Tuesday, August 4, 2009

We seem to be living in interesting times.

Breaking news that various state and federal police have launched a series of raids on house across Melbourne.

In an absolute cracker of a yarn, the Australian newspaper had the details this morning as the raids were being carried out.

A plot by Islamic extremists in Melbourne to launch a suicide attack on an Australian Army base has been uncovered by national security agencies.

Federal and state police, armed with search warrants, swooped on members of the suspected terror cell this morning, as they seek to arrest Australian nationals of Somali and Lebanese background in what will be the second-largest counter-terrorism operation in the nation's history.

About 400 police raided homes in the northern Melbourne suburbs of Glenroy, Meadow Heights, Roxburgh Park, Broadmeadows, Westmeadows, Preston and Epping. They also raided homes at Carlton in inner Melbourne and Colac in southwestern Victoria.

Now, nobody has been convicted of anything and I’m not too sure mentioning that the accused were “Australian nationals of Somali and Lebanese background” is really necessary but a couple of things should perhaps be said.

Even now, the brains trust over at Socialist Alliance is grinding up their campaign to “free the Roxburgh Park whatever” and condemning the “Guantánamo Bay conditions in which these people are being held”. The problem being of course is that those held at Guantánamo Bay were detained for years without charge, while four people in this instance have charged already.

The other point is that some people will say “oh, well of course desperate people will take up violence as a last resource and really it’s all the fault of the west anyway for invading Afghanistan”.

Well, bollocks to that.

It’s narcissistic in the extreme to imagine the rest of the world just jumps in reaction to what the west does, that millions of people are essentially puppets.

What has come to be known as “Islamist” thinking grew out of Iranian Revolution of 1979 and the battle against the Soviets in Afghanistan. It’s violently opposed to the west, not because of our vices but for our virtues; the notion of a secular, pluralist democracy is anathema to these dickheads.

I’m also a bit cross because these clerico-fascists would be rather keen on killing me and my family.


Perseus said...

I couldn't help but notice one of the raids was in Preston!

Maybe you and Desci need to start a Neighbourhood Watch of sorts, arming yourselves with baseball bats and beer.

Ramon Insertnamehere said...

Desci doesn't like beer.

And baseball bats - for shame Pers!

We use cricket bats in the People's Republic.

Anonymous said...

I think the behavious of the Federal Police and other agencies over the last few years merits a certain "wait and see what the evidence is" approach before anyone starts offering opinions. That's if we get to see what the evidence is, of course.

Mr E Discharge said...

Given recent history, this may be the first indication that Melbournes "Moccasin Belt" is stting on top of huge untapped Oil Reserves.

Ramon Insertnamehere said...

Oh, indeed Gingatao, the evidence around this event must be cahllenged in the courts.

My point is that there are some on "the left" who think any group who talks about "anti-imperialism' has to be automatically supported.

Like al-Shabaab.

The enemy of my enemy is not always my friend.

Pepsi said...

According to our one and only true source of news in Sydney, ie the Daily Terror-graph, the "attack" was planned for Holsworthy Army Base, situated right in the heart of Sydneys south-west bogan belt.

So thats one more for NSW, what a day. Pup saves the 3rd test and we get targetted for a bit of a bombing.

Can anyone else see a link here or is it just me?

Ramon Insertnamehere said...


Ponting is behind it all.

Pepsi said...

Thats what I thought too Ramon.

I wonder if the police have worked it out yet?

Ramon Insertnamehere said...

A scruffy Tasmanian man is assisting police with their inquiries.

catlick said...

Is there a "no shave during the Test" practice in place? I notice Punter can find the razor when he's advertising vitamins. Is not shaving for the duration a motivation? Little help here, men.

Ramon Insertnamehere said...

Beats me Catlick, having never been motivated in my life.

I did have a beard in my early 20s, though.

PS - do you know your evil doppleganger "Notcatlick" is abroad?

catlick said...

re: Notcatlick, I know not of which you speak.
re: a beard, I was one in my early 20s.

Ramon Insertnamehere said...

Why do people become a beard anyway?

Are their fringe benefits, or something like that?

catlick said...

It's a social work around. As for the benefits, varies case to case. It can mean an opportunity to bounce around the world stage, or it can be as simple as making a family occasion more comfortable.

Lewd Bob said...

the notion of a secular, pluralist democracy is anathema to these dickheads.

I disagree. The pawns that carry out this crap usually believe in an Islamic state run by an all powerful, hotline-to-Allah 'leader'. The leaders themselves fear a democratic state because they're hardly likely to benefit from one.

Dr. Golf said...

Kevin made it onto Toronto radio this morning, sounding very statesmanly.

Albo was also on the news last week with his weird Jagger and Richards line on gay marrage. After they played the clip the local announcers made fun of his screechy accent.

Also something about Men at Work.