Tuesday, 6 October 2015

No Saccharin

Facing Up to the Hard Truth

A terrible crime has been committed in Sydney.  An Iraqi-Kurdish teenager has shot a man in a cold-blooded murder.

Such things are horrendous--and in our view, require the death penalty--which was duly administered in the course of the fracas.  Police officers returned fire and the teen was killed.  One aspect of the crime and its aftermath is particularly pleasing.  It is salutary the way Australian authorities have not tried to cover over or sanitise evil with politically correct saccharin.

They have stared evil in the face and they have called it for what it is.

Earlier today, NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione confirmed that the shooter was of Iraqi-Kurdish background and born in Iran.  “We believe that his actions were politically motivated and therefore linked to terrorism,” Scipione told reporters in Sydney. . . .

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has described the terror-related shooting as a “cold-blooded murder”.  “This appears to have been an act of politically motivated violence so at this stage it appears to have been an act of terrorism. It is a shocking crime. It was a cold-blooded murder,” he told reporters in Melbourne.  [News.com.au]
Looking evil acts in the face and calling them for what they are is an important part of dealing with them.

In the meantime, we lament the grief and suffering which has fallen upon the victim's family, friends, and colleagues.  He must not go unnamed:
He shot a civilian police employee, Curtis Cheng, in the back of the head as the “gentle” father-of-two was leaving work on Friday.  Police identified the victim as . . .  a 17-year veteran of the police finance department.  “He was a much loved man, been with us a long time. I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone have a bad word about Curtis, and he will be missed,” Mr Scipione said.  Mr Cheng — a father-of-two, of a son and a daughter — was shot at point blank range by the teen as he leaving work.
And the motivations of the murderer?
Witnesses have told The Saturday Telegraph that after shooting dead the civilian employee, the teenager ran up and down in front of police headquarters waving his handgun in the air and shouting: “Allah. Allah.”  It was then that two special constables on security duty ran from the police building and shot the gunman dead.
When jihad is declared (as it has been) anything and everything is permissible, being the will of Allah.  Behold the religion of peace.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Maybe its time to face the fact that we are at war with radical Islam and treat these types of killings as a military matter as opposed to a civilian crime. My understanding is that the captured enemy, when out of uniform, is not given the same respect that an enemy in uniform is - shooting was the normal response. How terrible that it has come to this.