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Aug 25, 2014

Let’s hope porn connoisseurs can stop anti-terror laws — as Muslims leaders won’t

The Abbott government's proposed anti-terror laws should be repelled by a unified front of civil libertarians and Muslims. Unfortunately, some groups have been lax in their duty, writes Irfan Yusuf.

Australian conservatives thrive on hysteria. During the 1980s, the paranoia was about Iranian revolutionary Shiism and Soviet communism. The Iranians were kept under control by our buddy Saddam Hussein and his chemical weapons. But the Soviet influence was threatening our moderate democratic Sunni Muslim friends, like dictator General Zia-ul-Haq of Pakistan.

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  1. DF

    Must be an old photo – no blue tie.

  2. rhwombat

    Excellent article, Irfan Yusuf.

  3. j.oneill

    As usual the Australian media is failing to tell us more than a fraction of what is happening in the Middle East. We have grown used to the failure to hold Israel to account, but as Irfan points out, even the Muslim leaders are failing to call Abbott on his posturing, or if they are, it is not being reported.

    The Islamic State is a classic example. This is a group trained and equipped by the Americans among others, as the Jordanian government has acknowledged. They were primarily intended to be used, in classic American style, as proxies in the desire to dislodge the Assad government in Syria.

    IS then made major strides in taking over Iraqi territory; an Iraq left in total disarray because of the US, UK & australian led invasion in 2003, preceded by ten years of sanctions that killed 500,000 children among others. No acknowledgment of that in our media.

    A major source of finance for IS is close US ally Saudi Arabia. On the same day that the US journalist was beheaded the Saudis executed 19 people by beheading, including one man for “sorcery”. Not a squeak out of the US or Australia about that particular barbarity.

    Now Abbott is musing aloud about having Australian’s rejoin the fight in Iraq. No doubt he is relying on the same lack of historical memory and monstrous lies that accompanied the last ill-fated adventure to get Australians to accept a repeat performance.

    He can probably count on a supine media and Labor Party to support him. After all, despite its professed opposition to the earlier outrage the Labor Party when in government refused to countenance an inquiry into our involvement in Iraq.

  4. Venise Alstergren

    DF: I’m almost sure the Rabbott was sporting this tie at a funeral. I can’t remember who died. But that’s what it was.

  5. Venise Alstergren

    IRFAN YUSUF: Thank you for an excellent article.

  6. Kfix

    Thanks Irfan. I’ve missed you in Crikey, hope to once again see more of your writing here.

    Also well said j.oneill

  7. Itsarort

    Can someone explain to me, also observed by j.oneill, why the more vocal supporters of IS look distinctly like members of The House of Saud, yet not even a blink from any politicians or the media?

  8. j.oneill

    Another item of news the Australian media failed to report was the statement last Friday by Syria’s ambassador to the UN that the Islamic State is in an alliance with Israel. IS troops, after being trained in Jordan as previously noted, are infiltrated into Syria via the Israeli occupied Golan Heights.

    This may help to explain why IS has not attacked a single Israeli target, and that they have been conspicuously quiet on the ongoing fate of the Palestinians.

    There is a very interesting article today in Antiwar.com by Walead Farwana on the history of IS whose origins and current successes can be firmly traced back to decades of US policy in the Middle East and Afghanistan. That history needs to be understood in the light of the current posturing by Abbott et al about Islamic radical jihadists running amok.

  9. AR

    Not that I’d expect the Rodent to have a moment of self reflection or doubt of his own rectitude but in that pic. he seems to be thinking “oh, shit what I wrought?”

  10. Dallas Beaufort

    I would prefer water boarding any day to decapitation in the name of some past hero. Time for the tribes to plant some trees..

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