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.