‘Time’ doubles down on stupid: ‘Stop linking the Sydney siege to Islam’

Visitors look at a makeshift memorial near the scene of the fatal siege in the heart of Sydney’s financial district on Dec. 16, 2014. Sydneysiders including tearful office workers and Muslim women in hijabs laid flowers at the scene in an outpouring of grief and shock Peter Parks—AFP/Getty Images

The perpetrator was not a jihadist but a criminal described by his own lawyer as “damaged goods”

If the location of the Sydney siege — images of which flashed around the world for 16 hours before two hostages and a gunman were killed — appeared familiar, it’s because Martin Place is a popular international film set…

What is absolutely alien, on the other hand, is that nature of a man like the 50-year-old Iranian-born perpetrator, Man Haron Monis. There is no point in trying to place him, as some have attempted, in an overarching discourse of Islamist terrorism and history, because he was plainly not a terrorist but a mentally disturbed individual and serial sex offender.

Neither is it helpful to describe this tragedy — as media mogul Rupert Murdoch did — as a “wake-up call” for the nation, because, from the Port Arthur massacre to the Bali bombings, Australia has had plenty of those already…

Do I detect a note of panic amongst the ‘elite’ writers? Their multicultural dream is going up in flames.  

The man had an Islamic flag, asked for another one, made it clear he was acting in the name of  Islamic State but it is not linked to Islam?  Sorry, we are not as stupid as you think.  

  • ntt1

    it was probably the vegemite,nasty stuff.

    • So I hear.

      • winniec

        Halal products are now worth $3 trillion a year and will soon increase to $10 trillion. The certification money will go to jihadists.

        • Minicapt

          Since the $3T number originates with the Mohammedans, it should be accorded the respect one give to a pronouncement from the State Dept spokesperson.


    • H8R!

  • Jason

    “he was plainly not a terrorist but a mentally disturbed individual and serial sex offender.”
    So the two are mutually exclusive?

    • winniec

      A diagnosis is made by a qualified doctor, rather than a reporter, politician or lawyer. Careful.

      • Minicapt

        Could you provide a citation for “qualified doctor”?


      • occupant 9

        Can’t we just say that to be a believing Muslim IS to have a mental disorder?

    • Clausewitz

      A little from column A, a little from column B………….

    • occupant 9

      Here’s how it goes:
      Should a devout Leftist/Marxist looking to align with Hizbollah or Hamas, shoot up a Norwegian summer camp, he automatically becomes a “right winger.” Everyone >knows< only "right wingers" do such things, even when the "right winger" is a Marxist. If the "right winger" label won't stick, the Marxist murderer is only seen as someone with a mental disorder.

      When a Muslim, acting in the name of Islam, beheads, kidnaps or terrorizes non-Muslims or other Muslims, he's no longer Muslim according to Muslim spokesmen. But that would make him an apostate, since his act would bring shame to Islam, but the spokesmen always stop short of saying that … because … instead of the traditional death penalty for apostacy, the Muslim actor is celebrated (see "Palesinian" culture) as a hero or martyr. If the Muslim label won't go away, the Muslim murderer is only seen as someone with a mental disorder or as a lone wolf. Islam can never be the inspiration for murder, despite the 270 million, and counting, murdered by Muslims since Islam began. Islam is the only faith that needs to say it's a Religion of Peace, while all the others just act peacefully.

  • winniec

    Leftards regurgitate their Marxist crap mindlessly: “Muslims are officially designated victims and therefore can do no wrong. Therefore jihadists are ‘officially insane’, a tiny minority of extremists, unrepresentative of Islam, etc.” This, even though the classical texts of Islam all call for warfare against disbelievers and revenge killings….“retaliation is obligatory against anyone who kills a human being purely intentionally and without right.” (Umdat al-Salik o1.1-2).
    Whenever Islamic terrorists attack civilians in civilized Western countries, they are taking revenge for Muslim civilians killed as collateral damage in strikes against Al Qaeda, ISIS, etc. The difference is that Western countries do not target civilians, whereas Muslim do target civilians intentionally because they are soft, unarmed targets.

  • winniec

    What does this writer actually know about Islam? Is he making stuff up?

    • Martin B

      Nothing and yes.

  • Islam harnesses the destructive power of its social misfits. Man Haron Monis was one of them and a good example of the problem.

    You can read my thesis on this at: http://islamsfatalflaw.blogspot.com/

  • RevnantDream

    Never never land mentality

  • Martin B

    The stench of desperation is so bad I can smell it all the way from Sydney.

    “…a criminal described by his own lawyer as damaged goods” Oh great. The lawyer who got him out on bail after a whole slew of rape charges and being an accessory to a monstrous murder. Yup, that’s the voice of truth & goodness we should all bow down to.

  • Jay Currie

    Couldn’t be that Islam attracts numbers and gives them the texts and the justifications for violence. No way.

    ’cause other wise it might be seen as a pathological belief system which enables the violent and that would never do.

    • occupant 9

      Nope, no matter how many of us they murder, we must be committed to believe Islam is a religion of peace down to the very last one of us,

  • Linda1000

    Lordy, I’m tired of the made-up stories of the press. The terrorist Lindt cafe attacker will be a headline in the next issue of Dabiq magazine. He was not insane and he deliberately asked for an IS flag because he wanted the world to know he was fighting in the name of allah for the cause of islam. He wanted to die in honour as a martyr for the IS agenda. It seems the Aussies are even more drunk on leftist koolaid than Cdns.
    @@ = big rolly eyes

  • Barrington Minge

    Well, his lawyer would say that now wouldn’t he?
    This murdering mooslim bastard was self-styled “cleric” (well they all are) and he spouted the usual Islamotrash. The only cult that pursues jihad is Islam.

  • David Murrell

    TIME magazine simply is like the New York Times and the Globe asnd Mail — they actively support radical Islam and the jihadist agenda. So when the Islamic perp seems so egregiously evil and mean, they purposely try to cover up his background, and purposely lie to their respective readerships.

    These media actively support the goals of this evil: sharia law, murder of innocents, totalitarian dictatorships, vast human rights abuses. These are the values of these left-wing media.

  • Pete_Brewster

    Aye, there have been plenty of wake-up calls. The media just keep hitting the snooze button instead of increasing the volume.

  • chayisun

    “because he was plainly not a terrorist but a mentally disturbed individual and serial sex offender…………” nope no terrorist there. Just busy doing terrorist type “work” holding hostages and causing the death of two innocent people.

    Let’s see now, gangs of muslims grooming young children for sex, car bombings, suicide attacks, beheadings……all by muslims and all for islam. Terror with a hint of mental problems? Mental problems and muslims go together like, well, islam and death.

    Nasty sick cult, indeed.