Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Dr. Bergin on averting the rise of Muslim terrorists in Australia


Dr. Anthony Bergin, apparently some kind of counter-terrorism expert, had a piece on the ‘hearts and minds’ dimension of counter-terrorism in last Saturday’s Sydney Morning Herod, but I found his thoughts to be illogical. He argues that

We need political leadership to work with our Muslim communities to identify credible, progressive voices that lead communities away from the radical Islamist agenda.

The parliamentary secretary for multicultural affairs, Laurie Ferguson, said this year that the Federal Government was considering whether to revive the Howard government's Muslim Community Reference Group. He suggested the new group might have fewer imams and more women and young people, and might reflect the sizeable non-religious component of the Australian Muslim community. He noted that the Muslim Reference Group was not good at avoiding internal recriminations, that its factions regularly leaked to the media against each other, and that it was widely regarded as unrepresentative.

[…] A problem is that the efforts of federal and state agencies do not comprise a nationally co-ordinated, cohesive and comprehensive strategy to limit Islamist extremism. It is time they did.

An Australian Muslim national security forum should develop strategies for tackling extremism before it manifests itself in acts of terrorism. The forum should comprise local Muslim communities, business, young Australian-educated secular Muslims, particularly women, Muslim university student associations, faith leaders and police.
But I fail to see the logic in this. Won’t it just marginalise and disenfranchise the kind of Muslims who are most likley to become terrorists? Won’t it just drive them deeper underground? If anything, one might have thought that the membership of a re-constituted Muslim Community Reference Group would be weighted in favour of the more radical elements of the Muslim community, the ones to whom the young fanatics might actually listen. After all, these same fanatics are neither going to come from nor take any notice of the ranks of the hip young non-hijab-wearing university-going Muslim chicks. But then I suppose that this isn’t the kind of thing that appeals to the politically correct élites, among whom the spirit of loquimini nobis placentia is no doubt firmly entrenched; all they want to hear is something that is compatible with the failed policy of multiculturism. Dr. Bergin admits as much in his final paragraph when he says that

Phrases such as "winning Muslim hearts and minds", with their war-like overtones, should be avoided because they are likely to play into the prejudices of potential recruits.
Yet what Dr. Bergin and his fellow-travellers are doing is playing into the prejudices of the multicultural intelligentsia. It appears that they cannot be brought to admit the madness of multiculturalism even when national security is at risk.

Not that any of this represents how I would handle this mess, mind you. If it were up to me there would be an immediate moratorium on further Muslim immigration and the implementation of some kind of scheme to encourage Muslims to leave the country.

Reginaldvs Cantvar
9.XII.2008 A.D.

1 comment:

Sir Wellington Boote said...

As a person who has lived and worked among muslims here and in several muslim countries I agree with the idea that we in the West have a cause for serious concern connected to armed islam.

Distinctions need to be made: the vast majority of muslims here are quietists. They are unarmed and abhor violence; however, they are weak and frightened of those muslims here who are pro-violence. Thus they are silent.

The simplest and easiest move in Australia is to expel all the imams. mullahs, muhktars and sheiks currently in Australia. The are about 100 or so such persons here.They are expelled on national security grounds to be found in a much strengthened 'Nation Security Act', which needs to be passed by Parliament.

This would allow the leaderless muslims in Australia to then set out and develop an 'Australian Islam' based on the reality of their lives in Australia.

'Divide et impera' to coin a latin phrase. (Latin errors are all mine).