What’s sad is not that we had a task force of four reduced to zero, but that it is the only such force in Australia with the scope to cover white supremacist threats. You know, those people who would be called terrorists if they were ‘non-white’ or had beards like Arabs.
What is it with with the thinking that terrorists and Al-Qaeda are synonymous? I worked in London in the 70’s, during the ‘unrest’ (typical British understatement of Irish nutters planting bombs around town). There was that heightened vigilance, and it could be that girl or bloke right next to you. Everyone was suspect. Bombing became so commonplace that it was like Lotto.. Sure someone might get it today, but not me, right?
it could be that girl or bloke right next to you.
Everyone was suspect
So what’s different here? Now? What changed? Well now we have suicide bombers (getting stale, really), drivers running amok (still newsworthy) and shooters (great media grabs). And scapegoats. Mustn’t forget the scapegoats to unify the mobs and direct the anger they have at being shat upon to an external threat. Real or imagined (or manufactured).
I’m not saying that there aren’t radicalised or disaffected Muslims buying the same sort of crap the right wing propadanda machine puts out here, but spin-doctored to empower their leadership. Of course there are. But by turning a blind eye to our home-grown (white) terrorists we give them a nice bone to pick and chew on. And now we have just one person in NSW working on that?
OK, likely ABC has it out of context and.. well, I don’t know what, but something, right? Still…
I don’t know the answer, and confronting radicalised whites is pretty unnerving. Pointless too, as there’s little causation to their logic and as much sense to be achieved as through a conversation between Mormons and Jehovas Witnesses (nice people, by the way).
So what do we do? What you do is up to you, but it’s on you if you abdicate standing up for decency and stay silent when shit like that is aired. Because if you do, then you have acquiesced them the power. You have passively agreed to their doctrine and when someone you know gets mugged by someone like them, juzt for being in the wrong place at the wrong time, that’s on you too.
You don’t have to get in their face, or even try to reason with them, if the mood is uncertain. But you can vote with your feet, and walk out from there. Anyway. It’s just sad, is all. How we accept ‘a certain amount’ of racist, white supremacist behaviour without even a blink of an eye.
What’s with that, anyway?