August 27, 2003


Today’s editorial in The Australian:

If the terror attacks in India were the work of Muslim fundamentalists – as Indian officials have suggested, and as seems overwhelmingly likely – then they have underlined two of the signal features of Islamist terrorism, already apparent to us from the Bali bombing.

First, the attacks re-emphasise how indiscriminate these fanatics are in their hatred: you clearly do not have to be an affluent American, or even a Westerner, to qualify as a target for Islamist slaughter – poor struggling Indians will do just as nicely. And second, Monday's attacks show just how willing the terrorists are to accept the slaughter of fellow Muslims as "collateral damage" in their campaign to blast the world back into the Middle Ages. Of the 46 people killed and 150 wounded in the twin car bombings, at least a third were Muslims.

Posted by Tim Blair at August 27, 2003 12:13 PM

What's Richard Butler's opinion on the victims?

Posted by: ilibcc at August 27, 2003 at 12:49 PM

This report motivates me to write, to write a few of my thoughts, knowing that I shall probably be criticised. It worries me that, to the best of my knowledge, no cleric of the Islamic religion has condemned Jehad or the terrible ritual of the "suicide bombers".
It worries me to see a full page of faces in last weekend's "Australian", all of known suicide bombers, all those faces being faces which would not be unusual on our streets (except for 3 who were photographed carrying machine guns).
How can we identify possible suicide bombers, compared with the ordinary people on the street of middle eastern geneology ---Muslim, Christian or whatever?
It does'nt seem that we can---so--do we have any alternative but to distrust all?
It seems to me that the leaders of the Islamic people in Australia need to do some very rapid & deep soul searching in the interest of all middle eastern people who have decided to make Australia their home.

Posted by: gadfly at August 27, 2003 at 12:54 PM

I blame Bush, the Joooooooooos (you know the Indian ones), and oil.

Posted by: Pick a Lefty at August 27, 2003 at 03:08 PM

It seems to me that the glorious Jihadis simply love killin'.

Didn't they said in one of their early communiqués that they love death as Americans love life? Need we look for any other explanation?

Posted by: Katherine at August 27, 2003 at 03:53 PM

On the subject of terrorists how about this little gem:

"I want to thank the Australian people who supported our cause when they demonstrated against the policies of George Bush. Say thank you to all of them," Sawad said.,4057,7081065%255E401,00.html

This is from the man who directly helped to make the Bali bomb. I think that just about sums it all up......

Posted by: Rob at August 27, 2003 at 06:03 PM

It's not hard at all, gadfly, if your intelligence operations are up to par. Just keep an eye on anyone who associates with known terrorists, and if he steps out of his house wearing a suspiciously bulky trenchcoat, and running toward the nearest concentration of women or children, drill him between the eyes before he gets there. The IDF uses this technique to intercept the vast majority of would-be Palestinian suicide bombers.

Posted by: Tatterdemalian at August 27, 2003 at 06:11 PM

Is it so difficult for people to understand that for some "any means" justify the end!
All this relativistic nonsense that everybody must believe in Liberte', Fraternite'....... has been shown up time and time again and yet the Liberal mindset refuses to accept the fact that one cannot use humanitarian concepts in this type of struggle.
Just look at how the victims of the heat in France were treated by their own relatives.
Yeh! Everything is "Relative"!

Posted by: Barry at August 28, 2003 at 12:15 AM


What really scares me is the other guy advising us against allying with America as it allegedly wants to dominate the world. He wasn't saying it as a threat, but as friendly advice.

The scary thing is that some may take him seriously. Stockholm syndrome, anyone?

Posted by: Andjam at August 28, 2003 at 12:46 AM


This is _exactly_ Stockholm syndrome.

The term is primarily applied to those directly held hostage by criminals, but practically all instances of "thinking well of those who you know intend to harm you" are the Stockholm syndrome.

I think of it this way: I don't like to be afraid. If I think of my captor as a bad person, I will become more afraid. If I think of my captor as a good person, the fear lifts, and I am filled with relief. Repeat and intensify until adoration and worship ensue.

Once the human brain became able to predict events beyond the immediate future, it began to use fantasy to allay fear. Without this defence mechanism, humans wouldn't even get out of bed in the morning.

Posted by: buzz harsher at August 28, 2003 at 01:46 AM

Have you noticed that when Reuters et. al. report on Israeli attacks on terrorists there is a two part report? They report the number of terrorists killed/wounded and the number of bystanders killed/wounded.

When there is a suicide bombing there is never a bystanders category in the report. Why is that? Do suicide bombers never kill innocent bystanders?

Posted by: Fred Boness at August 28, 2003 at 02:19 AM

Is this writer on drugs? Those "poor struggling indians" have been at the coalface of islamic tension since before Tamerlane sacked Delhi. Speak to a Hindu about Muslims and you'll find they won't be so politically correct.

Posted by: Sam at August 28, 2003 at 10:51 AM

One Indian astrologer calculated that the suicide bombing is linked with the incident of the Mars coming near to the Earth. I wonder why the supporter of the jihadi bombers has not thought of this aliby.

Posted by: Rezwan at August 28, 2003 at 09:17 PM