|Taken by me in 2013 on Australian East Coast|
There are reasons why Australia is called "the lucky country".
We have religious and political freedom and live far away from trouble on the largest island in the world.
Relatively....Safe, Peaceful and Blessed.
No, of course it's not perfect. Just ask any refugee who tries to make it by boat only to be dragged off to sit it out in a neighbouring country waiting to taste 'freedom'.
But, perhaps our luck is running out.
Because the largest anti terrorism operation ever seen in Australia occurred early this morning in raids across Sydney and Brisbane.
Why? Because security officers had intercepted telephone calls between people who had hatched plans designed to “shock” and “horrify” the community, involving the “random selection of persons to rather gruesomely execute”.
In other words they planned to kidnap people off public streets and behead them with a sword, film it and put in on social media.
All in support of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
Like, what the hell? Aren't those people in the Middle East somewhere? Far away?
No. Apparently not.
And what have I heard people say all day in reaction to these raids?
This is just a pathetic beat up by the Government to turn people's attention away from internal domestic politics.Seriously. People have their heads buried in the sand (which after today's arrests may have been the safest place for them... but....).
It's time to get REAL.
ISIL is growing rapidly and exponentially. In every country.
According to the CIA, the group has tripled its size in three months and it is seriously cashed up and armed.
And alarmingly, hundreds of vulnerable young kids from Canada, Britain, Australia, the US, Europe and other largely non Muslim nations are being recruited on the ground by ISIS supporters and targeted by social media campaigns to run away and join them.
Surely, the absolute last thought that crosses a parent’s mind when their young teenager goes missing is that they fled the country to join a terrorist organisation.
An organisation so violent that even al-Queda wants nothing to do with them.
Most recruits are young men but many females are also joining.
Just read the media headlines to see how young some of these recruits are;
- A 19 year old Gold Coast female extremist shot and dismembered in Syria
- MORE Australian women joining the jihadists
- French 14 year old detained on suspicion of travelling to Syria
- Two Austrian teenagers, 14 and 15, who joined the Islamic State are persuading other teenagers to follow suit
- Six arrested in France over female Jihadi recruitment
- Spain locks up 14 year old on way to Syria
- Austrian poster girl Jihadist believed to have been killed
- Three young Minnesota women have travelled to Syria to support the ISIS terror group.
|Two teenage Austrian girls who became the postergirls of ISIS, one of them was recently killed in Syria|
How do you go from being a teenager in middle America, Austria, Australia to pledging allegiance to the blood thirsty Islamic State?
If ever this World needed strong leadership and our kids needed strong guidance it is now.
However, I am just not sure how you fight this kind of war when social media is being used so successfully to recruit, captivate and promote a cause. The tentacles are getting longer all the time unless something is done to halt its growth.
We need to be talking about it with kids not pretending it does not exist. And hopefully the world's leaders will do what is necessary to stop this evil spreading further. Because, as with every organisation of its type, there is someone sitting at the top making a grab for power. They need to be removed. Quickly.