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Dangerous idiots of the al-fools brigade
Daily Telegraph ^ | 28 Feb 2006 | Piers Akerman

Posted on 02/28/2006 3:56:40 AM PST by Fair Go

ROB Stary, the lawyer for convicted criminal Joseph "Jihad Jack" Terrence Thomas – the first person convicted under Australia's new anti-terrorist laws – has warned Muslims about helping the Federal Police.

"The lesson to be learned from that (the successful trial of his client) is that, if you are a Muslim person in this country and you co-operate with the authorities in these sorts of issues, you do so at your own peril," he said after a Victorian jury found Jihad Jack – now facing up to 25 years in jail – accepted funds from al-Qaeda and falsified his passport. "I say people should be very very careful. They should have complete assurances, they should have written indemnities that the authorities will not turn on them," he said.

Such a warning may win Mr Stary a few new clients from the radical fringes of Melbourne's Islamic community.

However it glosses over the fact Jack Thomas, as foolish, naive and stupid as his lawyer admits he was in retrospect, was such an avid fan of the fanatical Taliban that he embraced extremist Islam and took the name of Jihad when he went to Afghanistan in early 2001.

That was only six months before Osama bin Laden ordered the murderous attack on the World Trade Centre Towers and Pentagon.

At the al-Farooq training camp, the Melbourne chef and some 200 other recruits were trained in the use of weapons, explosives, combat and terrorist strategy – how to use an AK47, how to launch rocket-propelled grenades, build defensive structures and prepare explosives.

They were also drilled in suicide bombing techniques and shown training videos which included footage of the al-Qaeda attack on the USS Cole off the coast of Yemen in 2000.

Jihad Jack could have been in no doubt about the nature of the training and its purpose.

He admitted he had seen Osama bin Laden at the camp on at least three occasions.

Mr Stary is claiming the outcome of the case as a victory for his client because the jury acquitted him of two extremely serious charges of intentionally providing resources to al-Qaeda.

But juries are instructed that, if they hold reasonable doubts, they must acquit. It would appear this jury may well have held reasonable doubts that an individual of Jihad Jack's apparent dopiness had the intellectual capacity to provide anything to anyone.

Still, it must remain a source of great concern to all Australians, including members of the Islamic community, that a very dangerous idiot like Jihad Jack and that other fool, David (aka Daoud) Hicks, could be converted to the most radical form of Wahabist Islam in Australia.

That concern must be addressed by the Islamic leadership if they are going to allay the very real worries many Australians naturally hold regarding the activities of radical elements in the Australian Islamic community.

Above all, it would seem from the ridiculous response to the recent remarks by Treasurer Peter Costello, Prime Minister John Howard and Andrew Robb, the newly-appointed parliamentary secretary to the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs Amanda Vanstone, that many of the more vocal of the self-anointed Islamic leadership bodies remain confused about the separation between church and state in our liberal democracy.

Discussion of Islam – a religion – is not a breach of anyone's freedoms in this country. Indeed, as we all well know, this freedom is exhibited to a truly disgusting degree on an almost annual basis at events like the Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade, in which men dress as nuns and mock the Catholic religion within blocks of the hospice which graciously administers to dying victims of HIV.

Nevertheless, the Catholic community is not moved to break the law with its protests against such events, no matter how heartfelt its anguish.

This lack of action may be viewed as a sign of weakness by some in the Australian Islamic community but many Christians see it as a sign of the compassion which underpins much of the Christian religion, a compassion that is not readily evident within Islam.

AS THE Prime Minister's Muslim Community Reference Group meets in Canberra, its members would do well to consider the enormous conflicts peculiar to the Islamic world and place the smaller problems they face within Australia in some context.

Acknowledging that, globally, more Muslims are killed daily by others also claiming to be Muslim than by non-Muslims would set things in some perspective.

They might face the reality that religious leadership in the political sphere has not served Muslims well.

Then they could discuss issues affecting their communities in Australia such as the lack of uniformity in clerical training, religious extremism, domestic violence affecting Muslim women and health problems arising from marital consanguinity.

Waves of migrants have found a haven of opportunity in Australia and carved out new lives which have minimal reference to the cultures of the lands of their forebears.

Islams' leaders must decide whether they want to encourage their followers to make the most of those same opportunities or cling to the failed model that so enchanted the disturbed Jihad Jack.


TOPICS: Australia/New Zealand
KEYWORDS: australia; islam; jihad; terrorism
"Acknowledging that, globally, more Muslims are killed daily by others also claiming to be Muslim than by non-Muslims would set things in some perspective".

It is time the world sat up and took note of this very important fact.

1 posted on 02/28/2006 3:56:43 AM PST by Fair Go
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To: Fair Go

Sounds like the guy got what he deserved.


2 posted on 02/28/2006 3:59:50 AM PST by caver (Yes, I did crawl out of a hole in the ground.)
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To: Fair Go

It is amazing to see the selective reporting of the western media.


3 posted on 02/28/2006 4:13:15 AM PST by exnavy (God bless America)
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To: Fair Go

Sorry, but why should I be concerned when my enemies are being killed by more of my enemies? One should hope they exterminate themselves with each other.


4 posted on 02/28/2006 4:17:43 AM PST by son of caesar
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To: Fair Go

So, they have the 'no snitch' rule downunder now?


5 posted on 02/28/2006 4:59:11 AM PST by wolfcreek
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To: NZerFromHK

"Discussion of Islam – a religion – is not a breach of anyone's freedoms in this country. Indeed, as we all well know, this freedom is exhibited to a truly disgusting degree on an almost annual basis at events like the Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade, in which men dress as nuns and mock the Catholic religion within blocks of the hospice which graciously administers to dying victims of HIV."

I wonder what would happen in Australia if the Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade went as far as that in Toronto?


6 posted on 02/28/2006 4:58:27 PM PST by Fair Go
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