NZ Muslims are terrified of an anti-Muslim backlash if New Zealand sends the SAS to deal with ISIS, but perhaps not the way you think.
Speaking to Radio New Zealand, Wellington’s Kilbirnie mosque’s Secretary of the International Muslim Association of New Zealand, Tahir Nawaz, says supporting the fight in Iraq would be a bad idea.
“We are a very good community here, we are very co-operative,” Mr Nawaz said.
“Once New Zealand troops are sent there, our public attitude could change. At the end of the day there would be people living here whose roots are in the countries where New Zealand would send the troops.”
That reads as much as a warning as it does a threat. Â A promise? Â Or just the reality of allowing Muslim immigrants to settle here.