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Jihad and ‘Backlash’ Baloney

Dec 17, 2014

By now all of you would have heard at least a thousand times from our dhimmi media about the Twitter hashtag of #Iwillridewithyou. Every other minute the media dunces remind us of this campaign, supposedly to help assuage the fears of panicked Muslims who are evidently already packing their bags to ship out of Australia to avoid the daily lynchings, firebombings, and burning crescents by enraged whities.

lindt 12At any moment millions of demonised Australians are supposed to launch an all-out assault on the poor beleaguered Muslim community. Evil Aussies will any second now unleash WWIII on all these innocent Muslims. At least that is how the leftist media narrative goes.

Thus all the mass hallucinations with the Twitter campaign. But as Chris Kenny says about it: “Nice thought. Except it was an empty response to an imaginary problem.” He continues:

And in the real world, at that time, innocent lives were in the balance. This was political correctness on steroids as people distanced themselves from a possible Islamophobic backlash to an act of Islamist violence still unfolding. We understand the lurch for an empathetic embrace but it ignored and demeaned the harsh reality.
No doubt across the nation most people would have been preoccupied with the fate of the hostages. But while social media is self-selecting and introspective, it also plays strongly into mainstream media. So we saw a grotesque turning away from the horrific plight of innocent people in real peril to focus on empathy for Muslims in our midst who faced no threat.

He continues:

The Martin Place siege was a callous and life-threatening episode, and focusing on possible future personal abuse on public transport seemed a trite miscalculation. There would be time enough to deal with consequences — afterwards. And the suggestion that mainstream Australians would indulge in an Islamophobic backlash smacked of leftist self-loathing — with the awful implication that the heinous actions of a gunman were somehow linked to our bigotry.
Worse still, this melds into the narrative of Muslim victimhood. Islamist terrorists rely on such grievances; the woes of the Muslim world are blamed on the West and violence justified as a response to persecution (even when the ultimate aim is Islamic supremacy through a caliphate). In this respect (and clearly not deliberately) a social media campaign aimed at harmony echoed the Muslim victimhood claims being made in Martin Place.
In a security and ideological struggle set to last many decades, such arguments matter. When extremists target us because of our values, we ought to stand up for them rather than demean ourselves.
In this country, Muslims are not victims. By and large, our fellow citizens are inclusive and tolerant.
And while, sadly, every society sees individuals and incidents of prejudice, few nations can match our plurality and harmony. We saw this unfold in Melbourne yesterday when a Muslim woman was heckled on a train but, of course, was defended by her fellow Australians. No hashtag required. We should talk up our robust tolerance, not undermine it.

Expert on Islam Robert Spencer put it this way:

An hour and a half ago I wrote this: “There will also be a heavy barrage of ‘backlash’ stories — indeed, they have already begun.” And a bit before that: “The pattern never changes: in the wake of a jihad terror attack or plot, Muslims in the West do not do what they should do: redouble their efforts against jihadis in their own communities, and their cooperation with law enforcement officials. Instead, they claim that they are being victimized by a ‘backlash’ and try to seize the spotlight as victims.”
The mainstream media aids and abets this. Reuters here has nothing at all: two protests that didn’t happen, a hearsay report of a woman who was spat upon, and one man saying (quite correctly) that “there is no moderate Islam.” Where are the Reuters stories about what Muslims are doing to teach against the beliefs and attitudes that give rise to so much violence committed in the name of Islam and — according to those who perpetrate it — in accord with its teachings? Where are the Reuters stories about what Muslims are doing to reassure Infidels, instead of the other way around, in the wake of yet another jihad attack? Yes, the Muslims in Australia condemn this attack. Very well. What are they doing to prevent Muslims from reading Qur’an 47:4 as a justification for taking hostages? What are they doing to reform Islamic teachings so that no violence is ever done in accord with those teachings?
And the answer is nothing, except to shine a spotlight on themselves and proclaim, We are the real victims. No innocent person, Muslim or non-Muslim, should ever be attacked or brutalized or spat upon, etc. But this Reuters report is grotesque: a Muslim, acting explicitly in the name of Islam, just held a group of non-Muslims hostage for hours, terrorizing them, and at least one other person besides him is now dead because of his actions. Instead of writing about what the Muslim community can and should be doing to prevent this, we get yet another in an endless parade of backlash stories — with the intended effect of deflecting scrutiny away from the really important questions. After all, if saying “there is no moderate Islam” is a sign of a backlash, there can never be the needed public discussion about whether or not there really is a moderate Islam, and what should be done to deal realistically with the jihad threat.

I for one have had just about all I can take of the constant media mantra about fears of a backlash against Muslims whenever they are going about their daily duty of massacring the infidels. Enough already. Columnist Mark Steyn also speaks to this:

Usually the Muslims-fear-backlash crowd at least waits till the terrorist atrocity is over. In this case the desiccated multiculti saps launched the #I’llRideWithYou campaign even as the siege was still ongoing – while Katrina Dawson and Tori Johnson were still alive. Muslims are not the victims here. Ms Dawson and Mr Johnson are the victims.
And yet the urge to usher Muslims into the victim chair and massage their tender sensibilities is now so reflexive the narcissists on Twitter don’t even have the good taste to wait till the siege is over and the corpse count is known. Far from a restoration of faith in humanity, it’s a glimpse of how advanced the sickness is. For good measure, Bill Shorten, Leader of the Opposition, threw in the usual smug moral preening: “Australians tonight doing what we do best – uniting to overcome intolerance and hate #illridewithyou”.

He finishes by quoting Laura Rosen Cohen who says:

It’s ALWAYS ABOUT THEM. Muslim terrorist holds people hostage in cafe, entire world worries about imaginary “backlash” against Muslims. I’m sorry, I’m a little more concerned about the hostages. Screw the imaginary backlash and all its pedlars.

Yes absolutely. Instead of the dopey #Iwillridewithyou[Muslims], I much rather prefer, #Iwillridewithyouhostages.

www.theaustralian.com.au/opinion/columnists/hashtag-for-an-imaginary-backlash/story-fn8qlm5e-1227158594514
www.jihadwatch.org/2014/12/australian-muslims-say-they-fear-sydney-jihad-hostage-crisis-backlash
www.steynonline.com/6711/i-wish-that-bird-would-fly-away

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30 Responses to Jihad and ‘Backlash’ Baloney

  • Great post Bill seems someone made a hash of the hashtag #illridewithyou read to me when I first saw it and have seen it again without comma and also without abbreviation so this hashtag read ILLRIDEWITHME an ILL ride ILL conceived ILL promoted as yes focus should have been on hostages an a hostage hashtag as a focus for people on Twitt..er

  • In the meantime another Muslim organisation, the Taliban, slaughter 130 school children in Pakistan. Nothing to see here; move along.

  • Jesus is exceptionally rare. He is the healer of souls. Muslims who have accepted Him know that there is no such thing as infidel and Ummah.
    Those in the West who forget how the Trojan horse destroyed Troy should Google Muslim’s who have chosen Jesus over terror.

  • Thnaks Bill,
    LIke you I am fed up to the back teeth with all this anti-Muslim backlash fear, and Muslims-are-the-victims claptrap.
    If there is a backlash needed (but I’m not of course encouraging violence) it is against the MSM, the talk-hosts, the journos with their pretentious non-wisdom and non-reporting. Give the talkback hosts and shock jocks a grilling! Tell them we are tired of their sanctimonious platitudes, their mendacity in reporting (i.e. what they say, what they don’t say, and the way they say it), their appeasement of and refusal to tell the facts about Islam – both its past and its present, their reversals of justice whereby victims are somehow blamed while perpetrators are molly-coddled, and their overall multicultural mush.

    To take up the point about reporting: the ABC this morning gave as their lead headline the massacre of children (100+) at a school in Pakistan. On and on it went, with heart-rending stories of the perpetrators’ callous and murderous brutality. It was indeed deplorable, and all those children shot in one classroom after another. Yet there have been many such outrages against Christian schools in Pakistan, also against churches, Christians in the streets and even in their homes, but where have been the long and lachrymose reports about these incidents? No, because this time it was a Muslim school it gets the coverage. But Christians? Who gives a toss about them? That’s the attitude in our PC media.

  • Yes, Bill, you are totally correct. We are really between a rock and a hard place. The alternative to “Ill ride with you” would have been fuel to the fire .

  • I wrote a comment on the SMH story where a woman who runs the islamaphobia register bewails the backlash that may happen, askinmg why there is no sympathy for the victims?www.smh.com.au/comment/sydney-siege-why-my-heart-sank-when-i-saw-an-islamic-flag-20141216-128gsx.html Of course it was rejected.

  • I thought Chris Kenny’s article was spot on. Well written as usual and saying what I and others have said for ages. It is also a credit to the Australian that they published it.
    I was a bit surprised that he actually misunderstands what multiculturalism is all about. Multi ethnic, multi racial yes but no no no to multiculturalism. Islam hides behind the protection of Multiculturalism.

  • One must but Wonder at how effectively Muslims play the Victims when they are in fact the Perpetrators. If they want to Play the Victims then then they must Unitedly and in strongest Terms and Condemn the Ideology and Philosophy of Jihad by turfing the bad Apples out of the Barrel until not one is left to taint the whole Barrel.

    Leigh D Stebbins

  • I wonder if they realise they are giving the game away with all this Islamic protection, for the following reason:

    If islam had absolutely nothing to do with this, then why do muslims need protection.

    If muslims need protection, how can they say this had nothing to do with islam.
    _____
    Did Catholics get protection during or after the sexual abuse inquest? Didn’t think so.

    158 or so people have been beheaded in Saudi Arabia this year. Does this have nothing to do with islam as well?

    iran has hung over 200 gays this year, does this have nothing to do with islam as well?

    The Taliban just murdered 130 school children, does this have nothing to do with islam?
    _____

    Lefty rule of thumb, if it is in your country, it has absolutely nothing to do with islam, if it is in a different country, you are allowed to point out it was done by muslims.
    Got it now?
    ____

    Until the muslim community are forced to face this situation internally, this will continue to happen. Stop covering for them, point out the facts (yes I know the left does not believe in facts, just emotions that they agree with).

  • How can the West have good relations with people who believe this:

    Hatred for the sake of Allah and love for the sake of Allah is called Al Walaa wa al Baraa, a fundamental principle of Islamic ethics and Sharia. A Muslim is to hate what Allah hates and love what Allah loves. Allah hates the Kafir, therefore, a Muslim is to act accordingly.

    There’s no respect there. There is hatred.

  • They expect backlash because they promote backlash against anything they don’t like….

  • I hope this is not off topic, but since Boris Johnson became the mayor of London, Muslims now dominate London with their money and culture. Boris’ own great grandfather was a Muslim from Turkey. The Shard that towers above the London landscape is built with Qatari finance.
    Johnson ran a two part TV series on BBC2 called. “After Rome, Holy War and Conquest.” Essentially he is wanting a one world religion, based upon Pax Romana and religious syncretism.

    He finished the series by saying,

    “What feels now like the Clash of Civilisations will turn out to have been the birth pangs of a single, tolerant, global civilisation of which we saw the first inklings, however imperfect, in the unity of the ancient Mediterranean world and medieval Cordoba.”

    He fails to mention that the leaders of Cordoba were Abd-ar-Rahman and his son, Al-Hakam III, who not only martyred Christians but were raving homosexuals who kept male harems.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TsIuXo0-sks

    David Skinner UK

  • My heart just went out to the family of a mother of three – the barrister and the cafe manager. Our government needs people who are law-abiding coming to our beloved nation to live, not the terrorists who impose their sharia law, hate our ways of life and destroy Australian lives mercilessly. Christ is right saying, “The thief approaches with malicious intent, looking to steal, slaughter, and destroy; I came to give life with joy and abundance.” Christ said, “People who live by the sword die by the sword.” May God protect our peaceful country from the power of the enemy within and without!

  • The ”Boycott Halal in Australia” Facebook page yesterday had a story about the possibility of the wife of the Halal Certification authority boss being at the Lindt cafe minutes before the attack happened…If true, what was she doing there? Buying chocolates for her Jewish and Christian friends? …I think not!
    See this page – a few stories down now…
    www.facebook.com/BH.Australia

  • Joseph Stalin who reinforced his iron-fisted grip on the Soviet Union by insisting that his Communist state was the victim of a deliberate conspiracy of encirclement by the Capitalist countries of the world. Hitler used the spectre of a Zionist conspiracy he called “the Jewish Question” to deflect attention from his own Nazi movement’s litany of violence and wickedness.

    Promoting a perceived external threat as part of the propaganda of a nation or a particular cultural group is a great way of making that group unite – even despite their long-standing, and at times, violent internal quarrels.

    Pakistan was created as a country for the Muslims of Britain’s imperial Indian dominion. It was born amid the bloodshed and communal violence of the Partition of India. Now it teeters on the edge of that abyss we euphemistically call a “failed state”.

  • And how they avoid Islam coming under scrutiny as to whether its teachings promote violence and hatred or not, attacks by Muslims are now filed under “Islamism”, so it is the perpetrators deranged interpretation of Islam, not Islam itself that is perceived as the problem.
    And yes, the “fear of retaliation on Muslims” brigade was out in force while the hostages were still held at gunpoint and should have been the real focus of compassion and attention.

    Many blessings
    Ursula Bennett

  • It seems I am responsible for the Martin Place hostage situation. I am a infidel, a dhimmie who has not paid the jizyah tax as proof of my subjection and submission to the caliphate. I do not buy halal certified products, I refuse to pay the Muslim food tax and fund the Islamic State. I resist the Islamisation of Australia and sharia law. I am a Islamophobe and branded a racist. My attitude towards the religion of peace has made Muslims into vile, brutal, murderous, evil people. I should apologise to all Muslims for what I have done to them, they are the true victims here.

  • This tragedy has as its centre the loss of innocent lives which is the real issue – how was this man allowed to walk around free in our country let alone remain here. SO I agree with most of the comments and sentiments in this article BUT when Chris Kenny says “When extremists target us because of our values, we ought to stand up for them rather than demean ourselves” – he is missing one major fundamental point – that that is exactly what people were doing. Yes it was premature and thus a bit misguided, and yes the focus should have remained on praying and hoping for the hostages release, BUT people were standing up for our Australian value of not judging and “crucifying” the vast majority for the actions of a twisted, evil minority – not demeaning it. If we start behaving like “them” we might as well give up.

  • If Islam is a peaceful religion as claimed by our stupid media why is there so much of blood shed so prominently seen in Muslim dominated countries & is now cropping up worldwide in every Western country with incidents like we experienced in Sydney? Why is our Govt taking in people who do not want to get a job & live on our hard earned tax payers money when others who have come in thru a sponsorship program working visas & student visas have been restricted with their working hours (20hrs /wk) they or their family members can work only in that city & even though they make for very good citizens they are made to return to their country after their visa expires ( cannot apply for PR status) leaving employers without good trained staff & hence lower our returns & the country’s GST payments due to lower revenue returns for months after they leave? We need more trained employable people rather than blood suckers if we are to improve our deficit & avoid (cancer-type behavioral) people who have a mind set like that Iranian gunman that upset the peace & harmony of a city & country at large!

  • Australia like the rest of the Western World is under the judgement of God because it has gone chasing after other Gods.

    Deuteronomy 28 could not make it plainer.

    ’15 However, if you do not obey the Lord your God and do not carefully follow all his commands and decrees I am giving you today, all these curses will come on you and overtake you:…..
    33 A people that you do not know will eat what your land and labour produce, and you will have nothing but cruel oppression all your days. 34 The sights you see will drive you mad. ….36 The Lord will drive you and the king you set over you to a nation unknown to you or your ancestors. ….
    …43 The foreigners who reside among you will rise above you higher and higher, but you will sink lower and lower. 44 They will lend to you, but you will not lend to them. They will be the head, but you will be the tail.
    ……..49 The Lord will bring a nation against you from far away, from the ends of the earth, like an eagle swooping down, a nation whose language you will not understand, 50 a fierce-looking nation without respect for the old or pity for the young. ….. 62 You who were as numerous as the stars in the sky will be left but few in number, because you did not obey the Lord your God. 63 Just as it pleased the Lord to make you prosper and increase in number, so it will please him to ruin and destroy you. You will be uprooted from the land you are entering to possess…..
    There the Lord will give you an anxious mind, eyes weary with longing, and a despairing heart. 66 You will live in constant suspense, filled with dread both night and day, never sure of your life. 67 In the morning you will say, “If only it were evening!” and in the evening, “If only it were morning!”—because of the terror that will fill your hearts and the sights that your eyes will see.’

    One has to visit a city like Manchester, in the UK to see how both homosexuals and Muslims have taken over our city streets and its Chief Police Constable Sir Peter Fahy has become totally dimmified and sodhimmified.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TddiDjQ_Y10
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJkNrHzSBTM

    David Skinner UK

  • I agree fully with what you say…also, what about the children that have been left without a Mother…I was thinking about them today…what is their Christmas going to be like this year without their mum…same goes with Tori’s family…If they even celebrate Christmas this year…they have to deal with the empty seat at the table…Muslims aren’t victims…the two lost Australian souls are the victims along with their families…One thing that has been worrying me about the Gunman…he had a gun licence….Why??? was he not on bail for attempted murder of his wife or an accessory …why wasn;t his gun seized…Also, what did he do for a living…how did he make is money and when…?????

  • Finally someone out there sensible enough. I am 100% with you. This nation is too soft. I will like to see if an Australian committed such a horrible CRIME in Iran, would be any who ILLRIDEWITHME…I don’t think so. I am originally from another country but I AM AN AUSTRALIAN and I am hurt but what happened so I had enough of people coming to this beautiful country and destroy it. TERRORIST GET OUT OF HERE!

  • Dear Bill,

    The media here sickens me to the core. They anticipate an imagined backlash towards Muslims before it happens insulting the majority of decent Australians. Instead of encouraging people to pray without ceasing for the end of Islamic terrorism they prefer to stir up mass hysteria in Martin Place by blanket coverage of the siege. Even the NSW Premier makes political capital of the tragedy by publicly embracing a total stranger. In contrast they hardly mention the Taliban attack on schoolchildren in Pakistan and the latest Muslim attack in Nigeria. Our media is rubbish.

  • The role of the liberal media in defining current political perspectives is so incredibly powerful. As Israel has borne the brunt of it for so long, being demonized for defending itself against the same fanaticism and ethnocentricity the rest of the world now faces from Muslims. But for some reason, Hamas and those who elected them to power in Gaza are not viewed as responsible for their heinous acts. Somehow they are victimized as well. The world needs to realize that these are all one and the same enemy and we need to unite together against their hatred to ensure freedom and safety for the entire world.

  • Thank you Bill for such a thoughtful and honest article. Like so many other people, I believe that this is a deliberate tactic of our left- leaning media to paint us all as anti-Islamic bigots.. I despair of them ever looking honestly at such a situation. Whether they like it or not, there are two different kinds of Muslim. I know this from personal experience. For years we had Muslim neighbours who arrived from Fiji with nothing but their suitcases. We lent them our garden furniture so that they had something to sit and eat from. We attended their daughter’s wedding, and kept in contact long after they moved away. The other example was of a man who moved into an empty shop in our suburb and set up a fruit stall. I decided to give him some custom, went in and tried to make friendly conversation. He picked out the apples for me, not even allowing me to touch them. When I paid for them, he tossed the bag over the counter not even looking at me. I don’t know if my friendliness was thought to be a woman trying to seduce him, but his surly attitude meant that I never again gave him any custom. There is no Islamophobia in me but the two different kinds of Muslim attitudes have made me wary.

  • Yes there are problems in Islam and we should not let our fear of appearing “Islamaphobic”, deter us from addressing these issues.
    But it seems you are completely underestimating those uneducated/ignorant people who exist out there. Spend a day in Wollongong/Central Coast and you will notice a complete lack of multicultural diversity. I have family in these areas and it’s not a coincidence that they have developed racist attitudes.
    Only two days ago, while catching a train to Gosford to visit family, I encountered the exact scenario you have so carelessly described as ‘imaginary’ and ‘baloney’. A muslim girl on a train was being harassed by 2 young white males, as they brought up the Sydney Siege. I told them to stop and sat in between them and the girl. After a short exchange of words, they left the carriage. A few stops later police happened to get on during a patrol. I told them about the events and pointed out the direction of the males. A few minutes later they returned, and making sure not to alarm the muslim girl, pulled me aside and said they found a knife on one of the men and to be careful in future about getting involved with these kinds of people.

    I think it’s completely irresponsible of you to have suggested backlash is ‘baloney’. It’s common sense that ignorant and misguided individuals WILL lash back at whoever they feel deserves it. Think before you type up an article and consider the reality of tense situations.

  • Thanks Varie (your real name – as my rules require?). But let me call your bluff here. Not only have I nowhere said that there are zero cases of the occasional backlash – of course there will always be some – but you offer just that: one, isolated case. Now when the progressives talk about folks like Monis, they insist that this is just one lone wolf and just an isolated case, not at all representative of the Muslim community. Yet when we have a single case like this of a “backlash”, the lefties are quite happy to suggest that this is the norm – that it is happening everywhere all the time. That is baloney, just as I rightly said.

    The truth is, Australians are among the most tolerant, accepting and non-violent folks around. You obviously are quite clueless about the recent test case on this for example: others will recall the video of a person pretending to harass a Muslim woman. Every Aussie filmed rushed to her defence. So is Australia full of haters ready to engage in a mass backlash against Muslims? Not at all. As I said, this is baloney.

    And since you are obviously unaware of this video (made by Muslims BTW!), the story is here:

    www.heraldsun.com.au/news/muslim-hate-in-australia-social-experiment-will-make-you-proud/story-fni0fiyv-1227082962163

  • You knew there would be at least one (who disagrees with something you wrote)…there always is. 😉

  • Have you seen, David Wood – Sydney Terrorist Sheikh Man Haron Monis Tweeted My “Top Ten Quran Verses for Understanding ISIS”

    www.answeringmuslims.com/2014/12/sydney-terrorist-sheikh-man-haron-monis.html

  • Thanks Michael. Yes David is always very good.

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