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The Sydney Morning Herald’s Miranda Devine:

In the wake of last week’s counter-terrorism raids, Treasurer Peter Costello declared: “We will never be an Islamic state. We will never observe sharia law … We will always be a democracy.”

Islamic extremists should leave Australia if they oppose a “secular state with a democratic system and independent courts—and equality for women”.

It seemed a reasonable, refreshingly unambiguous statement, echoing the sentiments of most Australians, Muslims and non-Muslims alike. Yet it was condemned as “unjustified, unacceptable and hatred-instigating” by the Lebanese Muslim Association.

So leave, already.

UPDATE. Powerline’s John Hinderaker applauds Costello. So does Italy’s Il Lupo di Gubbio, signing off with this Google-translated message:

Dear Dr. Costello, thanks, thanks, thanks of heart. It has illuminated me the day.

Costello’s full comments may be found here; a follow-up interview is here.

Posted by Tim B. on 11/12/2005 at 01:55 PM
    1. I think the Americanism “Don’t let the door hit you on the arse on the way out” is very apt here.

      Posted by Rob Read on 2005 11 12 at 03:50 PM • permalink


    1. Yet it was condemned as “unjustified, unacceptable and hatred-instigating” by the Lebanese Muslim Association.

      I uncategorically condemn the response by the Lebanese Muslim Association as unjustified, unacceptable and hatred-instigating.  I want reparations.

      Posted by wronwright on 2005 11 12 at 03:57 PM • permalink


    1. We can all learn something about hate-instigating from the fill in the blank Muslim Association”.

      Posted by Arty on 2005 11 12 at 04:22 PM • permalink


    1. You can’t accuse the Muslims of originality. They are just recycling old left wing notions of an evil arrogant west and minority victim hood .

      Muslim terror and the Lefts cultural self loathing.

      Welcome to the scary century.

      Posted by gubbaboy on 2005 11 12 at 04:44 PM • permalink


    1. Don’t even think of coming here (the US).

      Posted by blerp on 2005 11 12 at 04:56 PM • permalink


    1. Now you’ve done it. Gone and upset that highly influential mainstream representative of Muslims in Lakemba, Sydney. What to do?

      Is there any further opinion on these nasty comments by the Treasurer from the Judean Peoples Front?

      Posted by CB on 2005 11 12 at 05:45 PM • permalink


    1. Well, well, well… this is the first time I’ve seen precisely the reaction that the French should be using with their problems; basically “…if you want to live in the 7th Century, go to Iran.  No one is stopping you…” and, as Rob pointed out… “and don’t let the door hit you in the arse on your way out.”

      Congratulations to Peter Costello!  😀

      Posted by mamapajamas on 2005 11 12 at 07:02 PM • permalink


    1. I think the people of Australia should demand that the Lebanese Muslim Association detail exactly which words in Mr. Costello’s statements were “unjustified, unacceptable and hatred-instigating”.  Come on.  Show us your real face, LMA.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2005 11 12 at 07:07 PM • permalink


    1. They just dont get it. How dumb do you have to be to realise that allowing extremists to live, worship, and recruit within the “mainstream” of your community isnt acceptable.
      I wouldnt piss on a neo nazi, so why do some feel it neccesary to coddle muslim facists?

      Posted by thefrollickingmole on 2005 11 12 at 07:09 PM • permalink


    1. I got the same thing last night at the counterprotest.  Car pulls up, window rolls down in a cloud of cigarette smoke, and Abdul leans out and points at my sign (“Pray for peace so Al Quaeda will kill you last”) and:

      “You are spreading wrong information.”
      “Tell it to the Jordanians.”

      (a beat) “You are spreading wrong information.”
      “Tell it to the Jordanians.”

      He seemed baffled that I was talking back to him; may have been the first time it happened in Los Angeles.

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2005 11 12 at 07:16 PM • permalink


    1. Out There Hilaly:
      He is quoted in yesterday’s SMH as saying that “the Australian Muslim community is part of the solution, not part of the problem.”
      This would make a nice caption under those photos of muslim men beating up a cameraman in the street recently.
      Another caption idea: “Muslims fearful of backlash”.
      Europe is reaping the whirlwind for allowing migration and assimilation policy to be hostage to political correctness for so long.
      We must be adamant that we have a national identity (encompassing a degree of diversity) and a great way of life. Inherent in that is an expectation that migrants pass muster on tolerance and commitment to peaceful co-existence, and, yes, assimilation.
      It is easy to spot those who are blatantly opposed to our way. They say many things which indicate arrogance and intolerance to an extreme degree. It is to be regretted that there are not more in the commentariat who will give an honest appraisal of what we are up against.

      Posted by blogstrop on 2005 11 12 at 07:42 PM • permalink


    1. Look, it’s very simple:

      Jihadists want to kill us.
      We want to live.
      Libs want split the difference and find “common ground.

      I mean, what gets you haters so torqued about this, y’know…?


      Posted by The Sanity Inspector on 2005 11 12 at 08:50 PM • permalink


    1. blerp

      No room for them here, we’ve got CAIR and the DNC.

      Posted by Abu Qa’Qa on 2005 11 12 at 09:12 PM • permalink


    1. Costello’s brave statement may have been prompted by political asylum Australia granted to self confessed militants during the 90s and until 2001, when immigration authorities were easily fooled y ignorance of Jihad and the ambient multiculturism. None of this on Howard’s watch.
      A search of Refugee Review Tribunal records between 1993 and 2001 reveals that scores of self-confessed militants from Algeria and Egypt asked for and, in many cases, were granted political asylum after convincing authorities they were fleeing persecution, jail and torture.

      [Please copy and paste all three parts of the link into your browser address field without spaces. And please in the future do not load long urls as it breaks the design of the page. Visit the Pmcode link above the comment box for formatting and linking tips. Thank you. The Management.]

      Others claimed to be former members of Islamist groups, such as Algeria’s GIA (Armed Islamic Group) or Egypt’s al-Jihad before becoming disillusioned with the culture of assassination and brutality and choosing to desert. Al-Jihad (Holy War) is a secret organisation of militant Muslims. It split from the Muslim Brotherhood and is responsible for the assassination of President Anwar Sadat in 1981 and bomb attacks on tourists.

      Posted by davo on 2005 11 12 at 09:44 PM • permalink


    1. Davo, Howard’s watch began in 1996.

      Posted by slatts on 2005 11 12 at 10:19 PM • permalink


    1. Any society which systematically oppresses women will have narcissistic, entitled, men.

      It is very bad for your development to pass your mother in status when you are still a complete twerp.  You lose incentive to grow up any further.

      Now watch, someone’s going to come in and think I was talking about Western Civilization…

      Posted by Assistant Village Idiot on 2005 11 12 at 10:20 PM • permalink


    1. Some relevant stories in The Australian:

      The day one man infected a community with hatred

      Mufti condemns raids as race-driven

      Posted by Evil Pundit on 2005 11 12 at 10:49 PM • permalink


    1. I’m still unclear as to why the members of the Lebanese Muslim Association aren’t in Lebanon.  Don’t they know where it is?

      Posted by JorgXMcKie on 2005 11 12 at 11:07 PM • permalink


    1. Kim Stanley Robinson, in one of his novels, described Arab Muslims succinctly:

      …Their thinking clashed radically with Western thought; for instance the separation of church and state was wrong to them, making it impossible for them to agree with Westerners’ on the very basis of government… And indeed these men had the dangerous look that Frank associated with machismo, the look of men who oppressed their women so cruelly that naturally the women struck back where they could, terrorizing sons who then terrorized wives who terrorized sons and so on and so on, in an endless death spiral of twisted love and sex hatred.  So that in that sense they were all madmen.

      It’s just a novel, but he’s studied Islam and Arab culture extensively.  Sounds plausible to me.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2005 11 12 at 11:27 PM • permalink


    1. members of the Lebanese Muslim Association aren’t in Lebanon.
      well i guess they’ve ethnically cleansed the Maronites from their country and are now looking further afield for more infidels.
      Sorry about the Howard watch , does’nt time fly when you’re enjoying a yourself. is it really that long?
      I guess the old school of “we were never members of the SS” refugees who conned their way in thru the 50s, were far more preferable than this mob.

      Posted by davo on 2005 11 12 at 11:30 PM • permalink


    1. #9: Mole, I believe the expression is “I wouldn’t piss on a [enter name of obnoxious group or individual here] if his heart was on fire”.

      Posted by paco on 2005 11 12 at 11:30 PM • permalink


    1. And please in the future do not load long urls as it breaks the design of the page.

      I recommend TinyURL for creating shortcuts to long linky links.

      Posted by The Sanity Inspector on 2005 11 12 at 11:48 PM • permalink


    1. Its pretty obvious to those of us who have been following Islam for a while. First, immigrate to a western country. Second, commence putting pressure on the host country by constant demands for special treatment, ‘grievances’ and general refusal to adhere to the social mores and laws of the country. Then when the people and the govt. finally get sick of it and start cracking down, accuse them of ‘racism’ and ‘Islamophobia’ and pretend Muslims are the real victims, rather than the country that has been changed forever by allowing them in.

      Posted by dee on 2005 11 12 at 11:58 PM • permalink


    1. It is okay to accept refugees and immigrants and provide them with shelter and jobs but these people must follow the laws of their new place and respect its culture just like they want to have their own cultures respected and they must not be allowed to change the shape of the host country.
      I’m not sure I can write this and make sense but I believe that European governments and large parts of the natives there failed to distinguish between oppressed people and wanted fascist extremists who fled their native countries; the first group fled their original countries looking for a better place where they can live a real life and grant their children a chance for a better future and they do deserve to be given the opportunity to do this in a place other than their dictators-ruled countries while the latter; well, they want to take over in any place they happen to exist in and they want to impose their vision on others without the least respect for their hosts.
      If things continue to move the way they’re doing now, I’m afraid Europe will wake up some day to find itself infested with extremism to a degree that could possibly surpass what we see in many of today’s Muslim countries.
      So says Omar at Iraq The Model

      Posted by blogstrop on 2005 11 13 at 12:05 AM • permalink


    1. multiculturalism in australia was dreamed up by the labor party to attract voters

      the process goes:
      1 identify target ethnic/cultural group with lots of unaligned voters
      2 encourage that group to maintain its cultural difference, perhaps by forming “cultural associations”
      3 provide grants for programs that foster apartness (eg teaching arabic to children born in australia, while cutting funding to volunteer groups teaching english to new migrants)& gratitude for government largesse
      4 encourage funded groups to see themselves as an oppressed minority
      5 manipulate funded groups to vote labor by saying the nasty racist liberals will cut funding, remove their cultural freedom & take community organisers off welfare
      6 set up a department of (insert name of state here) communities to increase & promote social fragmentation by ensuring money goes to the more extreme groups, & to entrench culktural handout culture in the bureacracy – pioneered right here in braxtopia, where a raft of bureaucrats depends for its existence solely on maintaining social division

      Posted by KK on 2005 11 13 at 12:25 AM • permalink


    1. Name one non islamic country where ther has been peacefull coexistence with immigrant muslim communities.
      And when the Islamist to hit, they cover their tracks by featuring a host of “Islamic public relations spokesmen” who tell us it is all our fault and islam is the ROP. its the same old story evry time.experts in the art of “taqiya”, the art of fooling the enemies of Islam into a false sense of security before you hit them again.
      Now the Brits who are almost fully fledged dhimmies of Islam have surpassed even their own cretinous srandards.
      The imbeciles of the Labour party having thrown out the new anti terror laws against the wishes of the British public have appointed a “commitee” on how to deal with Islamic terrorism afetr the London Bombings.
      The make up of the commitee to be politically correct is peppered with muslims
      and yes you’ve got it – its all our fault we had it coming.
      The proposed FO list of foreign extremist (surely it already exists) is confontanional and will be seenas oppresive
      Anti terror measures will lead to even more radicalsation of young muslims. etc etc
      Instead Brits need to combat islamophobia by including the ROP sedatives in the National curricullum.
      Time to shed a few tears for the old country.,,1640204,00.html

      Posted by davo on 2005 11 13 at 12:47 AM • permalink


    1. One of their real faces,Rebecca H,is their lawyer Mr Houda..
      Davo -you forgot the Jemah Islamir leaders who were allowed in from Indonesia fourteen years ago.They claimed they were fleeing from religious persecution in Indonesia and were allowed in on those grounds.Proof of this was a current affairs tape (amazingly) handed to Asio by the abc,the tape being from that time.Thus when these people denied being J.I. after they were picked up a few years back,the authorities could challenge their denials.Some escaped however by heading back to Indonesia on false passports.(back to religious persecution no doubt?) One was teaching at an Australlian Islamic College and later found to be a fully fledged terrorist.

      Posted by crash on 2005 11 13 at 01:03 AM • permalink


    1. fdee you forgot to mention “become a financial and diplomatic burden.“It used to cost $60,000 for each illegal immigrant to go into the system,probably more now.
      Not to mention the massive cost of coastal surveillance,customs searches and intelligence,anti terrorism police,ASIO and surveillance of public buildings,water supplies etc,airport and aircraft surveillance- not too mention the cost of multiculturism and it’s services.
      All of this does NOT apply to peaceful immigrants who mix equally with Aussies and become valued citizens,no matter what nationality or religion.Their first loyalty must be to us.

      Posted by crash on 2005 11 13 at 01:13 AM • permalink


    1. thefrollickingmole:

      Re #9 :

      I wouldnt piss on a neo nazi…

      Hmmmm… I would. Trouble is, he’d probably enjoy it.

      Posted by Zoe Brain on 2005 11 13 at 03:15 AM • permalink


    1. Every bully claims he is a victim.

      Posted by Inurbanus on 2005 11 13 at 03:34 AM • permalink


    1. Comments like these are why I prefer Costello over Howard, he makes so much sense unlike his tree hugging brother Tim Costello. I’m sure these terrorists could find employment in Palestine or Iraq, places where their skills would be appreciated.

      Posted by cjblair on 2005 11 13 at 05:21 AM • permalink


    1. blogstrop

      Plain words and good sense from Omar.  Refreshing to read.

      Posted by Inurbanus on 2005 11 13 at 05:51 AM • permalink


    1. Bob Hawke and Paul Keating are responsible for Lakemba. Very interesting backgrounder here.  Perhaps Tim Blair can dig up the Bulleting archival photos referenced therein.

      The equivalent today would be letting in all of Hamas on the basis of claims they might be ‘persecuted’ by Israel. Unfortunately much of the damage is done, the horse has bolted and the obvious remedy is considered far too unsavoury for people to even discuss.

      I wonder (and dread) what it will take before this perception changes.

      Posted by Dan Lewis on 2005 11 13 at 06:47 AM • permalink


    1. Davo, I have been feeling down about Britain. I’ve had this song going through my head the last few days:

      ANTI-NOWHERE LEAGUE – (I Don’t Believe) This Is My England lyrics

      Do you remember when Britannia ruled the waves?
      Do you remember saying we shall not be slaves?
      Do you remember those good old days?
      And can you remember the strength of ‘44?
      How we united to win that war
      But will you remember when the Empire is no more?

      No I don’t believe this is my England
      No I don’t believe this is my England

      We chained down the lion
      And let the world sit in
      We build up our armies so destruction can begin
      But will we ever learn the enemy lies within?

      No I don’t believe this is my England
      No I don’t believe this is my England
      No I don’t believe this is my England
      Where are you now?

      She whispers…
      Divided we fall…United we stand
      United we stand

      Would you like to feel the heart move back again?
      Would you like to see the lion break its chain?
      Or could it ever really be the same again?

      No I don’t believe this is my England…

      Posted by Nilknarf Arbed on 2005 11 13 at 07:35 AM • permalink


    1. O/T

      Controversial archbishop Dr Peter Jensen attacks the Secular Left’s conception of Australian history in the first of the Boyer lectures. Amazing the ABC didn’t censor it… 😉

      You can listen here –

      Posted by CraigS on 2005 11 13 at 08:02 AM • permalink


    1. #35   Yeah CraigS it was a really interesting lecture,very thoughtfully presented and the first Boyer lecture that I felt actually could be applied to mainstream Australia.Thank you aunty and looking forward immensely to the next lecture.Derived much enjoyment from the music which followed the segment and felt it was appropriate (along with the lecture) because we are in the Christmas season…
      Even more oddly it was introduced by Terry Lane.Weird things occuring at abc but!
      Feel like I’ve sighted a U.F.O…..

      Posted by crash on 2005 11 13 at 08:18 AM • permalink


    1. Dan Lewis (33). You can find photos from that event at this site (Whitlam, Hawkey, Unsworth, El-Hilaly etc – all fittingly lined up like suspects)…very damning commentary as well.

      Posted by Srekwah on 2005 11 13 at 08:48 AM • permalink


    1. Bravo for Costello. It’s refreshing to hear someone in the West speak plainly.

      Posted by ahem on 2005 11 13 at 02:12 PM • permalink


  1. Debra Franklin
    A moving poem… thank for that.
    I left GB for Aus in the early nineties.
    It was a civilisation in decay ready for the plucking even then.
    My warnings then on the coming threat of Islamic extremism were denied and made me an non person amongst the elite leftist graduates of the LSE and other Unis.
    I cannot gloat in forecasting the mayhem that is now beginnig to tale shape. yes, Enoch was a racist because he did not understand the threat of Islam and targeted “asian and west Indians” . His views did untold harm to the truth : namely that multiculturism falls flat only when it comes to Islamic immigration for reasons that are now plain to see.
    Unfortunately Britain was hijacked by the old ex marxist graduates of the anti vietnam demonstrators of the seventies. they invaded the media , educational facilities and the government and we see the results today
    BTW Bat Ye’or is speaking tonight in London at 7.15 at 10, St James Square, W1

    Posted by davo on 2005 11 13 at 11:30 PM • permalink