terrorism carried out (many years ago) by far-Left groups, cults or ultra nationalists.
Second, we were talking about terrorism, not crime rates.
Third, Aly is suggesting that in countries where there is indeed Islamic terrorism, the root cause there is “inequality” rather than the ideology of the killer. In fact, jihadists in the West have included university graduats and the children of professionals. Osama bin Laden was the son of a tycoon. His successor is a doctor.
Fourth, Aly suggests that Islamist attacks are a function of the West’s gun laws, when the latest attacks in Nice and now in a German train used weapons found all over Japan – trucks and axes. In Melbourne, two police were stabbed by a man armed only with knives. Aly also overlooks the fact that France also has tough gun laws, but has not been spared. The ultimate terrorist attack – on September 11 – was carried out by terrorists armed only with boxcutters. And, of course, Aly is here once more finding fault with the victims, not the killers.
I could point out that if Sonia is afraid, logically, as a woman in Australia, she has a much higher chance of being murdered by a man she knows, than a Muslim from another country.
And? Is that why France has just had to deploy 22,000 soldiers and police reservists to protect its public? Why we’re checked for weapons going into even the MCG?
“We can react emotionally, carelessly, and with little genuine critical thought, and we can destroy a perceived enemy in the hope that it will neutralise the threat that is making us feel unsafe,” he said. “This is the destructive choice…Or when we are presented with what we perceive as an outrageous opinion, we can consider what motivated that person…”
This is blaming Kruger even while claiming to forgive her.
And here is Aly putting Muslims as victors rather than addressing a single remark to any Muslims as perpertrators:
Aly said he was “scared too” and “afraid for this country”, adding: “I’m terrified about what it is doing to my friends and family. Honestly, I’m scared about where I belong.”
And once again, Aly suggests the real challenge is to moderate our fear, not address what they are fearful about:
“…I’m not saying you should be silent in the face of bigotry. But when you do engage with someone you disagree with, I’m talking about assuming the best in people, showing others radical generosity in the face of their hostility. Which is the much harder choice because it demands much more restraint, patience, and strength.”
And about Islam, Waleed?
About the fact that the last three terrorist attacks here were all carried out of Muslims we’d accepted as refugees? That 12 of the 21 people jailed here for terrorism – all Muslim – were men we’d accepted as migrants? And seven of the rest were the children of migrants?
More evasion and blame-shifting, I’m afraid. But watch – there will be more praise for that, too.
Andrew Bolt writes for the Herald Sun, Daily Telegraph, and The Advertiser and runs Australia’s most-read political blog. On week nights he hosts The Bolt Report on Sky News at 7pm and his Macquarie Radio show at 8pm with Steve Price.