ISIS isn’t the first Islamic State to claim supremacy, there was another that reigned terror for 400 years and was based on the Barbary Coast of North Africa. They were known as the “Barbarians” (funny how that word keeps popping up). The Barbarians terrorised Mediterranean nations and as far west as America up until as late as the 19th Century. Using pirated ships they mass murdered, raped, tortured and slave-traded their way to Islamic supremacy until, around 1840, suffering nations decided enough was enough and they were snuffed out.
One hundred years of an Aussie Friday tradition is underway in Melbourne with finalists Sydney Swans’ and Hawthorn Hawks’ supporters, numbering ten thousand, all enjoying a sunny Friday. Not a word of abuse, no scuffles, no death threats just a joyful appreciation of a fine Aussie tradition.
Even before good old Mohammed came along, the Middle East was already a highly “tribalised” place. They all had their different groups with their Sultans (warlords) with their differing loyalties. It was a lot like England in the middle ages with different groups vying for power and arranging marriages to keep alliances together.
For God’s sake make sure you include this in any comment you make: “This crime has nothing to do with Islam and nothing to do with religion.” It seems this memo went out to every politician, public servant and copper in the country. But it has backfired. You can fool some of the people some of the time but none of the people this time.
Let’s say your name is Abdul and you are a budding Aussie terrorist from Lakemba mosque who has been invited to partake in the Islamic State Games in Syria (bugger, I shouldn’t say Islamic because that’s inflammatory). I’ll start again. Let’s say your name is Abdul and you are a budding Aussie terrorist from Lakemba presbytery who has been invited to partake in the Presbyterian State Games in Syria.
As the US takes five Arab States on bombing missions into Syria, the prize of being the first to commit an Islamic atrocity on innocent Australians is exciting Muslims everywhere energised by the success of the Islamic State so far, and the craven weakness of our politicians.
As Julia prepares to grace our screens and flog her “tell-nothing” book this evening, I’ve decided to revisit and update my assessment from over two years ago of our most enigmatic Prime Minister ever. Nothing much has changed and to be honest, she fascinates me to distraction.
In local councils across Australia, and indeed most of the Western World, applications are pending for the building of new Mosques. Until recently, these applications would have been approved with little more than a rubber stamp and a few suggestions as to local planning.
Each time we hear or see on our news deadly or violent events in the name of Islam, we are told by Muslims that ‘Islam is the Religion of Peace’. The Imams, Islamic scholars and Muslim spokespersons are quick to make the claim of 'peace'. Young Muslims call up radio talk-back to also make this claim.