Clover Moore, the Lord Mayor of Sydney, reckons that modern-day cities need resilience. So much so that she has appointed a chief resilience officer to help Sydney respond to “future stresses and shocks” and things like that.
Despite her concern for climate change, Moore increased her carbon footprint by flying to Paris to attend the UN climate talks. There she found time to speak with mayors from Rotterdam, Santiago and Addis Ababa about, wait for it, Sydney’s “efforts to jump-start resilience in cities”.
Moore wrote on resilience in the Huffington Post on the morning of the first anniversary of the Lindt cafe siege at Sydney’s Martin Place. Her insensitivity was such that, in attempting to illustrate the “need to manage future stresses and shocks” in a resilient kind of way, she linked cyber-attacks with the siege.
According to Moore, on the latter occasion “three people lost their lives, including the lone gunman who had a mental illness”.
You would have been completely out of touch to compare the trauma caused by cyber disruption with a terrorist attack in the Sydney CBD that closed down parts of Australia’s biggest city for a day and in which two fine Australians, Katrina Dawson and Tori Johnson, died.
On Monday, Moore was interviewed by Michael Rowland on ABC television’sNews Breakfast program. There she asserted that the Lindt cafe siege “wasn’t a terrorist event”. However, Moore maintained the mass murder conducted by the so-called Islamic State (or Daesh) in Paris on November 13 “was a terrorist attack”. This despite the fact Man Haron Monis, the Sydney gunman, claimed he was conducting a terrorist attack on behalf of Islamic State. Moreover, his siege followed calls by Islamic State leaders for its followers to kill civilians on the streets of Western democracies.
Moore’s stance as a dripping wet left-liberal was no more evident than when she put out a statement on the City of Sydney’s website that contained the following sentence about the siege: “What defines our city is the brave response of our emergency services and the spontaneous response from our community — both in leaving flowers to remember Toni and Katrina and #I’llridewithyou.”
What a load of tosh. Members of the NSW Police Force risked their lives in entering the Lindt cafe, which could have contained explosive devices, to subdue Monis. And Moore equates such heroism with the “I’ll Ride With You” movement.
In her Huffington Post piece, Moore claimed the movement was necessary since “there was real risk that the siege might set off a chain reaction of tit-for-tat attacks on Muslim Australians, fanned by tabloid columnists”.
There were no such attacks. And there was no such incitement by columnists or anyone else. This is but an invention of the Lord Mayor’s left-liberal mind. The NSW Coroner’s inquiry into the siege is not yet finalised. A prudent elected politician would await a finding as to whether Monis’s crimes were propelled by mental illness. Mental illness is a widespread, treatable condition. Terrorist murder is a rare but deadly event. Moore, like many left-liberals, is in denial about terrorism and the fact a minority of Muslims are radical Islamists.
No doubt, the NSW Coroner will make findings about Monis’s mental health at the time of the Lindt cafe siege. Other conclusions will be awaited with interest. So far no evidence has been revealed about how Monis obtained his sawn-off rifle. Until this is known, it cannot be said with accuracy that he was a lone wolf.
Moreover, there is evidence Monis played the role of victim with considerable skill. This appears to explain why he managed to avoid a significant sentence for sending offensive letters to the families of members of the Australian Defence Force who died in Afghanistan. It also seems to be the reason he was allowed bail by the NSW judicial system while on the serious charge of being an accessory before and after murder.
It is also not clear whether Monis’s apparent conversion from the Shia to the Sunni brand of Islam was related to his embrace of terrorism.
Moore is not the only left-liberal experiencing denial, despite real acts of terrorism in Sydney and Melbourne in recent years and the imprisonment of about 20 men in both cities for conspiracy to commit terrorist acts.
Writing in Fairfax Media newspapers last Saturday, Anne Summers declared that Tony Abbott’s comments on the need for Islam to reform are “insulting and denigrating members of an entire religion”. This despite the fact Abbott is in agreement on this matter with the likes of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and Somali-born commentator Ayaan Hirsi Ali.
It is mythology to regard all Muslims as united on this issue.
It was much the same on the ABC’s The Yearly last Wednesday night. Accompanied by much beefed-up applause, presenter Charlie Pickering mocked commentators who had criticised the Grand Mufti, Ibrahim Abu Mohammed, for not speaking up loudly and frequently enough against terrorism in Australia and elsewhere.
Pickering’s targets included the Seven Network’s Bryan Seymour and Sky News’s Paul Murray and Graham Richardson.
To Pickering, it was all a bit of a joke. He went so far as to run a gag asking where the Grand Mufti was “after the 2013 bombing of the Summer Bay Hospital” in theHome and Away TV series. This overlooked the fact some prominent Muslim Australians, including Mohammed El-leissy, also criticised the Grand Mufti’s initial evasive response to the Paris terrorist attacks.
It so happened The Yearly’s strong defence of the Grand Mufti went to air on the taxpayer-funded public broadcaster soon after Chris Ray revealed in The Australianthat the Grand Mufti visited radical Islamist sheik Yusuf al-Qaradawi in Qatar in April 2013.
Qaradawi, who has supported suicide-homicide attacks, is said to be the spiritual leader of the Islamist organisation the Muslim Brotherhood.
A truly resilient society would not be in denial about terrorism or regard it as an opportunity for humour.