Here yet again a Misunderstander of Islam resorts to Islamic habits of thought to gain perspective. The one element of jihad terrorism that we must ignore is the one that seems to play most on the minds of jihadists.
THREE worshippers from inner-city mosques were confirmed as Melbourne’s second Islamic terrorism cell when a Supreme Court jury convicted them of conspiring to plan a terrorist attack. Two other men, including one who warned that an attack in Australia would be ”a catastrophe”, were found not guilty.
Their target was the Holsworthy army barracks in Sydney’s south-west. Their aim was to enter the barracks armed with military weapons and kill 500 personnel before they were killed or ran out of ammunition.
But there was no evidence that the three found guilty – Wissam Mahmoud Fattal, 34, Saney Edow Aweys, 27, of Carlton, and Nayef El Sayed, 26, of Glenroy – had weapons when they were arrested on August 4 last year.
Federal police monitored their conversations in Somali, Arabic and English for almost a year as they sought a fatwa, or religious ruling, on the permissibility under Islam of launching an attack on the military in Australia. A Somali sheikh suggested it would do more harm than good for Australian Muslims….
And that is the only consideration that could have caused them to hesitate.
The verdicts drew no immediate reaction from the men. But Fattal, who appeared to be praying before the verdicts were delivered, called out to the jurors as they were dismissed: ”I respect you. Islam is a true religion. Thank you very much.”
The two found not guilty were Abdirahman Ahmed, 26, of Preston, and Yacqub Khayre, 23, of Meadow Heights. Both were embraced by the three guilty men before they left the dock.
When asked about the convictions of his co-accused, Mr Ahmed said: ”It’s unfortunate but this is God’s will. I just want to tell them to be patient. They’ll get out one day.”…
The court heard that the group’s motivation was anger at the earlier, and what they regarded as wrongful, jailing of a group of seven Muslim men on terrorism charges. Those convictions resulted in sentences ranging from four years’ jail to 15 years’ jail. The men convicted yesterday were also angry at the deployment of Australian military personnel in Afghanistan and Iraq….
But if they hadn’t been angry about that, they would have been angry about something else.