It didn’t take long for the media to find those who urge caution in the sentencing of Muslims convicted of terrorist offences here in New Zealand. Professor Richard Jackson, deputy director of the National Centre of Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Otago, said overseas evidence suggested that a heavy-handed response to expressions of anti-Western sentiment or young people exploring radical ideas could be detrimental.
"There is evidence that that does contribute to further radicalisation. It creates the sense that Muslims are unfairly targeted, because there have been cases where right-wing extremists, or Christian extremists, don't get that same type of treatment, they're treated much more leniently”.
I have asked Professor Jackson for examples of ‘Christian extremists’ who have been treated ‘much more leniently’. I will publish the details in his reply should he provide them.
Professor Jackson also warned it was important media took great care in reporting the case responsibly, as it could cause xenophobia and also add to radicalisation as Muslim fears that the West hated them seemed to be confirmed.
"It is a bit worrying, because to be honest the media has not been that responsible in reporting on these types of issues...and [it] contributes to that broader social anxiety.
There is a strong well-spring of public opinion out there that Muslims, as a group of people, are inherently dangerous and this will confirm that and lead to more calls to restrict immigration and perhaps expel people from the country."
It is hard to fathom how the public may have gained that impression that Muslims can be ‘inherently dangerous’, especially when senior politicians and the main stream media have done their level best to sanitize everything about Islam for years following 9/11 and to deny that terrorist attacks had ‘anything to do with Islam’. Finally, only after the obvious brutality of ISIS were they forced to adjust their narrative, and then not all of them. But, apparently we have nothing to fear but fear itself. If we stopped talking about Muslim extremism the issue would simply go away and we could go back to life as it was prior to 9/11.
Perhaps if we stopped reporting on ISIS completely, and simply ignored the activities of their local supporters they would throw down their weapons in disgust and all go home. Listen, it’s no more ridiculous than Bono suggesting we mock ISIS with humour and defeat them that way.
Friends this is the level of public discourse we get from our highly paid indentured university academics on the subject of Islamic terrorism. Tread carefully, we may make matters worse.
How could they possibly be worse than they are in the world at present, and how would ‘doing nothing’ or very little in response to terrorist activity be an effective counter measure?
Why wouldn’t sane people call for the expulsion of radicalized Muslims from our country? Why wouldn’t we restrict the numbers we allow in through immigration, or do we like much of Europe’s political elite secretly harbour a death wish? A latent desire to see our culture destroyed at the hands of barbarians?
You know we deserve it.
Such loathing and self-hatred is standard fare amongst so many of the liberal left. We must pay for the sins of colonialization, and defeat at the hands of Islamic jihadists is justifiable retribution.
Professor Jackson and his kind are about as useful as the Iraqi army at the defense of Mosul. They look the part, but you wouldn’t want to rely upon them concerning matters of national security.