There are no Terrorists in Australia
Oh dear. After giving Mamdouh Habib a vote of support yesterday (see here) Habib has given us his opening salvo in this article:
"...there are no terrorists in Australia, I believe."Hmm... not to doubt his intimate knowledge of all twenty million people in Australia, I have to say it's an interesting belief he holds. I believe I sound better when singing in the shower.
It also raises the question - is a terrorist someone with the intent or someone who has actually commited an act of terrorism? Is Habib claiming he knows every Australian's intent? How would he know anyway - it's a topic he doesn't have any association with right?
Well now. What evidence do we have that there are or are not any terrorists in Australia. The Immigration Department holds a list of everyone in Australia. They should be able to tell if there are any acknowledged terrorists here.
What about terror attacks here in Australia? There has only been one - The Hilton Hotel bombing in 78. No one has been satisfactorily proven to have commited that attack. The one guy arrested twice for the crime (and acquitted both times) now lectures political science at Sydney Uni. Hmm... weird. I guess he's not a terrorist. Doubly so.
What about people who are planning the next attack here in Australia? Ah... here we run into trouble. Are they here? The Attourney-General will say yes. He has a very expensive security campaign to manage. What is its purpose if the terrorists aren't here?
In the end all we have here is some guy saying what he believes. Unfortunately he wants to be a pollie. Thanks for the opinion.