Jihad’s denialists play a dangerous game

If we are acquainted with reality the contemporary phenomenon of jihad denialism and related attempts to talk down the threat of Islamist extremism are far more worrying than alarm caused by the odd bellicose phrase.

Even while Man Haron Monis was holding innocents at gunpoint in the Lindt cafe at Sydney’s Martin Place under his self-proclaimed banner of Islamic State, there were many protesting this was not an act of terror but the act of someone with mental health issues — as if the two are mutually exclusive.