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It's time to think (Andrew Bolt on the Sydney Riots)
Herald Sun ^ | 14th December 2005 | Andrew Bolt

Posted on 12/13/2005 6:45:44 PM PST by naturalman1975

THESE talks between big-wave surfing champion Koby Abberton and Lebanese "leader" Keysar Trad to end Sydney's latest tribal riots will fail, of course.

But still they may help -- by showing just some of the hundred troubles that created this disaster and the hundred hard steps we must take to avoid even worse.

Yes, it's that complicated. Things this bad usually are. So ignore the one-issue parrots who screech "We're all racists", or "End Muslim immigration now". The fools.

Abberton is admired as a leader of the surfing tribe at Maroubra known as the Bra Boys, who last week told Middle Eastern gangs to "stay away" from the beach.

There is no suggestion he endorsed the appalling violence which followed on Sunday. In fact, he says it was "distressing" and denies reports Bra Boys were involved, but, as a local god, he does perhaps symbolise the local beach gang culture.

On the ABC's Australian Story, Abberton explained how he came to join his gang. He grew up, he said, in a garage: "My mum was a heroin addict back then and we grew up pretty tough. We all have different dads, all the brothers, me, Sunny, Jai and Dakota. None of us have ever known our dads. But there just wasn't much love...

"When I was about 14 I got kicked out of my house..."

No wonder he sought the comfort of a tribe, as so many young men would if they had no job, no father, no real family, no discipline, or no sense of belonging.

See how many jobless and broken-homed youths were in the Kelly Gang and Macquarie Fields Boys, which rioted at Sydney's welfare ghetto in Macquarie Fields last February. See how many Aborigines, ditto, pelted police with rocks, wood and molotov cocktails in the equally tribal riots last year in drug-riddled Redfern, also in Sydney. Or burned down a police station on jobless, booze-soaked Palm Island.

See also the rise of ethnic gangs, such as the lethal Telopea Street Boys, drawn largely from Sydney's Lebanese -- so many without jobs or a sense of home.

The we-own-the-beach Bra Boys are not half as dangerous, but are notorious for a riot in 2002 in which they attacked off-duty police at a party and hurt 30. After all, tribes owe their first loyalty to their own and not to us.

Abberton is not a thug himself, but awaits sentencing for telling lies to protect his brother Jai, then charged with killing gangster Tony Hines at Maroubra with three shots to the head. Jai was found not guilty on the grounds of self-defence.

ISN'T Abberton's background only too familiar? That's just one thing that must change: how much harder must we work to make parents responsible, families strong and children safe, and to put young men in work and traffickers in jail?

Abberton's peace talks this week started with Keysar Trad, whose own background worries me, too.

Trad has been adopted as the voice of Sydney's Muslim Lebanese by a media too timid or incurious to ask whether he really represents them at all, or whether he even should. That careless irresponsibility is another thing that must change.

Trad was once head of the Lebanese Muslim Association, but was dumped and now trades as head of a thing he's called the Islamic Friendship Association.

But what friendship does he really offer?

Trad was once a translator of the pro-bin Laden Islamic Youth Movement, which ran appeals for violent jihad overseas and which has since been investigated for alleged terrorism-related offences.

He himself publicly rejects terrorism, but sneeringly wrote, for instance, that "the criminal dregs of white society colonised this country, and now, they only take the select choice of other societies, and the descendants of these criminal dregs tell us that they are better than us".

He was also the spokesman of the radical Mufti of Australia, Sheik Taj el-din El-Hilali, who preaches at Lakemba mosque, Australia's biggest and dominated by Muslim Lebanese.

Hilali, you'll recall, has praised suicide bombers as heroes and called the September 11 terror attacks "God's work against oppressors" and "the work of 100 per cent American gangs". When Lebanese Muslims pack-raped non-Muslim girls, Hilali blamed "Australian society". But again and again Trad defended him. Spin, spin, spin.

Trad is one of a generation of Muslim "leaders" who have, in effect, preached an us-against-them rhetoric that has only made tensions worse, which is one more thing to change. The academics and writers who feed such men their lines in anti-American and anti-Western hatred need challenging, too.

What makes a Trad a problem is that well before Sunday's riot, Australia, like so many Western countries, was already struggling to integrate Middle Eastern immigrants and, more worryingly, their born-here children.

For too long, thanks in part to a media often too scared to face ethnic truths, we fooled ourselves into thinking we were actually doing this integrating thing well.

We looked at the Muslim riots in France and smirked. If only the French had learned from our multicultural magic. We saw British-born Muslims exploding themselves in trains and a bus and said ... well, too little.

True, there were some reasons to think we could more easily embrace Muslims. Hadn't we taken in wave after wave of people from everywhere without one riot, until Sunday?

But this time it's different. We are different and some of these immigrants are, too.

We are different, in part, because we are less sure about ourselves and about what really unites us. Instead of being proud enough to expect immigrants to assimilate, we urge them to stay apart through multiculturalism. Indeed, we pay them to do so, giving three grants even to the jihadists of the Islamic Youth Movement.

What's more, we preach that this is a country that deserves little respect. Hear what is taught in schools, universities, theatres, films, books, galleries and museums: ours is a racist country with a child-stealing and genocidal past, led by a fascist voted in by rednecks. All this, so much of it built on deceits, must change as well.

Do I exaggerate this culture of contempt? Here, for instance, is part of a jeering email sent to me on Saturday by an employee of the rabidly anti-American and Leftist SBS: "Fact: migrants would rather die than assimilate to Australian culture. Why would anybody willingly assimilate to a culture that the entire world considers uncouth and un-cultured?"

You can imagine how the children react to this vision of Australia. Many would give their loyalty instead to something stronger: some ethnic tribe, perhaps, or they might revolt against the insult and, feeling threatened, chant Aussie Aussie Aussie and strike out.

But, as I said, the immigrants have changed, too.

Middle Eastern immigrants have brought with them a religion that too often preaches rejection of the very society they've joined and too often glorifies violence.

They also brought with them radical preachers, such as the Egyptian Hilali, the Lebanese Sheik Abdul Salam Zoud, the Jordanian Sheik Mohammed Omran and the Algerian Abdul Nacer Benbrika, the last now arrested, who spoke little English, but much hate. That, too, must change.

Many Muslims from Lebanon, in particular, were allowed in, even though some lacked the skills, let alone the culture, to fit in easily. That policy at least has been changed. But enough?

You can read the inevitable result in the statistics, with Muslim Lebanese at least twice as likely to be jailed, or jobless. No wonder the gangs had so many recruits.

Or you can measure the trouble in anecdotes. As long ago as 1999 (before the September 11 attacks, or Iraq war, on which so much is blamed) Lebanese gangs were harassing and attacking locals at Bondi beach. It took four years of hard policing to tame them.

In 2001 came the pack rapes, by mainly Lebanese men of girls still in their early teens and selected because they were "skips".

And a few Muslims, many Lebanese, drifted into extremist movements linked to terrorism. One is now in jail in Lebanon on terrorism-related charges, another in custody in Iraq and yet others face charges here.

As if that wasn't enough, Middle Eastern gangs become feared as drug traffickers and standover men.

Sadly for us all, their rise to power came just as police found it harder to uphold the law and their authority, or felt less inclined to. Just think how police at the Redfern riots stood for hours under a barrage of missiles without making arrests. More to change.

And so, two years ago, prominent whistleblower and retired detective Tim Priest warned that police had become too intimidated by these gangs and too exhausted by the poor-us complaints of ethnic "spokesmen" to uphold the law.

"In hundreds upon hundreds of incidents, police have backed down to Middle Eastern thugs and taken no action and allowed incidents to go unpunished," he said.

"Again, I stress the unbelievable influence that local politicians and religious leaders played in covering up the real state of play..." Here is more that needs changing.

All this and more needs to be known to understand last Sunday's riot, which is too easily dismissed by the usual sloganeers as just a belch of white racism.

We must understand also that Lebanese gangs or groups had invaded the beaches of Cronulla for some time, with many locals reporting punch-ups, foul abuse and sexual harassment of women. Two lifeguards were last week attacked by up to a dozen Muslim men, one punched unconscious, forcing a nippers' carnival to be cancelled.

Despite many credible claims of gang strife at the beaches, claims backed by the local state MP, police reportedly arrested just one man all this year. When Premier Morris Iemma went to Maroubra last week to promise action to the TV cameras, locals heckled him, one calling: "The locals respect police. The gangs do not." Yet one more thing to change.

SO it all came together on a hot Sunday. A hot and thirsty Sunday and how many other beer-fuelled riots have we seen in these coarsened days, like the huge and boozy Australia Day brawl in Perth last year?

Add the elements. A local surfing tribe. Beach invasions by another, more violent tribe. Weak policing. Handwringing politicians. A lookaway media. Feeble loyalties to authority. Beer. A particularly outrageous bashing. Fear.

Don't forget that fear and how much the locals had to be scared of. The reprisal attacks since Sunday show how dangerous the Lebanese gangs truly are. A man has been stabbed, a woman hit in the face with a baseball bat, another woman attacked in a pizza shop, a dozen other people hurt, more than 100 cars trashed, shop windows smashed in, women terrorised, police pelted with bottles and stones, guns brandished and reportedly fired, and it isn't over. At all.

So does Sunday's riot add up to a simple case of damn-us white racism, or to something far more complex and human? Oh, yes, the rioting was cowardly, vile and disgusting. Pack attacks are, which is why we must not merely condemn, but understand.

To prevent. Best start now. There will be more riots before we spruce up this home of ours and only quiet thinking, not screaming, will help us.

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1 posted on 12/13/2005 6:45:45 PM PST by naturalman1975
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To: naturalman1975
Interesting comment by Bolt in his online forum yesterday:

The US hasn't had the kind of Muslim trouble that France, Britain, Denmark, Belgium, Holland and Australia have had - not to mention some Asian countries. Is there something to learn from this? Perhaps the US is more strongly and more effectively assimilationist. A migrant would be proud to become a citizen there.

2 posted on 12/13/2005 6:47:47 PM PST by naturalman1975 (Sure, give peace a chance - but si vis pacem, para bellum.)
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To: naturalman1975
I have spent all day reading about all of this. I had no idea about all this Aussie Subculture. Fascinating to say the least.....
4 posted on 12/13/2005 6:49:19 PM PST by cmsgop ( Bill Clinton's License Plate..... "Herpes 1")
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To: naturalman1975
"End Muslim immigration now". The fools...

We'll see who the fools are in the long run won't we.

5 posted on 12/13/2005 6:51:41 PM PST by DoughtyOne (MSM: Public support for war waining. 403/3 House vote against pullout vaporizes another lie.)
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To: naturalman1975

We Americans are locked and loaded.

6 posted on 12/13/2005 6:57:49 PM PST by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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To: naturalman1975

Were the folks who carried out 09/11 proud to be here? I had never quite thought of it that way. Oh well, that's the price one pays for something as wonderful as moving more people here who hate the U.S.

If five out of 10 million were all the terrorists that come into the U.S. from the Middle-Eeast, would it still be okay if they detonated a bomb that cost 50,000 to 2 million U.S. citizens their lives?

Would it have been worth it to move in the 9,999,995 other people from the Middle-East? I guess that depends on whose mom, dad, sister, brother, son, daughter, other family members, co-workers and friends were slaughtered.

7 posted on 12/13/2005 6:58:44 PM PST by DoughtyOne (MSM: Public support for war waining. 403/3 House vote against pullout vaporizes another lie.)
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To: naturalman1975
and the descendants of these criminal dregs tell us that they are better than us".

I would say yes they are better than you because 1) they will listen to a reasonable arguement 2) they have some level of respect for other people's boundarys neither of which muslims do very well.

8 posted on 12/13/2005 7:19:43 PM PST by staytrue (MOONBAT conservatives are those who would rather lose to a liberal than support a moderate)
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To: naturalman1975

After reading this, I think the scenario of MAD MAX is not so far fetched!

9 posted on 12/13/2005 7:46:53 PM PST by Rummyfan
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To: DoughtyOne

That one jumped out at me too. In another 10 - 15 years when Australia's Muslim pop has tripled and riots are a regular occurrence I suspect Bolt will be singing a different tune.

10 posted on 12/13/2005 8:16:31 PM PST by Mr. Mojo
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To: Rummyfan
Mad Max vs. Mad Mo.

I'd see it.

11 posted on 12/13/2005 8:17:19 PM PST by Mr. Mojo
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To: Mr. Mojo

I'm betting on the Main Force Patrol!

12 posted on 12/13/2005 8:20:17 PM PST by Rummyfan
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To: Rummyfan

No doubt, and no contest.

13 posted on 12/13/2005 8:22:08 PM PST by Mr. Mojo
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To: Rummyfan

lol..Katrina taught us that Waterworld might not be far 'fetched' either. Here is the deal..although many of us in America have been 'taught' to never fight matter the insult..I take heart in the fact that the Aussies have a little bite left in them. This is not about 'racism'..It is about taking a stand. Somehow..the left.. all over the world.. has little problem in a future of Dhimmitude.
Praise Jesus that there are a few that are not so willing in this world. I have said for three years now..that Islamic terrorism would begin a long descent the minute the world started worrying about the "AMERICAN STREET" and not the 'arab street'. Let's give the Aussies their due here..they are saying they are not going to put up with it!! BRAVO!!

14 posted on 12/13/2005 8:28:41 PM PST by penelopesire
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To: naturalman1975
Perhaps the US is more strongly and more effectively assimilationist. A migrant would be proud to become a citizen there.

Our leftists are trying real hard to keep that from happening, they are as vile as your leftists.

To be honest with you Aussies are as strong and proud as the US (except you didn't have a second amendment to protect your guns).

This guy is right, it's going to take a strong stomach to fix the mess, good policing, and stuff a rag in the mouths of hand wringing politicians, but the Aussies are up to it.

15 posted on 12/13/2005 8:44:26 PM PST by McGavin999 (Reporters write the truth, Journalists write stories.)
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To: naturalman1975
the criminal dregs of white society colonised this country..... Keysar Trad. Lebanese "leader".

It is about time that Australia's much vaunted convict population, was seen in proper context. First of all, some of the offences that were recorded in England were these. Stealing food, taking a bolt of cloth, petty vandalism, pickpocketing re wallets, and jewellery. All transportable offences. Many went back to England after seven years.

The convicts just did not go to Australia and take off from there. There was a well defined structure. This consisted of farmers, merchants, clerks, administrators and militia. These were NOT criminals.

Yes indeed, the writer Bolt, already is suborned by political correctness. So those who say no more muslim immigration, are fools?. Surely that is a first priority.

16 posted on 12/13/2005 8:49:31 PM PST by Peter Libra
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To: tarheelrightwinger

Aussie Aussie Aussie Ugh Ugh Ugh!!!

17 posted on 12/13/2005 9:34:33 PM PST by wardaddy (Murdering poster boys for the Left must die!)
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To: naturalman1975

Is a "tribe" like a "gang"?

18 posted on 12/14/2005 2:39:15 AM PST by jocon307
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To: jocon307
It can be - but basically Bolt uses the term 'tribalism' in his articles quite a bit to refer to a particular philosophy often referred to as 'new tribalism'. From Wikipedia:

The new tribalists use the term "tribalism" not in its traditional, derogatory sense, but to refer to what they see as the defining characteristics of tribal life: namely, an open, egalitarian, classless and cooperative community, which can be characterized as primitive communism. New tribalists insist that this is, in fact, the natural state of humanity, and proven by two million years of human evolution.

Basically, it's primitive communism and it's becoming more and more popular on the left and the left seeks to impose this idea on society.

Gangs are one way this can express itself.

19 posted on 12/14/2005 3:10:36 AM PST by naturalman1975 (Sure, give peace a chance - but si vis pacem, para bellum.)
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To: Mr. Mojo

Oh he'll be sitting pretty with his nice nest egg nestled away in his private retreat. He won't have to deal with it.

That's what really gauls me about these folks. If they'd be paying the piper...

20 posted on 12/14/2005 6:58:42 AM PST by DoughtyOne (MSM: Public support for war waining. 403/3 House vote against pullout vaporizes another lie.)
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