- Religion and Philosophy
Sidney Hostage Crisis
Islamic Extremists. Oh, what a heavy word. It's the word synonymous with terrorist groups such as Al-Qaeda, Taliban, Boko Haram, Hamas, Hezbollah and the dreaded Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. This man, Man Haron Monis, appears to have no links to any terrorist group. But he boasts a black flag with Arabic letters written on it. In fact, it appears to be the same flag used by ISIS. I was quite shocked when I woke up last Monday and opened the boob tube to BBC World News to find that this hostage crisis was on the headlines. That's Australia, for crying out loud! It's approximately 3,000 miles from where I live! I'm actually afraid of becoming a hostage, although, I'm sure I'd fight back against a lone wolf. Or at least die trying.
Now, I mean no offense to Islam and Muslims. I want to make that very clear. I am in no way against Islam or Muslims. Just as there are Christians who are also extremists, there are also Islam extremists. I respect Islam and I know several Muslims and we get along ok. The problem therein is that some people take Islam too far. The Taliban are a prime example. They believe that a woman's face is one of the sources of corruption and that all women MUST wear a burqa or meet their Maker via a public execution.
Can you believe that? A woman's face is a source of corruption? The nerve of the group! They don't want women to go to school plainly because they don't want women to reason out and so they can rule and spread lies and make women feel worthless all they want. That's feminine oppression, I might add. What are they, the most righteous bastards in the world? It's true that Muslim women have very little role to play in Islam (correct me if I'm wrong, though), but the Taliban are just absolute pricks. The Taliban are also notoriously destructive and careless about human life. They force you to leave their house so they can use it and once their done, BANG! You just got two holes in your body. For helping them.
Another example is, of course, the group that caused that dreaded September 11th day in 2001. Al-Qaeda. They believe that America is the Great Satan, as if that word isn't shameless. So America is the Great Satan because it helps the Middle East get richer? And Al-Qaeda is the Great Deliverer because it kills nearly 3,000 people (Non-Muslim believers) and celebrate with a party after committing mass murder? Brilliant. Just bloody brilliant. Nice going, Osama.
When The hostage taking took place, I'm sure Australia was caught of guard. It, along with four other Western countries have what I like to call Cyber Monitoring. They have a site for something called Project Echelon. In case you don't know what that is, it's a collection of surveillance equipment to monitor anything and everything you type, input or post online. Even your daily routines are being monitored. I'm sure they know I'm writing this and you, dear reader, are being monitored reading this post. If you're wondering how this Project Echelon site looks like, think of giant golf balls in close proximity in an open field.
To cut to the chase, I'm actually surprised that they didn't pick this man up with all their advanced equipment. Maybe he didn't post anything online about his passion for extremism? Or maybe Australia wasn't taking him seriously? There are many reasons why he was able to do this treacherous and evil act. However, those two are all I can think of. He was a suspect to sexually assaulting or harassing 40 Australian women. I don't know if he served any jail time for that, though.
The Australian Secret Intelligence Service was reported to have known about an attack; preemptive knowledge. But the Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, said something about no concrete evidence and therefore, endangered 50 innocent civilians. I'm not in any way condemning or condoning PM Abbott's decision. Rather, I'm saying that he should have taken the threat with more degree of seriousness. And because of that, two innocent civilians were killed. This day is like September 11, 2001. The CIA had knowledge of an imminent attack on U.S. soil, but they didn't take it seriously. And America got nailed. Now, it's near impossible to do that again because everyone is being monitored and because every single threat, be it small, medium or large scale is treated with the most intense degree of seriousness. Sure, 9/11 killed nearly 3,000 and Australia lost only 2, but still. Life is life. Once it's gone, that's it. It's gone. If you don't value human life, you're good for nothing.
Now you might ask yourself, "how did he slip?" No one knows. Or maybe someone does know and won't tell us. Conspiracy Theorists will be out and about raging on about how Australia's Secret Intelligence Service is incompetent and untrustworthy. It's true that Australia has Project Echelon and that all communications are monitored, but this guy was most definitely not electronically engaged. Otherwise, he'd have been caught before he woke up and got out of bed. Or maybe he was online and he was allowed to attack because of some high level bureaucrat or democrat allowed him to. Call me a conspiracy theorist or whatever you like, but it could happen. I mean, 9/11 was caused because of high level passiveness and tolerance. This could very well be the same. Was it passive tolerance? Perhaps. I used to watch a tv series called: Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura. And for a time, I actually thought he and his co-conspirators and collaborators was telling the truth. I soon realized that he's an obnoxious, in-your-face, pompous freak.
So how should I end this review? I'd like to summarize. First, Islam is not to be blamed. Rather Islamic radicals, extremists and thugs. I know some of you would say that it's the most evil religion on Earth. The religion of peace, yet is the same religion that spawns cold-hearted, merciless imbeciles that kill people for the fun of killing. Second, Australia's Secret Intelligence Service may or may not have caused a conspiracy to provoke Australia to increase anti-terror operations. I mean, Australia's a relatively peaceful country. It's never gone to war for years. Maybe even before The Great War, also known as World War One. Third, it needs better surveillance technology and possibly monitoring all Middle-Eastern immigrants. There's no other way I can think of preventing this from happening again.
Perhaps it's time the Land Down Under adopts the surveillance and scanning technology of the United States. I mean, when it comes to terrorist detection, surveillance and prevention, it would appear that the U.S. is the leading nation. It hasn't had any real terrorist attacks recently, say for the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombings. In fact, if you are in the States, you're more likely to be killed by a gangster, a gunman or a serial killer than a terrorist.
So there you have it, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, mates of class and friends of old. If Australia is to be more anti-terrorist capable, it should adopt or purchase American anti-terror technology.