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.