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A puzzling AAP report, in which an unidentified “community” is mentioned:

Detectives were again called to Blaxcell Street, Granville, in western Sydney, after shots were fired at a house about 8.30pm yesterday.

They found a number of spent shell casings in the street, close to the scene of last Wednesday’s fatal shootings of boxer Bassam Chami, 26, and his friend Ibrahim Assad, 27.

State Crime Command chief Graeme Morgan today said six shots were fired at the house last night and another hit a telegraph pole …

Earlier today, Mr Morgan said tight-lipped residents were withholding crucial details about the double murder.

“They are the people that have the power to stop this, and obviously we appeal for them to come forward,’’ he said. “We can offer them absolute confidentiality.

“We can offer them protection if necessary, we’ll take the information anonymously, but they must see their responsibility and assist police.

“It depends on the community, quite frankly.

“If they are prepared to come forward, if they’re prepared to assist police we can stop it today.”

If only we knew more about this “community”. Possibly they’re as helpful as a certain community mentioned earlier:

Former Guantanamo Bay inmate Mamdouh Habib was questioned by police until around dawn after reportedly being stopped as he drove past the shooting scene of the double fatal shooting in Blaxcell Street, Granville, western Sydney,  last night.

Police say a crowd of 200 people hampered their investigation after the shootings around 11.15pm.

Posted by Tim B. on 04/03/2006 at 12:31 PM
    1. Is anyone else convinced that the Coalition will actually WIN the NSW election next year? Morris Iemma can only be referred to as the “Member for Lakemba” so many times before voters turn on him. I don’t mean to give credibility to claims that the Liberals covertly play the race card in order to win elections but……they should totally play the race card and probably will. A “Tough on Lebs” election platform has so much potential. Lakemba (or as I call it, “Little Fallujah”) serves as a perfect illustration of the true legacy of Carr’s “tough on crime” rhetoric.

      Posted by AussieJim on 2006 04 03 at 01:09 PM • permalink


    1. Is it the Vietnamese?

      Posted by trexkilla on 2006 04 03 at 01:57 PM • permalink


    1. The police cannot guarantee absolute confidentiality.  That’s problem number one.  The second is that the police will not be able to stop these crimes anytime soon.  Just read the statement …“If they are prepared to come forward, if they’re prepared to assist police we can stop it today.”  It’s unlikely people will come forward based on past experience.

      The police have to get out into the community and use tactics THAT WORK.  That’s probably too simplistic.  I’ll let others ponder whilst I drive through that community on the way to work.

      Posted by Stevo on 2006 04 03 at 05:02 PM • permalink


    1. Those damn hippie communes.

      Posted by Henry boy on 2006 04 03 at 05:28 PM • permalink


    1. “The Community” will remain silent until blood runs in the gutters, and then they’ll appeal to the authorities for help and scream racism when the help is too little too late.  Let them stew in their own juices.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2006 04 03 at 05:37 PM • permalink


    1. They’re tight-lipped.  Sounds like white guys.

      Posted by rhhardin on 2006 04 03 at 06:06 PM • permalink


    1. Quakers, eh? Society of Friends, my ass.

      Posted by andycanuck on 2006 04 03 at 06:42 PM • permalink


    1. Perhaps some ‘youths’ were involved.  Just a wild guess.

      Posted by cuckoo on 2006 04 03 at 06:58 PM • permalink


    1. Probably rugby league fanatics see:

      Posted by WeekByWeek on 2006 04 03 at 07:00 PM • permalink


    1. Wow! Tim Priest must be laughing himself sick. The snide SMH attempts to discredit him came just 4 weeks before he was totally vindicated by the Muslim Lebanese (sorry “community”) themselves.  Wonder if the SMH will come out and say they made an error? (just joking)

      Posted by allan on 2006 04 03 at 07:08 PM • permalink


    1. #1 AussieJim:
      The media are the reason why Iemma will be returned.  Iemma has already started his campaign through some ads being played on the wireless that bend the truth.  Gotta go …

      Posted by Stevo on 2006 04 03 at 07:29 PM • permalink


    1. This community seems to share much in common with the “community” in the Paris suburb apartment block that where subjected to the agonising cries of Elan Halemi for a week not one did phone the police to report them.

      Posted by davo on 2006 04 03 at 07:41 PM • permalink


    1. A candidate for Mark Steyn’s Voldemort award?

      Posted by jpaulg on 2006 04 03 at 09:00 PM • permalink


    1. Later that night on the way back to the station for a cuppa, the Police managed to arrest and charge a man for possession of a dangerous weapon – a tree branch.

      David Smith of Cronulla was found guilty and sentenced to 8 months jail under Morris Iemma’s new law and order provisions.

      Posted by Lucky Nutsacks on 2006 04 03 at 10:25 PM • permalink


    1. Man, come to America if you want some “communities.” We got ‘em to spare. “Neighborhoods,” too. They’re all over the damn place, “neighborhoods” are. There are also “areas,” America is rich in “areas,” especially those where one doesn’t want to walk into wearing a particular color birthday suit. While they may not be getting all City of God on our asses yet, there’s always that next wave of Islamic immigrants.

      Posted by ekw on 2006 04 03 at 11:37 PM • permalink


    1. According to a report in the Sunday Telegraph:

      ‘A 100-STRONG vigilante force of friends and relatives of the two young men shot dead at Granville last week yesterday vowed to avenge their deaths by hunting down the killer.

      ‘Champion boxer Bassam Chami, 26, and his childhood friend, Ibrahim Assaad, 25, were gunned down near a school in Blaxcell St on Wednesday night.

      “Everybody (in our community) knows who the killer is,” a relative of Mr Chami, who did not want to be named, said.’

      Pardon my naivety, but aren’t death threats against the law? If I threatened to hunt somebody down and kill him/her, I would be arrested immediately. So why have the police not seen fit to arrest these people who are making death threats?

      One law for Lebenese Muslim criminals and another law for the rest of us?

      Posted by dee on 2006 04 04 at 12:28 AM • permalink


    1. Why stop them from killing each other? Aren’t they doing a community service?

      Posted by waussie on 2006 04 04 at 12:35 AM • permalink


    1. My guess, it’s the Amish. They’ve got the form and the technology.

      Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2006 04 04 at 01:58 AM • permalink


    1. #18: Sounds about right; what with those high calibre tree branches.

      Posted by Henry boy on 2006 04 04 at 02:21 AM • permalink


    1. So what happens when historians are writing articles on early 21st Century Australia a hundred years from now?

      “This article will focus on the inherent difficulties involved in integrating communities within mainstream Australia”

      Posted by anthony27 on 2006 04 04 at 02:58 AM • permalink


    1. Doggydoo Hijab was out trying to get on Sixty minutes.  Max Markson take note.

      Posted by Howzat on 2006 04 04 at 03:00 AM • permalink


    1. #14 “Beards Bombs & Burkhas Vs Beers Blondes & Bacon”…..LOL, best pseudonym EVER!
      #20 Considering that the highest 2004 birthrates in NSW came from Bankstown (with Auburn and Merrylands also near the top) perhaps the historians name will be Mohammad Akmed and the article will be “This article will focus on how Australistan was brought into the Dar al-Islam under the noses of the suicidal and stupid infidels”.  Cradles in the south-west don’t just rock, they boom

      Posted by Tancred on 2006 04 04 at 03:44 AM • permalink


    1. #1 AussieJim

      Iemma knows that all he has to do in order to get re-elected is to appear to be not as bad as the Libs.

      Posted by tdw77 on 2006 04 04 at 04:00 AM • permalink


    1. I noticed in one of the papers (SMH i think), Habib was claiming to have been beaten, abused and robbed of nearly $800 by police when interviewed about the shooting.

      Now Mr Habib might be telling the gospel truth but my bets would be that he is pretty much programmed to scream about torture and brutality anytime someone comes near him. Wonder if any Habib supporters might just be wondering abut his credibility after this one.

      Posted by Francis H on 2006 04 04 at 04:15 AM • permalink


    1. Now now number 22 you know better than to tell the truth about Autralia’s demographic trajectory.  You are obviously a naughty white racist who is uninformed about the incredible contribution Lebanese Muslims have made to our community.  One example of their great generosity is the way they have allowed so many anglos the opportunity to experience the wonders of Morphine while in hospital after receiving a proper Koran-sanctioned beating.

      Posted by Willow76 on 2006 04 04 at 06:12 AM • permalink


    1. There’s currently a boom in gated communities.
      #14 …as you WOULD BVB….

      Posted by crash on 2006 04 04 at 08:18 AM • permalink


    1. #1 AussieJim.  Iemma and his mate Morry are history. Debnam has made the right noises – that’s all he has to do.  The media aren’t a factor.

      Posted by Brett_McS on 2006 04 04 at 08:24 AM • permalink


    1. of course it’s the Plymouth Brethren…

      Posted by KK on 2006 04 04 at 08:30 AM • permalink


    1. #27 i will really miss Eel Boy

      Posted by KK on 2006 04 04 at 08:33 AM • permalink


    1. I’m predicting a youth explosion out southwest.

      Posted by Henry boy on 2006 04 04 at 04:22 PM • permalink


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