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Speaking today on 612 ABC Brisbane, Dr Misra said dialogue between authorities and the Muslim community was now essential.
"We must keep our channels of communication open between law enforcement and the community, we must resort to evidence-based policing not just knee-jerk reactions, not instinctive policing."
"…a Death Cult reaching out to countries such as Australia”.
-PM Tony Abbott
“…today we’ve seen further evidence of the pure evil of the ISIL movement….”
-PM Tony Abbott (13 September 2014)
(ABC News Corp. 2014)
"Tough, relentless, uncompromising - Scott Morrison is just the politician to respond to the threat of terrorism that today sent a chill through Australia"
(Note: This is NOT a statement of apologia for those who wish to harm or murder innocent civilians and nor is it an attack on those attempting to protect the innocent - this is a brief critique of the Australian domestic response to the emergence of ISIL over the past several days and weeks)
The past week or so has seen a frenzy of simplification and profound dehumanization. I am absolutely appalled by the ridiculous rhetoric being used by our politicians and media outlets lately and my frustration is palpable. The much respected ABC network has especially shocked me with their seemingly wholesale acceptance and dissemination of fear.
All those familiar with G. Orwell’s ‘1984’ will no doubt recall the disturbing passages referring to the Two Minutes Hate as part of the national Hate Week against the state’s enemies. I have included one part here: ‘The preparations for Hate Week were in full swing, and the staffs of all the Ministries were working overtime. Processions, meetings, military parades, lectures, waxworks, displays, film shows, telescreen programmes all had to be organized; stands had to be erected, effigies built, slogans coined, songs written, rumours circulated, photographs faked.’ - Ch. 5 1984
If someone is planning to murder innocent civilians then by all means stop them. All effort must be made to stop them. But do not follow this up with systematic terror campaigns of your own and attempt to strong-arm people into ‘Team Australia’.
This is NOT how you achieve a lasting peace.
The issue of multiculturalism is a profoundly complex one and I certainly do not have all the answers - all I know is that the Australian media, the large majority of our politicians and our law enforcement agencies should have a serious rethink of how they are approaching this issue.
By making an individual ahistorical, or by removing their history, you are able to effortlessly discriminate against them. We must reframe this entire issue in a historical context and try to look at WHY things are unfolding as they are; not simply label them as ‘pure evil’. This will exacerbate the situation and bring more violence and more hatred.
We must look past the systematic dehumanization of people and the editing of history.
If nothing else, think about what you are reading and listening to over the coming weeks and do all that you can to avoid creating our own Hate Week here in Australia.