Like many I sat in awe with my jaw on the floor as Wassim Doureihi of Hizb ut-Tahrir spent his whole Lateline interview evading Emma Alberici's very direct questions last night. The segment was amazing for a few reasons.
There was the way Doureihi repeatedly refused to condemn the barbaric crimes of Islamic State; crimes that include mass murder, mass rape and the beheading of men, women and children! When Alberici, clearly deeply frustrated with his evasions, invoked the ghoulish image of a seven year old Aussie kid holding a human head like some sort of trophy, he couldn't even condemn that.
It was truly chilling. While he didn't outright endorse these gruesome acts, any rational person would have to conclude that he believes them to be acceptable and justified at the very least. Well, he certainly did us a favour by showing what kind of people actually walk among us in this country. Along with other recent events, it proves that the Government's efforts to deal with the threat of terrorism are not some kind of cynical neo-con conspiracy as the Leftist tinfoil hat brigade would have us believe.
Not surprisingly, his approach was typical of the victim-centric Islamist blaming everything on the eeevil West. So dishonest. It's clear that much of the mayhem occurring in Iraq and Syria is theocratic in nature. Islamic State is aiming to create a global caliphate and they are employing extreme violence against innocents to do it. They are pursuing goals dreamed up hundreds of years ago, long before the USA even existed.
But of course Doureihi shamelessly wheeled out all that stupid victim cant. It's the Islamist's way of subverting our freedoms with the goal of ultimately removing them. And lefties have allowed -- even encouraged -- them to do it. Shame on you, pinkos! Time for you to be more like the principled Bill Maher and less like vain jellyback Ben Affleck and start standing up for liberal values.
Speaking of lefties showing a spine: What a legend Alberici was, eh? My, did she go up in my estimation. I never thought I'd be cheering a journo from the ABC. But I was last night.
Her courage and consistency in pursuing the loathsome Dourheihi was impressive to any Aussie with a heart, a spine and a mind. And as we all know in her organization people like that are rare as hens' balls.
Doubtless the kind of sour anti-Alberici sentiment expressed on social media and included in this roundup will be clogging up the e-mail accounts of the powers that be at their ABC. Which is why I think she may even suffer some sort of payback. Doubt she'll be sacked. But a bit of, er, counselling with extreme tolerance is a possibility ...