When it comes to time and place the modern left is like an inside out chameleon that has stowed away on an out of control Tardis. They even have the parallel universes in stock and on ice.
This piece from academic psychiatrist and blogger Tad Tietze at New Matilda
Look … many of the people that we're interested in this particular operation are Australian citizens. The vast majority of them are Australian citizens. So, in terms of their ethnicity, I think we need to understand that these are people who are in many cases born and bred Australians. Now, many of them have linkages back to the Middle East, Afghan in particular, however, I don't want to overplay the particular ethnicity because these are Australian citizens.
The current, often hysterical, public debate over the terrorist threat in Australia is one in which all sides have danced around the most important empirical fact of all — that the Jihadists are a product of modern Australian society after more than a decade of the so-called War on Terror.
Of course security agencies, the media and politicos have not denied this fact. It’s just that even when it is mentioned, its implications not only go unstated, but Jihadists as automatically painted as an “other” of some kind.
When Sydney’s Daily Telegraph ran a front page on Numan Haider titled “Jihad Joey” it was not to agonise over what kind of country could produce this would-be terrorist, but to situate Haider as having stepped outside Australian norms.
The article continues here. Like the curate's egg there are some goods bits.
The joint comments (edited)
The problem with the left is that there is something in the leftist psychology, carefully nurtured I suggest, that blocks it from seeing the fifteen foot gorilla with the giant sword standing over there in the corner of the shop. The one that just beheaded the elephant.
The current, often hysterical, public debate over the terrorist threat in Australia is one in which all sides have danced around the most important empirical fact of all — that the Jihadists are a product of modern Australian society after more than a decade of the so-called War on Terror.Of course security agencies, the media and politicos have not denied this fact. It’s just that even when it is mentioned, its implications not only go unstated, but Jihadists as automatically painted as an “other” of some kind.
Completely wrong. Not just wrong. Profoundly wrong. It should come as no surprise therefore that every inference drawn from this pinhole facing south view of the world is also profoundly wrong.
Far from skirting around the important empirical fact that this vile ideology reaches into the second and three generations, often with increasing intensity, this known global phenomenon is getting unprecedented attention in Australia, and not before time.
You can thank the images of that young Sydney boy struggling under the weight of a human head for that. And it must be said the quiet dignity of an Australian grandfather, and a brave Muslim community leader.
The most important empirical fact of all is that Jihadists are a product of a world wide ideology spread by the global communication revolution and that like all Nazi style ideologies, its infection rate is independent of local social disadvantage or legitimate social grievance.
The most important empirical fact of all is that the world is full of this shit.
What is with the left that allows it to shrink and expand its world view according to convenience and even at the same time? How do you do that? One instant we are being told to stop the hysteria because this thing is foreign, not Muslim, and our fault anyway, or the Americans, or the Jews as they keep on saying, but not here. Next the country is excoriated for not living up to its global obligations on global issues -- combating climate change, rescuing refugees, boycotting Jews ...
The rate of Nazi infection is a function of how effective and active are the Nazi recruiters. If you want to know what is the appeal of Jihadism it is impossible to avoid looking at what its pushers are selling. Seriously, how does the left manage to avoid doing that? How do you form a party line on what drives Islamic violence, both here and abroad, or what is Islamic imperialism, without taking any interest at all in what the Islamists are actually saying drives them?
Those flag waving killer rapists in Syria had it infinitely better and freer in Sydney and Melbourne than their parents or any other generation did ever. That the left is setting up Australia as somehow responsible for these criminals and their crimes is not just offensively wrong but dangerous. It feeds the contagion. It affirms, rewards and encourages it.
This article has two highlights. A link to an outstanding article by Paul Monk that accurately frames this an an ideological battle; and a global one at that. His imagery of the nature of the conflict is white hot truth. Highly recommended.
As it was in the SMH I most certainly would have missed this must read.
Than you Tad Tietze
The other highlight is the piece nails the ratty irrelevance of the left's squawks about the statistics in this horrible war of nerves that this life hating fist of ideologies is waging within itself and against the rest of the world.
One horrible death can move a whole people. Recall the people of Melbourne getting out in numbers in memory of a young woman taken and murdered in the streets by a random psychopath. Tell them that someone is ten times more likely to slip in the bath than encounter a killer psychopath
The left's use of statistics and information cut to fit the take of the party line is worth a post on its own. Coming up.
The left does not understand people. It's remarkable but true. This is a consequence of their increasing isolation and elitism. The tragedy is that the Islamists and their head cutters in ISIS and Hamas, and Hezbollah, and AQ and Tehran and for that matter all the rest across Africa and Asia and into Europe and beyond, know people all too well.
The Islamists and their fascist fronts run rings around their Western leftist allies when it comes to the old black arts of herding people. These Green/left wads of blithering fairy floss shouldn't be allowed a place at the table for their own protection. They could stab themselves in the forehead trying to pass the mashed potato.
cross posted geoffff's joint