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Friday, November 11, 2005

No kidding

Britain's foreign policy is spurring Muslim extremism and its anti-terror legislation is likely to increase hatred against the former imperial power.

Any chance Australian foreign policy might be a factor in Muslims hating Australia? Any chance John Howard's draconian legislation will in fact cause fear and censorship among the Muslim population? As Tony Blair's Muslim advisers explain, Britain's anti-terror plan is likely to inflame tensions.

In the current climate, however, such sensible discussion will be drowned out by the hysteria.

We have been warned.

10 Comments:

Blogger Shabadoo said...

Yet another example of the "Islam Means Peace" fallacy: Sure, they're a peaceful religion, but don't go pissing themselves or who knows what might happen!

Friday, November 11, 2005 1:26:00 pm  
Blogger Shabadoo said...

Further to the point, how far do you go to avoid upsetting extremists? Ban filmmakers from making films critical of Islam (Theo Van Gogh)? Ban cartoonists from depicting anything potentially derogatory about the prophet (a shopping center was recently burned to the ground in Denmark because of that sort of thing)?

Once you start letting a small group of hypersensitive extremists blackmail you into changing your behaviour, you're on the road to ruin.

Friday, November 11, 2005 3:25:00 pm  
Blogger SUPERIOR AMERICAN said...

Well of course I was.
The 100 WATT BRIGHT BULB AWARD GOES TO - Iqbal Khaldun
The 75 WATT AWARD TO - Addam_o
The 50 WATT AWARD TO - Human
Everybody else gets the complimentry night light.
Addam_o http://mkanejeeves.com/ is a good laugh. Thanks
Dirtbikeoption - reasons you will hate me is a belly jiggler to. Thanks. The other one? well If I was an Aussie I would probably understand it.
Gigilo - To answer the question that you put on my blog - "both General Sir". And yes you can call me Mcseptic. Just don't call me late for the Opening Night for the Comedy Club.
Well farewell Friends and Evil Ones(You know who you are). Parting is such sweet sorrow...snifff.....sniffflllee.............

Friday, November 11, 2005 3:25:00 pm  
Blogger Shabadoo said...

Anty, I know you don't ban people, and if you did you'd kick me out in a second, but can you please make an exception for Mother Superior?

xoxoxo
Shabby :)

Friday, November 11, 2005 3:36:00 pm  
Blogger Pete's Blog said...

No, No Shab just because McSeptic didn't give YOU an accolade...

I say we retain Superior for curiosities sake.

Regarding offending the Muslims I feel reactionary.

The young male thugs who have strutted their stuff in France, UK and to a more limited extent, here can always rationalise their tendency to violence.

YOUNG MALE THUGS, be they criminals or classed as "terrorists" appear to be at the root of most violence.

When they grow into older thugs, in a position of greater power, they're even a greater problem.

That this young thugism can be explained or legitimised as some sort of ethnic or religious "cry for help" is pathetic.

Australia's age old practices of ethnic profiling of groups prone to violence , be they pack rapists, thugs outside court houses or would-be bombers, is justifiable due to the sheer volume of violent acts occurring amongst young men from that particular ethnic community (starting with L).

I do not want harsher anti terrorism laws but recognise that it is a reaction to the wrong groups being allowed in.

This isn't hysteria its common sense.

Friday, November 11, 2005 3:54:00 pm  
Blogger Human said...

In accepting my prize I would like to thank my Parents, Friends, Wife, 1st grade teacher, exlovers, baker, butcher and my tailor.
dabbadick - you don't even know a goodbye when you read one. He even gave you a nightlight and you would ban him. Nightlights are dim, however for you it is a start.

Friday, November 11, 2005 4:12:00 pm  
Blogger Edward Mariyani-Squire said...

Shabadoo said...
Yet another example of the "Islam Means Peace" fallacy: Sure, they're a peaceful religion, but don't go pissing themselves or who knows what might happen!

What Muslims? What Islam? I didn't see any of that. IF they are guilty of what they are accused of then they're like the "Christians" who don't believe in Jesus. You can call them Muslims, but Muslims don't ... and at the end of the day, I'm not sure anyone's particularly interested in you're learned theological musings.

Friday, November 11, 2005 10:01:00 pm  
Blogger Wombat said...

I vote to keep Superior. He's great for morale. Besides, I have 25W to work on.

Saturday, November 12, 2005 1:41:00 am  
Blogger leftvegdrunk said...

I agree, Edward. No one is interested in what the well-informed Shab has to say about anything, except maybe Mrs Shab, who must really get an ear-bashing...

Saturday, November 12, 2005 1:41:00 pm  
Blogger Edward Mariyani-Squire said...

dirtbikeoption said...
"except maybe Mrs Shab"

I suspect Shabadabadoo is a bit young to be married just yet.

Sunday, November 13, 2005 4:41:00 am  

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