Aug 26, 2014

‘No credible threat’ from the virus of radicalisation

Radicalisation of young Muslims can be stopped easily -- by not attacking Muslim countries. But Western governments persist in treating it as a kind of virus.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

“The best defence against radicalisation is through well-informed and well-equipped families, communities and institutions,” the Prime Minister claimed this morning, announcing a package of over $60 million in measures targeting “young Australians being radicalised”.

Wrong, PM. The best defence against radicalisation is to avoid gratuitous military attacks on Muslim countries. Who says? Baroness Manningham-Buller:

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26 thoughts on “‘No credible threat’ from the virus of radicalisation

  1. rhwombat

    ‘But the old m[e]n would not so, but slew his son,
    And half the seed of Europe, one by one.

  2. David Hand

    It’s oh so fashionable to blame the west for radicalised Jihadists. It’s all our fault by invading Iraq. I note that there is no effort to explore whether or not this is a correlation rather than a causal relationship. In fact the headline directly links the cause – invading Muslim countries – with the effect – radicalised jihadists.

    Manningham-Butler seems to have got her chronology mixed up. The west was blissfully coasting into the 21st century thinking all was generally sweet in the post cold war world when 9/11 happened. Then the west invaded muslim countries. In that order, stupid.

  3. samquigley

    Way to history, David Hand. Isn’t it weird how Al-Qaeda imagined those Iraqi sanctions and the US’s extended military presence in Saudi Arabia and its unquestioning support of Israel, though.

  4. Ian Brown

    “Then the west invaded muslim countries. In that order, stupid.”

    Putting aside the fact that Iraq was clearly the wrong country to invade (no hindsight required) you seem to be unaware that the major motivation of Al Quaeda in the run up to 9/11 was the stationing of US forces in Saudi Arabia during and subsequent to the first Gulf War (infidels in the home of the Prophet). Or the scholarship generally linking terrorism to military occupation – see

    It is not Manning-Butler who is stupid …

  5. Dennis Bauer

    Mr Hand the Muslims where very good people as President Reagan said, Google it, there is plenty on the net to read about it, they were good people when we were fighting the Communists, and really it is caused to a great extent by the first world war. It is just a continuation of the 1914/1918 Great War, but if your like my tory mate Rossco you wont believe any of this, you more than likely pass it off as nonsense.

  6. klewso

    We have little to fear more than fear-mongers.

  7. Deborah Richards

    “… radicalisation is not some random event like contracting meningitis, but a coherent response by (mostly) young Muslim men to the perception that Western governments are at war with Islamic countries.”..
    This is true but also reading the Facebook and twitter entries of young Australian Muslims,there is also a strong perception that western countries do not accept their Muslim minority citizens, and in a sense are at war with them

  8. Kevin Herbert

    ‘Radicalisation of young Muslims can be stopped easily — by not attacking Muslim countries”.

    How straightforward it is…and yet not said in public by any western government toady of the US.

    PS: there’s no such organisation as Al Quaeda, which is a confection of the CIA.

  9. Bill Hilliger

    Of course, …security is a growth industry requiring ever more $$$, no questions asked. Easy to justify just identify an enemy, nowadays its misguided jihadists. Security garners votes when votes are difficult to come by, etc.

    Communism is old hat, no longer an immediate enemy, we now trade with them. No, not Russia, they have a trade embargo on Australia worth about $1 billion mostly primary produce that went pffftt. Barnaby Joyce was sent to China to try and divert / save the loss. No success there, otherwise Tony of Team Murdoch would have been crowing about it.

    Then again, maybe the enemy is within, the attitude of our politicians past and present, to wit: solicited involvement by deputy sheriff you know who …Iraq and Afghanistan may have had something to do with the current state in the middle east and furthermore radicalisation of Muslim youth.

  10. Marilyn Shepherd

    The dimwits in the Murdoch rags even claim that shiíte hazara are joining radical sunni gangs. Seriously stupid people.

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