Terrorism…coming to a country nearby real soon

We should be concerned. If only politicians treated terrorism as seriously as climate change.

The Islamic State has issued a vicious and detailed call to “lone wolf” followers to stab, shoot, poison and run over Australians at iconic attractions including Bondi Beach and the MCG.

The latest exhortation from the terrorist group follows the death in Syria of convicted Australian terrorist Ezzit Raad, who was jailed in connection with the 2005 plot to blow up the MCG and features as the latest jihadist poster boy in a new?magazine.

In its first edition of Rumiyah?published overnight, the?terrorist group?calls for lone wolf attacks in Australia in a manner of detail not seen before in the group’s publications.

“Light the ground beneath them aflame and scorch them with terror,” it states, painting the attacks as the way to avenge the death of Raad.

“Kill them on the streets of Brunswick, Broadmeadows, Bankstown, and Bondi. Kill them at the MCG, the SCG, the Opera House, and even in their backyards.

“Stab them, shoot them, poison them, and run them down with your vehicles. Kill them wherever you find them until the hollowness of their arrogance is filled with terror and they find themselves on their knees with their backs broken under the weight of regret for having waged a war against the believers, and by Allah’s will, and then through your sacrifices, this Ummah will be victorious.”

Many experts and government officials have warned that as IS loses territory in Iraq and Syria, it will lash out globally through attacks on western countries.

So it is little wonder then that a terrorism expert is telling us that it is only a matter of time before the problem hits our shores:

Radical Islam will come to New Zealand “soon enough” and New Zealand should prepare for its arrival, a terrorism expert has warned.

Professor Greg Barton of Deakin University, one of Australia’s leading scholars on terrorism and violent extremism, said it was inevitable that Islamic State recruitment would reach New Zealand.

The organisation was spreading rapidly throughout the world through social networks and was causing serious problems in Australia.

“It hasn’t had a big impact in New Zealand thus far but it has had a big impact in Australia for reasons we’re not quite yet sure of.”

While?radicalised?Muslims represented only a fraction of Australian Muslims, they were connected through cells and had proven very effective.

Barton was in Auckland speaking at the Massey University Centre for Defence and Security Studies National Conference, which also featured speakers on cyber security and rising tensions in the South China Sea.

We really need to be making sure that we are preventing these sorts of nutters from migrating here. The tyranny of distance can only protect us for so long.

If only the useful idiots out there calling for tolerance would wake up.


– SMH, Fairfax