So O muwahhid, do not let this battle pass you by wherever you may be. You must strike the soldiers, patrons, and troops of the tawaghit. Strike their police, security, and intelligence members, as well as their treacherous agents. Destroy their beds. Embitter their lives for them and busy them with themselves. If you can kill a disbelieving American or European — especially the spiteful and filthy French — or an Australian, or a Canadian, or any other disbeliever from the disbelievers waging war, including the citizens of the countries that entered into a coalition against the Islamic State, then rely upon Allah, and kill him in any manner or way however it may be….If you are not able to find an IED or a bullet, then single out the disbelieving American, Frenchman, or any of their allies. Smash his head with a rock, or slaughter him with a knife, or run him over with your car, or throw him down from a high place, or choke him, or poison him…. (ISIS Edict 2014)
The death toll from the Melbourne terrorist attack by a recent convert to Islam is at 5 and likely to rise. Many others were injured.
I have written before about the inadequacy of responses to Islamic attacks by police and the reporting of these attacks by the media. The pattern has been repeated this time. The police allowed the Muslim to enter the CBD of Melbourne, did not attempt to intercept the Muslim’s car and allowed him to perform wheelies while shouting Allahu Akbar before driving his car into pedestrians.
Police only shot the Muslim after he had run people down. This is almost identical to the hands-off approach police used during the Lindt café siege where the priority was not to inflame prejudice against Muslims (Operation Hammerhead).
The media reporting of the Melbourne terrorist attack has been similarly deficient and deceptive. The ABC and the other left wing media, Fairfax, Guardian etc, have not even mentioned that the terrorist was Muslim. All attention has been on his troubled, drug-addicted background. This is despite what a friend of the Muslim is reported as saying:
He was a great guy but ice destroyed him. Then he converted to Muslim and changed very quickly. For over a month he's been on edge,' he told Daily Mail Australia.'He stabbed his brother in the face and beat up his poor mother I knew this bloke really well... I'm not sticking up for him whatsoever and he deserves to be punished for what he's done, but that evil drug ice was the cause of this.
So, even when his friend notes he changed very quickly after converting, the media still maintains the lie that this was just a drug outburst. All the evidence points to the opposite. All the previous lone wolf attacks were similarly dismissed as the product of mental disease or some other personal defect; anything other than Islam.
In a recent essay, Michael Davis looks at this tendency in the media and by our leaders to avoid blaming Islam for these atrocities. Davis says about a previous lone wolf Muslim terrorist:
But Artan’s isn’t really such a hot take on radical Islam. In fact, it fits into an alarmingly common pattern. Commentators have noted that, despite invoking the Islamic State before his attack and following methods laid out in its magazine Dabiq, he appears to have no ties to any formal terrorist cell. That’s good! Right? It shows that Isis’s network isn’t as pervasive as we once thought, or as they’d like us to think. Small-scale, lone-wolf attackers like Artan prove that Isis & Co. don’t have the means to organise and coordinate attacks on the scale of 9/11 or Paris. And that’s probably true. But it shouldn’t come as a relief. On the contrary: it proves the threat facing our civilisation is far direr than we might’ve thought.
The point about lone wolves is that a lone wolf can be any Muslim, and can occur any time. Not all the lone wolf attacks have been by drug addicts. The Fort Hood massacre was by a doctor. The London bombing involved teachers and social workers. The Boston Marathon massacre by students. The San Bernardino attack by a married couple, the husband a Health Inspector. The Fort Lauderdale attack by an ex-soldier.
In all these instances some aspect of the terrorist’s character is emphasised by the media and politicians so that the dominant characteristic of the terrorist, that he or she is a Muslim, can be ignored.
There are 2 issues here. Why do the media and politician avoid the obvious; and why does Islam attract such people.
The reason why the media and politicians avoid the issue is a combination of cowardice and condescension towards the general population, the deplorables. But in effect, they are betraying not only the deplorables but also Western values and society, the best type of society in the world.
The reason why Islam attracts such people is shown by a Muslim. Shadi Hamid writes about Islamic Exceptionalism. Hamid says:
In both theory and practice, Islam has been, is and will continue to be resistant to secularization. In other words, Islam is different. It is fundamentally different than other major religions…..Islam becomes a distinct political project. Islamism only makes sense in opposition to something else - that is, secularism. For the first time Muslims, and Islamists in particular, feel the need to say, "We are different. We are affirming (or reaffirming) our Islamic identity." It becomes a very conscious political act.
Islam gives an identity, purpose and meaning to its adherents. It also makes them feel superior to their enemy: secular society and non-Muslims - tawaghit/infidels-. That is the real mentality at work here not drug addiction: losers and outcasts like the Melbourne Muslim join Islam to obtain affirmation and justification. As part of Islam they have no communal responsibility for either secular society or the non-Muslims living in it. Before Islam drug addicts did not perpetrate atrocities, that capacity was created by Islam which attracts both losers, malcontents and functioning people and converts them into haters of non-Muslims. Only Islam does that. The Melbourne Muslim and all the other lone wolfs demonstrated that psychology of hatred and their method of expressing this hatred was entirely consistent with the edict by ISIS.
This was a Muslim operation in method and motivation; and once again our media and political class has failed us.