Islamism Down Under

Theodore Dalrymple – A brutal prison beating has Australians wondering just how deep the roots of the radical ideology run.

On April 17, Australia’s Sydney Sunday Telegraph carried pictures of the horrific injuries inflicted on 40 year-old prisoner Michael O’Keefe by his 18 year-old cellmate Bourhan Hraichie. O’Keefe is a former Australian army reservist who had boasted of having killed Muslims while on active service. Hraichie is a known supporter of the Islamic State.

According to reports, O’Keefe, who is awaiting trial on domestic violence charges, was thought by prison authorities to be suicidal and therefore safer in a two-man cell than on his own. Hraichie was the man selected to prevent him from harming himself.

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