Iemma says that young Muslims don’t join the police force because they feel unwanted. He doesn’t seem to consider that there might be another explanation: that many young Muslims don’t consider themselves Australians and don’t want to take part in an infidel governing apparatus. This reminds me of the handwringing last fall over the French’s failure to encourage assimilation among its Muslim population; all the learned experts conveniently forgot that they had actively resisted such integration for decades, per agreements made between the EU and the Arab League.
“Premier tells Muslims to join police,” from AAP, with thanks to JE:
YOUNG Muslims should not be discouraged from joining the police force, NSW Premier Morris Iemma says.
His comments follow a media report that as few as 24 of the state’s 15,000 officers are practising Muslims.
The report said young Muslims who want to join the police force don’t sign up because they feel unwanted.
But Mr Iemma dismissed the suggestion today, saying young Muslim cops were active and effective in his electorate of Lakemba, in Sydney’s south-west.
“I can speak from personal experience where there are young Muslim men who are police officers and do a very good job in my electorate of liaising with the local ethnic community,” he told reporters.
“(The force) quite deliberately seeks to recruit from the non-English speaking community.”
Mr Iemma called on interested young Muslims to join the force as part of a massive recruitment drive, announced by the government in the wake of the Cronulla race riot.