No sooner had the press coverage of an Islamist militant’s attack on a chocolate shop in Sydney, Australia, coalesced on Monday, than it was forcibly knocked off of the radar by reports of the horrendous slaughter of 141 people (including 132 children) by the Taliban at a military-run school in Pakistan on Tuesday.
Leading up to this week, we heard of 19-year-old New Jersey resident Brendan Tevlin, who was shot eight times by avowed Islamist Ali Muhammad Brown in June. Brown is accused of killing at least three other men in the Pacific Northwest. There were the September beheadings of American journalists by the ISIS terror group and calls by ISIS for beheadings of Westerners worldwide.
Then came the beheading of Colleen Hufford by Muslim convert Alton Nolan in Moore, Oklahoma. At the time of his arraignment, the New York Times reported that “federal officials said they had found no links between him and Islamic extremist groups that have beheaded several Western hostages in the Middle East and North Africa in recent weeks.”
As if this mattered in the context of the Islamic threat.
On Oct. 23, a man charged at four New York police officers wielding a metal hatchet, wounding two. Later, he was found to have been heavily influenced by Islamic doctrine. The same week, the nation of Canada was faced with the specter of Islamist violence when a soldier was killed after being run over with a car by a suspected jihadi, and another carried out a murderous rampage just outside the Canadian Parliament.
Police in Sydney hadn’t finished mopping up after the siege earlier this week when a Twitter hashtag campaign emerged. Started by some young Australian fool, it built into thousands of Australians offering to ride on buses and trains with Muslims, or give them lifts to work the following day in order to keep them safe.
Americans’ impression of Australians has always trended toward favorable, perhaps because there’s that shared component of rugged individualism. It has become evident, however, that the Australian press is at least as lousy with vapid, subversive leftists as the American press, and they’ve done a pretty good job at brainwashing a whole lot of Australians with dangerous politically correct twaddle.
On Monday, the Sydney Morning Herald published a positively disgusting piece admonishing Australians to empathize with and forgive Man Haron Monis, the perpetrator of the chocolate-shop siege. Monis, a self-proclaimed “sheik” who arrived in Australia in 1996 as a refugee, had a lengthy criminal record – like many overtly antisocial jihadi types who ought to have been scrutinized by law enforcement but who were not because that would be racist. In 2013, Monis was charged as an accessory to the murder of his ex-wife, who was allegedly stabbed and set on fire. He sent hate mail to the families of Australian soldiers who had been killed in action and was charged with the sexual assault of a 27-year-old woman just this year.
Yet, after every heinous act carried out by Muslims, we are assured that such Muslims do not represent Islam, that they are aberrations with respect to Islamic doctrine and that the majority of Muslims are peaceful. President Obama is, of course, one of the most vociferous purveyors of this meme; he has used it time and again.
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