Monday, September 05, 2005

Anger at S11 terror talks

MUSLIM groups not invited to the Prime Minister John Howard's terrorism summit last month are to hold their own peak gathering - on September 11.

The PM's office yesterday described the timing - the fourth anniversary of the September 11 attacks on the US - as unfortunate.
Muslim community leaders admitted yesterday the timing was controversial, but said the date should be reclaimed as one of healing, not of Islamic terror.

This is where I pick my jaw up. Why on earth would we not see 9/11 as an anniversary of Islamic terror?

Wasn't that when thousands of people were killed courtesy of planes flying into buildings and fields?

Jets hijacked by Islamic fundamentalists? An atrocity claimed without remorse by Osama Bin Laden as part of an Islamic struggle for domination in the world?

What part of this is unclear?

Labor leader Kim Beazley questioned the choice of date.

"It's certainly confronting," Mr Beazley said. "While it may have been done with the best intentions it will not sit comfortably with a lot of Australians. I think it is unwise."

Mr Beazley, "confronting" is a bit wishy-washy even for you. Confronting? I confront my bank when it comes to overcharging on my credit card. I confront poor service in restaurants.

This date is a deliberate smack in the face of those who suffered and died - the living and the dead. Maybe it's a test of our so-called tolerance laws.

I don't know for sure, but I do find it incredibly offensive and insensitive.

About 500 delegates from a range of Australian Islamic community and ethnic groups are to attend the meeting at the University of Sydney.

It has been organised by the Affinity Intercultural Foundation, an interfaith Muslim organisation founded in 2001.

"We must reclaim this date," said Affinity organiser Mehmet Saral."

"That date was the date Islam was recognised as the religion of terror," he said.

And the problem with Islam being recognised at the religion of terror is.....?

Okay, we have 9/11, Bali, Madrid, London.

Do I hear an Oklahoma City? Sorry? That wasn't orchestrated by Islamic fundamentalists? oops. My bad.

And that's without thinking.

Imagine what a bit of brainpower could throw up.


At 4:59 PM, Anonymous bettiwettiwoo said...

... an interfaith Muslim organisation founded in 2001.

How can an organization be both Muslim and 'interfaith' at the same time? Intra-faith possibly (the word just sounds baroque); but interfaith? Isn't that a contradiction in terms?

At 5:24 PM, Blogger Nick and Nora Charles said...

Ah, nevermind Nilknarf, we've got the Best Party of Allah in Australia.

They will be able to set their own dates once they have the majority in Parliament as party president Kurt Kennedy assures us that one day they will:

Just as you see there is sufficient Greeks electing Greek MPs (eg Sophie Panopoulos, Peter Georgiou) and Chinese electing Chinese MPs (eg Penny Wong), you will not have any difficulty imagining one day, the BEST PARTY will control the majority in Parliament House", Mr. Kennedy forecasts.

I have more on my site.

-- Nora

At 5:43 PM, Blogger Keith said...

They want to change the anniversary of 9/11 into a "day of healing"?
I can help with that.

How about I load my .357 Magnum levergun and go out and shoot a few radical islamists around Melbourne? That'd heal some of the anger I feel over the murderous bastards.

At 8:51 PM, Blogger Olivia said...

Obnoxious. Disrespectful. Tacky. But part of the whole deception thing they're big on. Divert and deflect attention away from the problem (Islam), by making themselves look like the victims. Latest trend: the dreaded "backlash" against Muslims. Before that, it was "Islamophobia". They are constantly working at keeping the spotlight off the true source of the problem - their hateful, intolerant, violent, political ideology disguised as a religion of "peace". Too much truth out there. Too much knowledge. Too many informed people cluing in. Divert and deflect if you can't stop the information from getting to people. War is deception, said their founder, who was nothing but a self-serving, perverted warlord, not a prophet.

At 9:09 PM, Blogger Nilk said...

You've got that right, Olivia.

I'm wondering what they'll actually be doing on sunday. How do they think they can 'reclaim the day'? It's not quite the same as the women's march to 'reclaim the night' in protest against sexual assault.

The scary thing is, there are people out there who would actually believe their crap.

OT, but some of you might remember a comment on another blog by a poster who went through security at one of the airports. I can't remember if it was on Mike Jericho's blog or A Western Heart.

Anyway, there was a muslim woman manning the xray machine and nobody was paying much attention to her. The point that was made was that as a devout muslim woman (as she would be, wearing her hijab), if a muslim man came through with something dodgy in his bag, she would let him through without saying anything. If she did turn him in, she would be in deep diabolical due to going against a muslim man.

Well, a friend of mine who works at the airport mentioned this to me, and didn't think much of it. Just that there was a woman on the xray machine who wore the headdress. I asked him about the above situation and how he felt when it was pointed out that the women are subservient to the men, and Islam comes above all else.

Needless to say, he hadn't thought of it like that. He reckons he's going to ask those higher up about it, but says that nothing will be done. If she was moved or any comments made to her, then you could hear the screams of discrimination from here to the back of Burke.

Sorry for the length of this.

At 4:09 AM, Anonymous Mike Jericho said...

Must have been AWH.


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