It was the ordinary Australians of Camden who were victimised and besieged. They continue to meet and discuss their opposition to the school but the ABC largely ignores them.
If the ABC wished to present a fair report - WHY WERE THERE NO INTERVIEWS WITH GROUPS OF CAMDEN RESIDENTS OPPOSED TO THE SCHOOL??
If the ABC wanted to really explore the reasons for fear of Muslims in the community WHY WERE PEOPLE OF MANY BACKGROUND, EXPRESSING SUCH FEARS, NOT INTERVIEWED?
If the ABC wanted to be fair, WHY WERE NO EX-MUSLIMS INTERVIEWED? Surely this would present another side of the picture. Ex-Muslims are victims too, often too frightened to speak out because of the threats of violence made from the Muslim community. Talk about victimised – the ABC has got the wrong guys- WHY NOT A FEW ASSYRIANS, ARMENIANS AND LEBANESE MARONITES AND MELCHITES? They are Australians too and while being REAL VICTIMS of Muslim aggression, do not spend their lives in this country bellowing about it. Like many victims of holocausts, they go about their lives with dignity and fairness.
And speaking of violence and threats – how about this comment from a young representative of the Muslim group interviewed in last night’s program.
"You’re going to see a generation of young people who have so much hatred and so much anger and so much frustration within them - and when that happens you’re on basically dangerous grounds," a prominent youth worker tells Four Corners. (source)
Can you see the threat and the set up here? As if one can miss it. Yes, it’s the west’s fault if there is Islamic violence and if you don’t do as we say, it will happen. In the schools where I have worked, we conducted anti-bullying programs to alert children to bullying tactics and the above comment is a perfect example of one. Threat and coercion laced together implying you are to blame for violence directed at you.
Now why is it that in Australia - the Vietnamese, Chinese, Serbs, Italians, Greeks, Lao, Cambodians, Croats, Poles, Latvians, Jews and Czechs among others do not ‘bitterly complain of being treated like enemies in their own country’ as the Muslims do. Is it because, their priorities are different? They do their best to get an education, work – perhaps at menial jobs first – then climb up to something better – and put their efforts into work, achievement, family and community. Is it too perhaps because there has been no constant stream of Vietnamese (or other) suicide/homicide bombers blowing other people up – or in fact, not even one. Each community has its minority criminal element, as each society has, but NOT ONE COMMUNITY follows a holy book, which mandates jihad, a struggle of physical conquest on ALL its followers, as do Muslims. It sure is evident to anyone with eyes and ears and a TV, that jihad is not spiritual struggle (as was hastily put forward after 9/11).
The selectivity of the ABC Four Corners report is lamentable. And in fact encouraging such biased reporting may well in fact fuel the aggression in the Muslim community by giving it air time and more to feed on.
The way forward for the Muslim community is to befriend other communities, learn from migrants who have come here and accept questions regarding the Qu’ran and its plethora of violent passages and if possible, PUBLICLY REPUDIATE ALL VIOLENCE. If the reply of Muslims is that the US has invaded Iraq, then all I can ask is – would you really like Sadam Hussein, that mass murderer, back in power(see our Media Gallery). Most Iraqis greeted Americans as their liberators from a brutal regime. The only people ruining it now are the jihadis and suicide bombers.
Instead of a whingeing stream of self victimisation, Australians attitudes will change if you DO something for others that asserts some common humanity, realise that this is a pluralistic democratic society and that the concerns about Islam are real and grounded on evidence.