The natural reaction to the hostage taking in Sydney, Australia should be to brush up on the basics of why we’re seeing jihad-style incidents taking place in the West.
But there’s an alarming appetite out there for ignoring the elephant in the room.
Sydney deputy police commissioner Catherine Burn told reporters “we don’t know at this point exactly what [Man Haron Monis’] motivations were.”
Because having hostages hold up a jihadist flag in the windows of the Lindt café wasn’t a dead giveaway?
When the Daily Telegraph in Australia published a front page headline chalking this up to the Islamic State “death cult” people seemed more outraged at the publication than the perpetrator.