BRISBANE AIRPORT : (This was overheard by a patient of mine, last week, standing at the luggage carrousel next to a little old lady and a woman in a burqa ).
Old lady turning to Muslim woman: ''Excuse me dear, I mean no offence, but isn't it hot under that burqa?''
Muslim woman (abruptly): ''Believe me.....you'll soon be finding out what it's like wearing a burqa.''
Old lady: "Well, my dear at my age I'm sure I won't be around to see it. If not. I'll make sure I have two bullets....one for you then one for me!'' That shut her up!
|Different Styles of Muslim Dress|
The annual conference of Hizb ut-Tahrir heard speakers say the federal government had a covert plan to marginalize and suppress activist and traditional Islam under the guise of engagement and fostering harmony with moderates in the community. ASIO says more moderate leaders have helped keep down tensions, especially over Syria. We are thankfully past the low point when Muslim groups elected as Grand Mufti of Australia the extremist Taj el-Din al-Hilali, who hailed the September 11 attacks as ''God's work against oppressors.'' Unfortunately, this Sheik still preaches at Lakemba Mosque - Australia's biggest - and he has young radical preachers now whip up potentially lethal resentments, particularly when Australian soldiers are fighting jihadists overseas or when the police arrest them at home.
In an address entitled Forging an Independent Path for the Community, speaker Wassim Doureihi told the 600-strong audience gathered in that hall that many Muslims had been cowed by the federal government and its agencies into abandoning traditional and activist Islam. He added that those imams and other Muslim community leaders who co-operated with the government lent legitimacy to what Mr Doureihi claimed was Canberra's campaign against Muslims at home and abroad. ''They sit at the table with those who are waging war against Muslims,'' he said....knowing full well that Muslims are waging war with the West as often as they can. Most Australians would say, ''Go home if you don't like it here and take your non-assimilation with you!''
|Wassim Doureihi in Sydney|
Just last week, ASIO's report to Parliament exploded some sweet lies we've been told about our immigration program. Here's one: immigration brings only good things, like falafel. Here's another: there's still only a ''tiny, unrepresentative minority'' of Muslim extremists here, A ''handful''. HANDFUL? Check the ASIO report: ''This year ASIO....investigated several hundred mostly Australia-based individuals who are advocates of a violent Islamist ideology. In fact, we already have 20 Muslims jailed for terrorism-related offences and we fear more may come as there has been an increase in Australians travelling overseas to participate in terrorist training or engage in foreign disputes, like Syria. The concern is the likelihood of radicalised Australians returning home with an increased commitment and capability to pursue violent acts on our shores.''
When five Muslims were jailed in Sydney for a terrorist plot to attack a local Army base, 30 Muslim ''community leaders'' and imams signed a statement at the Lakemba Mosque, claiming ''the reason for the arrests and convictions is that these young men expressed opinions that contradict Australia's foreign policy towards majority Muslim countries.'' There seems to be a huge amount of denial in Western Sydney. ASIO's report didn't cover other evidence that a significant minority of some Muslim groups have struggled to integrate. For instance, those of Lebanese descent have high rates of unemployment, welfare dependency and imprisonment, and high rates of bikie gang membership. Add this danger sign: Of the 18 terrorist groups banned in Australia, 17 are Islamist. Even the exception, the Stalinist PKK, is from the Middle East.
The Way I See It.....our immigration policies have been incredibly reckless, thanks to politicians more concerned with seeming good than achieving security for Aussie citizens. We have been bringing in more than 10,000 refugee a year from Muslim lands - especially ones in which jihadism is worst. Many have little English and few skills. Not surprisingly, just 9% of Afgan adults find work here even five years after arriving. Yet, just last month, the Abbott Government said it would accept another 500 refugees from Syria's war between jihadists and the Assad regime. Few would be any better equipped to integrate than were the refugees we took in from Lebanon's civil war and who formed a community (ghetto) which now makes up a quarter of our Muslim population - but which has produced nearly two thirds of those charged with terrorism offences.
The ethnic link is so pronounced that Australia's immigration laws needs revision. The mandatory deportation of gang members, both foreign and domestic is being pushed by the Queensland government that's aimed at stemming the flow of Middle Eastern and Pacific Islander recruits into gangs. There should be no argument about this. An immigration system which leaves Australians in more danger from being robbed, bashed, shot or otherwise menaced is not just a failure but a betrayal. Besides...there are just so many falafels Aussies can eat.