Muslim leaders in Australia called for a peaceful resolution to a siege in central Sydney as the gunman’s suspected links to militant Islam threaten to spur racial tensions in the nation.
The Grand Mufti said he and the Muslim community condemned “this criminal act unequivocally” as armed police surrounded the Lindt cafe in Martin Place and negotiators sought to end the hostage-taking. While police say they haven’t determined the motives of the gunman, television footage showed a black flag with white Arabic lettering pressed against the window of the cafe.
Muslim leaders have appealed for calm since authorities raised the terrorism alert in Australia in September to the highest level in a decade, citing the threat posed by supporters of Islamic State. In recent months, a mosque has been defaced in Queensland’s Gold Coast and pamphlets were distributed in the state’s northern tourist city of Cairns urging the boycott of halal products…
It appears to have been written even before it was over. And there never is a ‘backlash.’