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Red Alert, Hollywood style « Previous | |Next »
September 19, 2014

So we have a counter terrorism raid with over 800 police bursting into homes in Sydney, Brisbane and Logan, hovering helicopters, 15 arrested and detained, four charged. Oh, and the media were duly recruited and the major mainstream TV outlets supplied with footage of the commando-style operations, filmed and supplied by the police themselves. The police also helpfully supplied still shots of the action to the newspapers.

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In this terror drama terrorist sympathisers in Australia were foiled plotting "an extravaganza of brutality" and this indicates the existential threat of “home-grown terrorism", the “enemies within”. Why, even Australia’s half a million Muslims are not “fitting in”, and their very presence is a threat to social cohesion. There is angst about Muslim incompatibility with “Western/Australian values”. Islamaphobia is being stirred by the shock jocks on talk back radio.

The problem with this terror spectacle is that we don’t actually know the details of the evidence against those arrested. It is all wrapped in the shroud of counter-terrorism. No But the message is loud and clear--- Australia's national security is threatened big time.

It's time for the Australian public to be alarmed and alert, for Australia to have a homeland security-type portfolio, and for all the anti-terrorism legislation to be passed asap. The terror theatrics justifies Australia's involvement in the 3rd Iraq War.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 12:57 PM | | Comments (10)


Spreading fear regarding Muslim extremism is a vote winner for conservatives

The United States, which chose to intervene in Iraq in defiance of the United Nations, as part of its war against terror, is re-entering Iraq 11 years later driven by the need to thwart yet another threat, namely the extremist multi-headed hydra its own actions have so effectively, even if unwittingly, nurtured over the intervening years.

Tony Abbott whips up the fear and anxiety about home-grown terrorism, then says that he is our protector. And by accentuating the danger, he emphasises his position as protector of national security.

If theIS terrorists’ strategy is to enrage the broader Australian community and get them to demonise the Muslim community, which would in turn cause more Muslims to support the extremists, then the Abbott Government is helping things along with its over the top fear campaign.

The Abbott Govt continues to deny any link between the war on Iraq and the radicalisation of Islamic youth in Australia.

It's amnesia.

Nor does the Abbott Govt see any connection between the destruction of the Islamic state and the emergence of IS from the Sunni population.

A new war on terror has been unleashed, this time against the ‘Islamic State’ (IS) with a new ‘coalition of the willing’.

It's a replay of 9/11---the mission of the US is defined as erasing evil and vanquishing “hate and destruction” from the world through war and destruction. The aim is not simply to defeat this new enemy, but to eliminate it. To destroy it.

It sounds like a crusade.

The Murdoch tabloids are suggesting that there was an attack planned in Martin Place specifically, and that it to be a public beheading.

They have no evidence.

800 police on a counter terrorism raid on 18 September, with full media coverage tailored for the Murdoch tabloid press by the police media unit. The result: 1 person charged with a terrorism offence, 2 others received court attendance notices.

That's it. Its' political theatre

The Abbott government is going to trade away the liberties of Muslims for national security. That is the practical meaning of "There may be more restrictions on some, so that there can be more protection for others."