Do-it-yourself instructions for ensuring the collapse of a civilized society

After terror attacks, you can expect the West to respond with all manner of lunatic ideas.  And so it has been after the hostage-taking in Sydney, Australia.

In a matter of hours, there emerged the predictable concern about anti-Muslim backlash as the focus moved away from the victims to focus on concern for the Muslim community.  Ironic, strange, unforgiveable, and stupid.  MSN reports:

Ben Rich, a researcher into political violence at Monash University's School of Social Sciences, said some Australian Muslims could face reprisal due to the incident.

"I can't say to what extent it's going to be, but I'd say it's quite likely," Mr Rich told AAP. (snip)

"This type of thing brings out a lot of latent tensions in people," Mr Rich added.

“Latent tensions”?!  The West is under siege, and Mr. Rich has got civilized people on a Freudian couch talking about latent tensions.

Excuse me, sir.  Yes, you, Mr. Rich.  When war has been declared against a group of people, it does tend to be a bit upsetting to those under attack.  People don’t appreciate being kidnapped and held hostage, or butchered and maimed, or raped and slaughtered.

Let’s keep the focus where it belongs: on jihad.  On the Koran.  On Islam.  If you want to be concerned about something, get your priorities straight.

Sadly, and again predictably, Mr. Rich is not the only person with misdirected priorities.  Australians are flocking to embrace the Muslim community in anticipation of Islamophobic backlash.  Hashtag #Illridewithyou is all the rage as non-Muslims offer to ride with Muslims on public transportation, I suppose as guardian angels against marauding Christian terrorists.

Then there is the call for Australians to rise to the occasion and...well, in essence, embrace Hillary Clinton’s certifiably insane and dangerous idea that we empathize with our enemies.  The Sydney Morning Herald editorializes:

The siege in the Lindt cafe in Martin Place has tested Australians as individuals, and Australia as a civil and democratic society.

In fact we are having to face many tests, each of which challenges who we are, how we respond to criminal dangers in our midst and, most confronting, what sort of nation we want to be.

First and foremost, we have faced yet another test of our empathy. Like the Bali bombings and myriad natural disasters, our thoughts are with the innocent victims: those inside the cafe who were caught up in a tragic situation for no other reason than they were going about their daily lives. Our thoughts are with their loved ones, too, for the hard times ahead.

Perhaps we face an even more difficult test of our empathy as well. How should we feel for the perpetrator so far witnessed and his family? While we do not know his story or his motivation, we know he was once someone just like those people whose lives he has now treated with such disdain. He must have loved ones, too. Forgiving him will be very difficult, and it will take time. Without forgiveness, though, we have to live with destructive hate. (snip)

The Martin Place siege may well be an isolated criminal action in a city whose crime rate has fallen for the first time in decades. A very small minority of people feel compelled to commit acts of deplorable violence, whether they be linked to terrorist groups or drugs syndicates or merely due to psychological dysfunction.... (snip)

Above all comes the test of what it means to be Australian. We live in a nation with an overwhelmingly immigrant past. Thankfully, we have matured to the point where most of us respect the diversity of backgrounds and beliefs of our fellow citizens; where we treat people on their merits, not on preconceptions.

Whenever one faith is implicated in a terrible crime, our tolerance of difference is challenged to its core. The test of our humanity is to rise above the calls for exclusion and persecution. To find the answers of the Martin Place siege, we need to remain calm, retain perspective and embrace all sections of the community to ensure we can all go about our everyday lives free of fear.

James Taranto of the Wall Street Journal calls this editorial “a textbook example of what scholar Barbara Oakley calls pathological altruism.”

Australians were not tested this week.  Some were taken hostage by a jihadist.  And two of them died.

And this isn’t about a “criminal danger.”  It’s about jihad.  Technically a crime.  But something much bigger, quite insidious, and ultimately a threat to all civilized people.

I do support the writer’s question about what sort of nation Australians want to be.  I would urge them to look long and hard at that and assess what it means for the future of Australia to continue to absorb immigrants from Islamic countries.

While reading the editorial, one could almost feel the writer building to the idea of empathizing with the jihadist.  And so he does.


But he doesn’t stop there.  He pulls out all the stops, what with the hypothesis that this is just an “isolated criminal action” (there’s a term for you) along with heavy-handed reminders that Australia is a nation of immigrants as he drones on with his dhimmi drivel.

You have to love ending on a note about “persecution.”  Clearly the writer has no clue about what Islam is about, or is in such deep denial he might get the bends coming up for air if he rises too quickly.  Something tells me, however, this guy is stuck on the ocean floor.

Sadly, he is not alone.

Hat tips: Atlas Shrugs and Gateway Pundit