Islamic jihad isn’t something the Australian nation or her people are unfamiliar with. Between the 2002 and 2005 Bali Bombings which killed almost 100 Aussies, as well as the recent breaking up of a Jihadist plot to kidnap citizens off the streets specifically to decapitate them, the figurative and literal banner of jihad has again made itself known Down Under. But as reported by CNN on Dec. 15, 2014, as well as the Associated Press via WLS-TV Chicago on Dec 14, 2014, authorities in Sydney are loath to call a self-admitted Islamist a terrorist.
Iranian-born Islamic cleric Man Haron Monis (aka: “Sheikh Haron“) took at least a dozen people hostage in Sydney’s Lindt Chocolate Cafe, where police Hostage Rescue Team stormed the shop, freeing most of the hostages and killing Monis. Two hostages did die in the rescue attempt, but it’s unclear if they died due to police gunfire or at the hands of Monis. The hostage taker ensured that a black Islamist flag was displayed on the cafe window. Emblazoned across the banner was Arabic script, “There is no god but Allah, and Mohammed is his messenger.”
Authorities are purposefully not explicitly referring to the taking of the cafe as a “terror attack,” nevertheless New South Wales Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione said police are on “a footing that would be consistent with a terrorist alert.” Scipione was went on to state that he “did not know his (Monis’) motivation …”
The ISIS terrorist network has long been calling for Islamic jihadist sympathizers residing in the West to conduct “lone wolf” attacks against military, police and civilian targets. The same lone wolves are responsible for a slew of attacks to include the hacking to death of British soldier Lee Rigby; two Canadian soldiers were recently murdered; fourteen American soldiers (one was pregnant) and civilians were killed while another 30 were wounded on Ft. Hood, Texas..
Freely walking the streets and roads of Australia for years, Monis has been on the cops radar for past charges of sexual assault and implicated in the murder of his own wife. Monis also made the Aussie papers for sending hate mail to the families of Australian troops killed in Afghanistan referring to the dead soldiers as “baby killers.”
With Australian authorities unwilling to call the Monis attack a case of terrorism, moves by both the United States and Great Britain have left many conservatives opening questioning the resolve of the West when it comes to defeating the jihadists. the Obama Administration has reiterated its opposition to American interrogators from using “torture” techniques such as water boarding, serving “bad” food, and also “blowing cigarette or cigar smoke into a detainee’s face.” The British government has also ordered troops “not to shout in terror suspects’ ears, use ‘insulting words’, or bang their fists on tables or walls during interrogations.”
More than a few right-wing pundits have opined that the Western world overall refuses to fight global jihadism with any measurable degree of seriousness due to the embrace of political correctness. Examples of the shift in Western mentality regarding war-fighting would be the comments of a visibly furious Admiral William “Bull” Halsey Jr. who upon surveying the wreckage of the Pacific Fleet after the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941: “Before we’re through with them, the Japanese language will be spoken only in hell.”
Not only the legendary Bull Halsey leaving little to the imagination how he intended to battle Imperial Japan, another plain speaker would be the near deified by Marines, Lt. Gen. Lewis “Chesty” Puller who stated shortly after his retirement from the Corps: “Our Country won’t go on forever, if we stay soft as we are now. There won’t be any America because some foreign soldiery will invade us and take our women and breed a hardier race.”