The Daily Telegraph
October 13 2015
THE tendency in this country to deny, dismiss or downplay acts of terrorism is as perplexing as it is dangerous.
It seems the default response among some timid or self-interested political and religious leaders, as well as the usual anti-Western bent of the fashionable Left, is to discount the clearly real threat of Islamic extremism or cloak it in politically correct jargon.
For this reason the clear words and firm courses of action advanced by Premier Mike Baird are as refreshing as they are necessary for the safety of our community. Little wonder he is the most popular political leader in the country.
Having courageously acknowledged the problem of Islamic extremism in the community — while of course not tarring all Muslims with that sad brush — the Premier is today unveiling a suite of anti-terror measures he has asked the Commonwealth to grant state authorities, while at the same time indicating NSW will go it alone in some areas if national agreement cannot be reached.
Tellingly, they come with the strong backing of Deputy Premier and Police Minister Troy Grant, himself a former cop who knows a criminal problem when he sees it.
This is the kind of clear, swift and decisive leadership ordinary people have been crying out for in the wake of the latest terror attack in Parramatta, and sits in stark contrast to the somewhat confused and directionless language coming from the federal government.
Liberal Party's Affirmative Action Village Idiot at Large Fiona Scott "‘one little incident over 100 years’ involving Islamic community"
Notwithstanding how the family of Mr Cheng might feel about such a characterisation, it is in fact the third terrorist incident on home soil in barely over a year, culminating in the loss of three innocent lives and the deaths of the three perpetrators.
It also comes on top of well over 100 Australian deaths since the September 11 attacks, including the 88 killed in the Bali bombings.
In fact, 100 years ago — the time frame Scott mentions — was the year of Australia’s first known terrorist attack, when two Islamic men shot dead four people in Broken Hill, leaving a note declaring: “I must kill you and give my life for my faith, Allahu Akbar.” Those last two words were the ones Farhad Jabar cried as he killed Mr Cheng little over a week ago.
And of course Scott and other apologists also downplay the countless lives saved by Australian authorities who have thwarted attack plans. This kind of comment from an elected representative is, frankly, jaw-dropping, but sadly typical of the complacency that has beset many in this largely peaceful country.
Thankfully we have leaders like Mike Baird who plan to keep it that way.