I ACCUSE Australia‚Äôs political class of a crime. Of wilfully ¬≠endangering the safety of ¬≠Australians.
These men were allegedly associates of Numan Haider, an Afghan refugee and Islamic State supporter who last year stabbed two Victorian policemen before being shot dead.
Police have been typically coy about identifying exactly which ‚Äúcommunity‚ÄĚ the five were from, refusing in two press conferences on Saturday to even mention the words ‚ÄúIslam‚ÄĚ or ‚ÄúMuslim‚ÄĚ.
But their use of the word ‚Äúcommunity‚ÄĚ made clear they meant something other than the Australian one.
The fact is we have imported people from ‚Äúcommunities‚ÄĚ so at odds with our own that a minority of members has declared war on our institutions, our police and even ‚ÄĒ allegedly ‚ÄĒ Anzac Day, the most potent symbol of our nationhood.
We are going to have the same problem here in New Zealand, with years of the Clark administration pandering to Islamic refugees.
[T]he hard facts remain. Of the 21 Australians jailed for terrorism offences so far this century, all were Muslim. Most were born overseas. Most of the rest are children of immigrants from Muslim countries.
Add the following: some 150 Australian Muslims have enlisted with barbaric terrorist groups of the Middle East, ¬≠notably Islamic State.
Another 100 Australians thought likely to join them have had their passports confiscated, and some 200 have been pulled off planes.
Meanwhile ASIO is investigating 400 other cases involving Islamist threats.
This is an astonishing harvest of danger from a Muslim community here of fewer than 500,000 people.
Compare: we have more than 400,000 Buddhists, yet not one Buddhist has been convicted here of terrorism ¬≠offences or shot a hostage in a Sydney cafe in the name of their faith.
There is undeniably something different about Islam, or at least the way many interpret it.
New Zealand needs to halt Islamic immigration, and possibly seek to reverse it.
So who is to blame for this problem in Australia? Bolt blames liberal elites.
[W]ith the dangers now so obvious, it‚Äôs time to call out those who so blindly exposed us to them.
There is Malcolm Fraser, the Liberal prime minister who ignored official warnings in 1976 that many refugees he was taking in from the Lebanese civil war were unskilled, illiterate and ‚Äúof questionable character‚Äô‚Äô, meaning ‚Äė‚Äôthe conflicts, tensions and divisions within Lebanon will be transferred to Australia‚Äô‚Äô. Too true.
There‚Äôs Paul Keating, who, before becoming another high-immigration prime minister, overturned the Hawke government‚Äôs decision to deny permanent residency to Grand Mufti Taj Din al-Hilali, a hate preacher who went on to call the September 11 terror attacks¬†‚ÄúGod‚Äôs work against oppressors‚ÄĚ.
There‚Äôs Kevin Rudd, who as prime minister scrapped our tough border laws, opening the doors to 50,000 illegal boat people.
There is Rudd again, who, when warned by Liberal MP Wilson Tuckey that among the many peaceful boat people could be a terrorist or two, damned Tuckey to media applause for ‚Äúdivisive and disgusting remarks‚ÄĚ.
There‚Äôs current Labor leader Bill Shorten, who still opposes the Abbott Government‚Äôs successful border policies and last year suggested we repeat Fraser‚Äôs mistake in response to wars in Iraq and Syria: ‚ÄúPerhaps it‚Äôs time to discuss do we take more refugees from these countries.‚ÄĚ
And there‚Äôs even Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Yes, Abbott has stopped the boats, but even he still pandered to radical Muslim ‚Äúrepresentatives‚ÄĚ he should have shunned, for instance consulting the Islamic Friendship Association‚Äôs Keysar Trad, described by the NSW Supreme Court as a ‚Äúdangerous and disgraceful individual‚ÄĚ who ‚Äúincites people to commit acts of violence‚ÄĚ.
Even Abbott cops it. And then the media…
Disturbingly, much of the media has gone alone with this great denial.
SBS notoriously refused to screen video it shot just days before the September 11 ¬≠attacks which showed our Mufti Hilali praising suicide bombers as ‚Äúheroes‚ÄĚ.
And ‚Äúhuman rights‚ÄĚ lawyer and writer Julian Burnside this year claimed ‚Äúthe Islamophobia stirred up by Abbott and Bolt is a bigger threat to us than terrorism‚ÄĚ.
This denial most stop.
Our refugee intake must be stricter, taking fewer people from cultures likely to clash with our own.
And we must be slower to shut down debates with screams of ‚Äúracist‚ÄĚ.
If you fear racists, then fear the ugly fallout if police one day fail to stop an Anzac Day plot by people that more prudent politicians would have kept out.
Our politicians are pretty squeamish, they need to remember that they are there to represent us, not pander to offshore moaners.
– Andrew Bolt, Herald Sun