Two approaches to Islam and terror - Part One - Greg Sheridan's just returned from the UK with important insights

Today two diametrically opposed views on Islam and terror.

Here's the first of them.

Greg Sheridan has just returned from a visit to the UK where he interviewed a fascinating range of people with insights into the jihadi reality.

The Australian's run his lengthy column today and be warned it's big!   To read it in full you'll need to subscribe or go to the newsagent - I'd highly recommend it.

Greg makes two important points - Islam is the core reason we have terrorism at all - and while we have Islamists amongst us we will have a cycle of terror attacks.

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A crowd of mostly teenage girls, as innocent as young people can be, at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester. It’s everything jihadist terrorists — from Islamic State to al-Qa’ida to the Taliban — hate most about the West, and everything that declares the innocence of youth and the pleasure of music in public spaces.

The savage attack — believed to have been carried out by a lone male suicide bomber, leaving at least 22 dead, 60 injured and more fatalities likely — demonstrates the stark realities of the terrorism war. First, the terror threat in Western societies is not diminishing. Every so often the West gets weary of the terror story, develops terrorism fatigue and wants to declare the peak of the threat has passed. This is not true.

The sources of radicalisation and paranoia, especially among a minority of young Muslim men, are as strong as ever. Radical networks and communities are replenishing themselves. Jihadis returning from the Middle East are an added source of recruits, already trained and motivated, for the terror movement.

Operationally, the choice of target is becoming more sophisticated. Two months ago a lone-wolf terrorist killed six people on Westminster Bridge and in the environs of the British Houses of Parliament, a target of huge symbolic and political significance.

The choice of Grande’s Manchester concert is psychologically even more telling. Could anything strike greater terror into a Western population than carnage among innocent teenage girls?

Greg makes a very important point about the dangers of dealing with Islamists, a point yet to be grasped by Turnbull - who's unlikely to get it at all while he maintains his Pollyanna Islam the religion of peace and love stupidity.

Greg's recounting a chat with Hannah Stuart of Policy Exchange, the leading conservative think tank in Britain:

“For a time (about a decade ago) the government just had no idea and looked for help to groups that actually had links to the Muslim Brotherhood.”

During this period, so long as the specific groups did not advocate direct terrorist violence, the British state thought that such groups, which often espoused a deeply extremist ideology that stopped one step short of advocacy of terrorism, could be part of the solution.

“For a time the authorities virtually outsourced the problem to these groups,” Stuart says.

“The default position of people who don’t know much about it is to go to soft Islamists, to the people who shout the loudest.”

That has changed, she says — and entirely for the better.

“The British government now doesn’t work with the Muslim Council, who in 2009 went to Istanbul and signed a declaration saying that if the British navy is involved in stopping weapons going to Gaza, then attacks on the British navy are justified.

“One big theme of Policy Exchange is that officials need to exercise due diligence about who they are speaking to. (Former prime minister) David Cameron’s epiphany moment came as opposition leader at the Birmingham Central Mosque, where a leader told him that the 9/11 terror attacks and the 7/7 attacks in Britain had not been carried out by Muslims but by the security services.”

From then on Cameron made it a point to attack nonviolent extremism as well as explicit support for terrorism.

Turnbull is nowhere near learning those lessons.

His kowtowing to the Islamic Council of Victoria last year was revolting,

"In the Ottoman Empire, when the successful, the really successful, artistically brilliant, brilliant in every respect in terms of medicine, in terms of literature, I'm thinking of the Abbasid Caliphate, I’m thinking of the Umayyads in Spain. 

Everything you need to know about how far Turnbull has to go to connect with reality is displayed in this photo featuring his major sources of advice on Islamists and their religion of peace.


Which brings us to our next post, compare and contrast the common sense you've read here and at The Australian from Greg Sheridan with the contents of Dr Waleed Aly's PhD Thesis.



Abdel-Mageid recorded 7 months before Anzac Day, "If I (rubbished) the Anzacs & Gallipoli I would get crucified"


Ben Fordham's 2GB Sydney Live radio show picked up on this story today - thank you Ben for the credit to our site.



Abdel-Magied's duplicitous apology after her offensive Anzac Day tweet.

“It was brought to my attention that my last post was disrespectful, and for that, I apologise unreservedly,” she said.

If you've been inclined to give Ms Abdel Mageid the benefit of any doubt about her intentions on Anzac Day, listen to the woman herself describing - or planning  - the sleight and anticipating its consequences.

She knew precisely what she was doing.

And played it for publicity.

Oooops?  I don't think so.

We've been taken for mugs by a publicity seeking no character blow-in, prepared to knowingly trash a commemoration of deep significance for a majority of Australians - to draw attention to herself.

Today she's reported as saying she feels unfairly treated over her Anzac Day post.

Really?  Listen on.

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On 10 September 2016 Yassmin Abdel Magied was speaking at the Brisbane Writers Festival after a presentation from the author Lionel Shriver.

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This extract of the audio from that recording is unedited it commences about 18 minutes into the Facebook post above. 



"... I don’t know, like I feel like sometimes people get annoyed if you
want to claim anything for yourself or want to say well actually something
is sacred umm... and then, and, but I’m not able to take it the other way
around. So if I went around saying well, the ANZACS were kinda rubbish,
you know like Gallipoli, what is that, I would get crucified. I mean look
at me, I’m a brown Muslim woman. Like imagine if I went around hating on
Gallipoli? People would die. I would, like, but... anything that is
deem... that I deem as sacred, is fair game.."

And a tremendous debt of gratitude to Seeker of Truth for pointing out the location and contents of that recording.

CBS correspondent needs a smack in the mouth after unconscionable Twitter posts on Manchester horror

A nail bomb at a kids concert.

19 known killed.

More than 50 wounded.

Horrific penetrating injuries.

And this.

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As people reacted, he offered this.

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And this is the - ahem - man.

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These are the people he's so callously writing about.

He's since apologised for the offence saying he "didn't realise the magnitude of the tragedy".

He's got form for being a dickhead.


And as of now he's still listed as a correspondence with CBS Boston.

Not for long I hope.

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Abdel-Magied whinges she was "treated unfairly" over Anzac post. Let's take a look at that treatment.......

This young woman is a walking disaster area.

Hidden in the last paragraph of The Australian's story below is this new little gem.

Who is anyone to tell me what it means to be Australian?,” she said. “The only people that have the rights to this land are indigenous people. So if it’s an indigenous person saying to me ‘girl, take a step back’ then I will listen to that.

The only people that have the rights to this land are indigenous?

She'll only listen to indigenes giving her advice?

God help us that Julie Bishop continues to have confidence in this woman advising the government.


‘I was treated unfairly over Anzac post’

Yassmin Abdel-Magied speaks to schoolchildren at a Sydney Writers Festival workshop yesterday. Picture: Chris Pavlich
Muslim activist Yassmin Abdel-Magied has told 60 school students at a Sydney Writers Festival workshop she was treated unfairly over her controversial Anzac Day Facebook post.

“I posted an apology very quickly afterwards, but one of our senior cabinet members said ‘Well Yassmin is un-Australian for saying this’,” Abdel-Magied told the group of Year 9 students from Dapto High School.

“Then somebody asked well, another dude wrote a whole article about how Anzac Day is problematic, what do you think about that? And the same person who just criticised me as unAustralian said ‘Well he’s allowed to say what he thinks’. Why is he allowed to say what he thinks and I’m not — I don’t know.”

It was not clear to whom she was referring.

“Who is anyone to tell me what it means to be Australian?,” she said. “The only people that have the rights to this land are indigenous people. So if it’s an indigenous person saying to me ‘girl, take a step back’ then I will listen to that. But ... I’m an Australian citizen and, unless we get to the point where I get deported for mis­demeanours, then I’m going to say what I want and you just have to walk away.”


Treated unfairly hey.

8 May 2017

Abdel-Magied stays on government boards - Bishop advises Abetz "concerns" removing her might inflame Muslim tensions

Officials were concerned that removing her from the board could ignite further social and ethnic divisions at a time when intelligence agencies were stressing the need to engage with the Muslim community.

Ms Bishops was convinced that no good would be served by Ms Abdel Magied's removal and that instead she would be “mentored”.

27 April 2017

Julie Bishop to carefully consider call to sack Abdel Magied

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25 April 2017 

Anzac Insult Muslim Abdel-Magied WAS ON THE GOVT's ANZAC Centenary working group 

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February 16 2017

Bishop's DFAT paid for QandA celebrity Muslim Yasmin Magied's Islamic book promotion tour

Read the full story at The Australian - and please leave a comment for Caroline Overington to congratulate her on her great work in bringing you this story.

Yassmin Abdel-Magied visits a university in Sudan during her speaking tour in November last year.
Yassmin Abdel-Magied visits a university in Sudan during her speaking tour in November last year.
Waleed Aly and his wife Susan Carland, Malcolm Turnbull and Yassmin Abdel-Magied at an Iftar dinner celebrating Ramadan at Kirribilli House last year.
Waleed Aly and his wife Susan Carland, Malcolm Turnbull and Yassmin Abdel-Magied at an Iftar dinner celebrating Ramadan at Kirribilli House last year.
Countries visited during Ms Abdel-Magied’s trip.
Countries visited during Ms Abdel-Magied’s trip.

Yassmin Magied - "I have excitement at being the person who doesn't belong, I take the piss the most"



How has she been treated unfairly?

She's kept her gigs with the ABC.

Julie Bishop has kept her on government boards.

She's been given the services of a mentor.

Treated unfairly?

Explosion at Manchester Arena concert - Police confirm 19 dead, 50 wounded in terrorist attack


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DFAT's humungous global social media network - and the Left's pet issues it promotes

Thanks to Seeker of Truth for the tip on this.
Below is a list of the official social media accounts operated by DFAT and Australia's diplomatic stations and embassies overseas.
It's gobsmacking in its size and the complexity and thus the time that must go into managing it.
It's also an insight into how our public face and policy positions have shifted - and why.
Social media - Twitter in particular - is the domain of the Left.
Leftist causes are cheered.  Conservatism is derided.
Anyone looking for positive feedback on Twitter will find it in promoting the causes of the Left.
It's like Pavlov and his dogs - but for DFAT it's not just a central few people who are exposed to the classical conditioning of Twitter - it's every single overseas and domestic post and and then at multiple levels within them.
There wouldn't be too many Australian homes over the past couple of months which celebrated Harmony Day, International Women's Day, Commission on the Status of Women, Diversity and the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia.
But that's what all our posts are required to promote as a reflection of our country's priorities.
Here's a sample of the "issues" promoted over the past couple of months at an embassy I chose at random, Brasil.
Coming from a conservative government, these are strange days indeed.   Who is working for whom?
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PS - Update from Seeker of Truth

DFAT recruitment document for position of Public Affairs and Communication Officer in our Embassy in Brazil including this key responsibility -

"in conjunction with the Second/Third Secretary, Education Counsellor and Public Diplomacy Branch develop and regularly update social media engagement and growth strategies for the Embassy’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts and liaise with Austrade on the strategy for their LinkedIn platform. Engage with other Embassies in Brasilia on best practice and coordinated campaigns. Monitor progress and prepare reports on digital by default wins for distribution throughout the DFAT network."

Salary - BRL 5,795.00 gross salary per month.

Five people are responsible for social media at this embassy being the Public Affairs & Communication Officer, the Second/Third Secretary, Education Counsellor and Public Diplomacy Branch.

Plus the Ambassador himself!


Click on one or two at random and let me know what you think about what you see.
 Social media stream: live updates from DFAT's social media accounts across our global network.

Social media accounts managed by DFAT in Canberra, Australia


DFAT Blog established 5 December 2016






Social media accounts managed by DFAT state and territory offices

Social media accounts managed by Australian embassies, high commissions and consulates overseas

Afghanistan: Australian Embassy, Kabul

African Union: See Australian Embassy, Ethiopia

Andorra and Equatorial Guinea: See Australian Embassy, Madrid, Spain

Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay: Australian Embassy, Buenos Aires

Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN): Australian Mission to ASEAN, Jakarta

Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Hungary, Kosovo, Slovakia, Slovenia and International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe OSCE

Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey: See Australian Embassy, Ankara

Bangladesh: Australian High Commission, Dhaka

Belgium, Luxembourg, EU and NATO: Australian Embassy, Brussels

Bosnia and Herzegovina: See Australian Embassy, Vienna, Austria

Brazil: Australian Embassy, Brasilia

Brunei Darussalam: Australian High Commission, Bandar Seri Begawan

Cambodia: Australian Embassy, Phnom Penh

Canada: Australian High Commission, Ottawa

Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela: Australian Embassy, Santiago de Chile

China: Australian Embassy, Beijing

China: Australian Consulate-General, Chengdu

China: Australian Consulate-General, Guangzhou

Croatia: Australian Embassy, Zagreb

Cyprus: Australian High Commission, Nicosia

Denmark, Norway and Iceland: Australian Embassy, Denmark

Egypt: Australian Embassy, Cairo

Ethiopia, Djibouti and African Union: Australian Embassy, Addis Ababa

Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of Palau, Republic of the Marshall Islands, United States Territory of Guam and Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands: Australian Embassy, Pohnpei

Fiji: Australian High Commission, Suva

France: Australian Embassy, Paris

French Polynesia: See Australian Embassy, Noumea, New Caledonia

Georgia, Azerbaijan and Turkey: See Australian Embassy, Ankara

Germany: Australian Embassy, Berlin

Ghana, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo: Australian High Commission, Ghana

Greece: Australian Embassy, Athens

Hong Kong: Australian Consulate-General Hong Kong and Macau

Hungary: See Australian Embassy,Vienna, Austria

Iceland and Norway: See Australian Embassy, Denmark

India: Australian High Commission, New Delhi

India: Australian Consulate-General, Chennai

India: Australian Consulate-General Mumbai

Indonesia: Australian Embassy, Jakarta

Indonesia: Australian Consulate-General, Bali

Indonesia: Australian Consulate-General, Makassar

Indonesia ASEAN: See Australian Mission to ASEAN, Jakarta

Iran: Australian Embassy, Tehran

Iraq: Australian Embassy, Baghdad

Ireland: Australian Embassy, Dublin

Israel: Australian Embassy, Tel Aviv

Italy: Australian Embassy, Rome

Japan: Australian Embassy, Tokyo

Jordan: Australian Embassy, Amman

Kenya (Burundi, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda, East African Community (EAC), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat)): Australian High Commission, Kenya

Republic of Korea: Australian Embassy, Seoul

Kosovo: See Australian Embassy,Vienna, Austria

Kuwait: Australian Embassy, Kuwait

Laos: Australian Embassy, Vientiane

Lebanon: Australian Embassy, Beirut

Malaysia: Australian High Commission, Kuala Lumpur

Maldives: See Australian High Commission, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Malta: Australian High Commission, Malta

Mauritius, Seychelles, Madagascar and Comoros: Australian High Commission, Mauritius

Mexico, Central America, Cuba and the Dominican Republic: Australian Embassy, Mexico City

Mongolia: Australian Embassy, Ulaanbaatar

Myanmar: Australian Embassy, Yangon

Nepal: Australian Embassy, Kathmandu

New Zealand: Australian High Commission, Wellington

New Caledonia: Australian Consulate-General, Noumea

The Netherlands: Australian Embassy, Netherlands

Nigeria, Benin, Cameroon, Republic of Congo, Gabon, The Gambia and Niger: Australian High Commission, Abuja

Norway and Iceland: See Australian Embassy, Denmark

OECD: Australian Permanent Delegation to the OECD, Paris

Pakistan: Australian High Commission, Islamabad

Palestinian Authority: Australian Representative Office, Ramallah

Papua New Guinea: Australian High Commission, Port Moresby

Peru and Bolivia: Australian Embassy, Lima

The Philippines: Australian Embassy, Manila

Poland, Czech Republic and Lithuania: Australian Embassy, Warsaw

Portugal: Australian Embassy, Lisbon

Qatar: Australian Embassy, Doha

Russia: Australian Embassy, Moscow

Samoa: Australian High Commission, Apia

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Oman and Yemen: Australian Embassy, Riyadh

Serbia, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Montenegro: Australian Embassy, Belgrade

Singapore: Australian High Commission, Singapore

Slovakia: See Australian Embassy,Vienna, Austria

Slovenia: See Australian Embassy,Vienna, Austria

Solomon Islands: Australian High Commission, Honiara

South Africa: Australian High Commission, Pretoria

Spain: Australian Embassy, Madrid

Sri Lanka: Australian High Commission, Colombo

Sweden: Australian Embassy, Stockholm

Taiwan: Australian Office in Taipei

Thailand: Australian Embassy, Bangkok

Timor-Leste: Australian Embassy, Dili

Tonga: Australian High Commission, Nuku' Alofa

Trinidad and Tobago, Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, St Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname: Australian High Commission, Trinidad and Tobago

Turkey, Azerbaijan and Georgia: Australian Embassy, Ankara

Turkey: Australian Consulate-General, Canakkale

Tunisia: See Australian High Commission, Malta

Ukraine: Australian Embassy, Kyiv

United Arab Emirates and Qatar: Australian Embassy, Abu Dhabi

United Kingdom: Australian High Commission, London

United Nations: Australian Mission to the UN, Geneva

United Nations: Australian Mission to the UN, New York

UNESCO: Australian Ambassador to UNESCO

USA: Australian Embassy, United States of America

USA: Australian Consulate-General, Los Angeles

USA: Australian Consulate-General, Honolulu

USA: Australian Consulate-General, New York

Vanuatu: Australian High Commission, Port Vila

Vietnam: Australian Embassy, Hanoi

Wallis and Futuna: See Australian Embassy, Noumea, New Caledonia

Zimbabwe, Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia and Malawi: Australian Embassy, Harare

Dr Waleed Aly - 'Towards a structuration theory of global terrorism'



Waleed Aly

Monash University academic, writer, lawyer, and broadcaster, Waleed Aly, has received his PhD at a graduation ceremony at Monash.

Waleed is a politics lecturer at the Monash School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, and working primarily within the Global Terrorism Research Centre (GTReC).

He has completed a PhD on global terrorism, with the paper titled 'Towards a structuration theory of global terrorism'.

Waleed said finishing the degree was one of his greatest achievements.

“It has been a huge undertaking, but at the same time very important to me to finish. There is huge value in the advancement of knowledge and exploration of ideas both on an individual level and to society as a whole.”

"I’m delighted to receive my PhD and to become an alumnus of Australia's largest university," he said.

A Walkley Award-winning journalist, Waleed is a co-host of Network Ten’s The Project and Radio National’s The Minefield.

In 2016, he won the Gold Logie Award for Best Personality on Australian Television.

Waleed’s social and political commentary has resulted in an award winning book and he appears in newspapers such as The Guardian, The Australian, The Sunday Times of India, The Australian Financial Review, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.