Pat Gooley from the NSW Police Association said: “We are used to being under threat. What’s really concerning police is there’s no rhyme or reason to these current terror threats.”
No rhyme or reason? Have you ever heard of jihad, Mr. Gooley? Evidently not. Other police officials, meanwhile, are busy making sure that Farhad Jabar Khalil Mohammad’s jihad murder doesn’t lead anyone to think there is anything amiss with the Muslim community. The murder “was doubly shocking because it was perpetrated by a 15-year-old boy and it underlines the importance of families, communities, leaders being very aware of whether young people are becoming radicalised,” said Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, complacently assuming that Muslim “families, communities, leaders” in Australia are against this “radicalization” — but where is the evidence of that?
Turnbull also said: “We must not vilify or blame the entire Muslim community with the actions of what is, in truth, a very, very small percentage of violent extremist individuals. The Muslim community are our absolutely necessary partners in combating this type of violent extremism.” When has the Muslim community in Australia or elsewhere in the West genuinely acted like partners in combating this type of violent extremism? And we must indeed not vilify or blame the entire Muslim community, but can we not call upon them to institute honest, transparent and inspectable programs in mosques and Islamic schools that teach against this understanding of Islam that they ostensibly reject and oppose?
Meanwhile, opposition leader Bill Shorten said: “Our thoughts are also with the family of the alleged young perpetrator. Like all Australians, they will be struggling to comprehend how someone so young could be part of such a terrible crime.” How does he know his family wasn’t involved? Has he carried out an investigation? He assumes that the family taught young Farhad Jabar Khalil Mohammad the true, peaceful Islam, but that he was then “radicalized on the Internet” — but why was his family’s true, peaceful Islam not able to withstand the challenge from the twisted, hijacked Internet Islam?
NSW Premier Mike Baird said that he and others were trying to understand “how someone so young could commit such a hideous crime.” He might wish to look into Islam’s teachings about jihad, but he won’t. He also said: “We cannot let actions such as this divide us. We cannot let hate overtake us. We have to come together and I’m sure that’s what we’ll see from this city and state.”
Indeed, we must not let hate overtake us, as it overtook Curtis Cheng. But can we do that by refusing to examine the ideology that led to his murder? By “hate,” Baird means “honest investigation into the texts and teachings of Islam that incite attacks such as this one, and the prevalence of such teachings in the Muslim community.”
And that’s the problem: every time there is another jihad attack or foiled jihad plot in the free world, our leaders just circle the wagons, trot out their Religion-of-Peace cliches again, warn us against “Islamophobia,” and refuse to look into the genuine root causes of the problem.
“Gunman who shot dead NSW police employee was radicalised youth,” ABC.net.au, October 3, 2015 (thanks to all who sent this in):
The actions of the 15-year-old gunman who shot dead a New South Wales police civilian employee were an act of terrorism, police say.
The radicalised youth of Middle Eastern background has been named as Farhad Jabar Khalil Mohammad.
He killed the police employee, Curtis Cheng, as he was leaving police headquarters at Parramatta in Sydney’s west around 4:30pm yesterday.
The offender then fired several more shots at officers as they emerged from the building to respond to the incident.
He was killed when the officers, who are special constables, returned fire.
Commissioner Andrew Scipione said police were a long way from establishing a full picture of the gunman but could confirm he was of Iraqi-Kurdish background and born in Iran.
“We believe his actions were politically motivated and therefore linked to terrorism,” Mr Scipione said.
“We have no information that this individual posed this type of threat but we will investigate thoroughly.”
He said police were also investigating how the 15-year-old was in possession of a gun and that the boy’s relatives in Australia had been co-operating with police.
Mr Scipione confirmed the victim was Curtis Cheng, a 17-year veteran of the police force’s finance department.
“He was a much-loved man, [he had] been with us a long time. I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone have a bad word about Curtis and he will be missed,” he said.
Police executed a search warrant on Farhad Jabar Khalil Mohammad’s home on Friday night and seized “laptops and iPads” which they are now examining for clues as to the boy’s motivation.
Premier Mike Baird said the “chilling crime” would “echo around the world”, while Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull condemned the “cold-blooded murder, targeting the NSW Police Service”.
“It was doubly shocking because it was perpetrated by a 15-year-old boy and it underlines the importance of families, communities, leaders being very aware of whether young people are becoming radicalised,” Mr Turnbull said.
He urged the community to remember the Australian Muslim community would be especially appalled by the crime.
“We must not vilify or blame the entire Muslim community with the actions of what is, in truth, a very, very small percentage of violent extremist individuals,” he said.
“The Muslim community are our absolutely necessary partners in combating this type of violent extremism.”
Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten described the shooting as a “shocking incident”.
In a statement he said Australians would struggle to comprehend how a 15-year-old boy would be part of a terrible crime.
“Our thoughts are also with the family of the alleged young perpetrator. Like all Australians, they will be struggling to comprehend how someone so young could be part of such a terrible crime,” the statement said….
Mr Baird said people were trying to understand “how someone so young could commit such a hideous crime”.
“We cannot let actions such as this divide us. We cannot let hate overtake us,” he said.
“We have to come together and I’m sure that’s what we’ll see from this city and state.”
No logical reason for attack is disturbing: police union
Pat Gooley from the NSW Police Association said he was confident that appropriate processes were in place to assess this kind of threat but found it disturbing there was no logical reason for the attack.
“Police have been targets for a long time in their policing duties from drug offenders from mental health patients that require assistance,” he said.
“We are used to being under threat. What’s really concerning police is there’s no rhyme or reason to these current terror threats.”…