Just one week after Senator Dianne Feinstein releases her partisan political report on “torture” we have a response from the Islamic jihadist world. They never wait too long to remind us who they are — we had ISIS beheading four teens in Iraq who refused to convert to Islam. Funny, can anyone name me another “religion” that beheads anyone who doesn’t accept their faith — or decides that they want to change faith? But we must respect and empathize with our enemy.
So yesterday we watched the drama unfolding in Sydney, Australia and we must hail the law enforcement and SWAT personnel who prevented an even greater human catastrophe.
As reported by the UK Daily Mail, “An Iranian-born gunman was killed, two of his hostages are dead and four injured after a dramatic and chaotic firefight brought an end to a terrorist siege at a Sydney cafe. Teams of heavily armed police swooped on the Lindt Chocolat cafe in a hail of gunfire, ending a tense stand-off where Man Haron Monis had been holding around 17 people captive. Police issued a statement describing the event as a confrontation with a 50-year man, who they said died after shots were fired. The man was pronounced dead after being taken to hospital, police said. A man, aged 34, and a woman, aged 38, also died, the police said in their statement. Of the injured, two women have non life-threatening injuries and a police officer was injured by gunshot pellets, the police said. Another woman has a gunshot wound to the shoulder.”
What was somewhat telling was the reticence to classify this incident as an Islamic terrorist attack from the beginning — even after the assailant demanded a shahada banner be flown and requested an ISIS flag.
Western civilization prides itself on having a free and open society but we face an enemy who sees that as a weakness and a gap to exploit. We cannot continue to tiptoe about in the name of political correctness. I applaud the Australian forces in Sydney for taking a stand and taking this jihadist down.
The Mail says, “Monis — who came to Australia as a “refugee” in 1996 — was not a stranger to authorities especially for his sending hate mail to the families of Australian dead soldiers between 2007 and 2009, according to The Daily Telegraph. “The siege in the Lindt cafe in Martin Place on Monday reportedly followed an unsuccessful effort to have a conviction related to penning those letters overturned in the High Court on Friday, according to The Age. Monis received 300 community service hours and a two-year good behavior bond for the correspondence, which he claims were his version of sympathy cards and sent with the help from his girlfriend Amirah Droudis.”
Now I know folks have trouble with the term “profiling” — the better term is “trend analysis” and we should focus on where there are established issues and problems. Monis should have been on an intense watch list for his actions in writing those letters to the families of the fallen Australian soldiers. It’s a lesson from which we all should learn.
“The hostage-taker was charged as an accessory to the murder of his ex-wife – who was allegedly stabbed and set on fire on a flight of stairs in her western Sydney apartment block in November 2013. The man’s current partner was charged with murder but they both received bail as the case was deemed too weak. He was arrested in April this year for the sexual assault of a 27-year-old woman in 2002 after luring her to his clinic following claims he was as an expert in astrology, meditation and black magic, The Daily Telegraph reported. Monis was slapped with an additional 40 charges in October after more victims came forward alleging incidents took place in his spiritual healing clinic in Station Street in Wentworthville, western Sydney. High-profile Sydney Muslim leader Jamal Rifi told Daily Mail Australia he knew of the gunman but not on a personal level.”
The focus now must turn towards links — finding out who are the associates of Monis and walk it back. The Muslim community in Sydney has culpability and must be fully cooperative in assisting the police in their investigation. The death of Monis does not end this episode.
The goal for all of us in the West is to at some point recognize that we have a greater issue, as we wrote here regarding the warning from the former Ecumenical Christian leader of Mosul. Here in America we have people marching and shouting for “dead cops” — sure, until you want them to rescue you. And I pray the young NYPD officer who was attacked by the jihadists with the hatchet to his head is doing well.
Ask yourself, where were the protests for him?