Attorney General Julie Bishop says there are currently 150 known such Australians in such a situation. Prime Minister Tony Abbott says they will now not be allowed back into Australia. (www.dailymail.co.uk)
These three friends were good at what they were engaged in. If a notch on a belt was applicable, their belts had plenty. They had not only became highly trained but were in the thick of it for months on end. They became cold to suffering and death. Moreover they could give chapter and verse to the indoctrination.
Their stint comes to an end. There are many reasons why they need to get back and back they go, now with a head full of political agony to what they now consider the only way forward and a brilliant knowledge of weaponry, house to house fighting, terror strategy and tactics.
The suburban life of peace and boredom might sound good after such a hectic and adrenalin soged experiences and it does touch the spot for a few days, maybe a week and then something else takes control. Everything of the West is anathema to their new destructive philosophy, Islamist submission and Sharia Law.
Unlawful under Sharia Law
Both the Australian and British Parliaments have now raised this issue. In Australia it has gained significant airways in both the general media and in talk-back. Should Australia allow these violent filled people back in Australia whether they have Australian passports or not. Australia is saying no. Go wage your horror elsewhere. The Attorney General has said that some passports have already been cancelled.
One newspaper report has 300 young Muslims from Australia heading for the Middle East with this current Iraq drama. (www.news.com.au)
The issue has now become a hot potato in Britain too. There is not one realistic British MP who not unaware of what the problem could become and has constituencies that are very frightened of what it all might mean in their suburban streets. Britain has a particular issue with burrows and districts crowded with like minded acolytes. The British Parliament has now also been made aware of such concerns by education authorities. (www.assistnews.net)
France now is dealing with precisely such an issue where a Jihadist who went to Syria fighting has returned and at the Belgium Jewish Museum gunned down several. (www.news.com.au)
A life of prevention
In a recent article by Soeren Kern who is a Senior Fellow at the New York-based Gatestone Institute. He is also Senior Fellow for European Politics at the Madrid-based Grupo de Estudios EstratÃ©gicos / Strategic Studies Group published in UCI recently, clarity prevails. (unitycoalitionforisrael.org)
Soeren Kern reports that more than 100 Dutch Muslims travelled to Syria in 2013 with the intention of taking part in jihadist activities there, and at least 20 battle-hardened jihadists have since returned to the Netherlands, posing a significant threat to national security, according to a new report published by the Dutch intelligence agency AIVD.
Further: the AIVD annual report for 2013 was presented by Interior Minister Ronald Plasterk and AIVD head Rob Bertholee in The Hague on April 23. In contrast to previous years, when the main security threat was deemed to be a cyber-attack, the principal concern in this year's report is the mounting threats posed by the returning jihadists, as well as by Muslim hate preachers who are using the Internet to radicalise young Dutch Muslims and incite them to violence.
And more: the report warns that the presence of European fighters in Syria provides the jihadist groups active there with an "excellent opportunity to recruit individuals familiar with our region to commit acts of terrorism here." In addition, returnees could "exploit their status as veterans to radicalize others in the Netherlands." Overall, AIVD's primary concern is about the radicalizing influence that Dutch jihadists will exert on Muslim communities in the Netherlands.
It goes on: the vast majority of Dutch jihadists in Syria have joined one of two rebel groups, the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant [ISIL] or Jabhat al-Nusra [JaN]. AIVD believes that at least ten individuals from the Netherlands were killed in 2013, including two Dutch jihadists who blew themselves up in suicide attacks (one in Syria and one in Iraq).
It's an image of death
Of more concern: as well as potentially posing a direct threat, returnees from Syria (and now Iraq) might also have a radicalizing and mobilizing effect upon fellow Muslims. In the Netherlands, they could "act as the catalyst pushing some young people already attracted by a radical strand of Islam into militant activism," the report says. "That could strengthen local radical groups and spread their message to a wider audience."
And what is more - they have crossed the line from rhetoric to action. Effectively, the organizations have thus become actual jihadist networks with their core members fighting in Syria and, at home, a wider group of supporters engaged in ever more fervent propaganda. Social media are used to disseminate stories about 'brothers' on the front line in Al Sham (Syria) and the deaths of their 'martyrs.'"
I invite you to read the article Muslims to get the full moment of these considerations and why western democracies are not a little put out.
Further, Soeren Kern writes that forty percent of Moroccan immigrants in the Netherlands between the ages of 12 and 24 have been arrested, fined, charged or otherwise accused of committing a crime during the past five years, according to recent research. In Dutch neighbourhoods where the majority of residents are Moroccan immigrants, the youth crime rate reaches 50%.
In an interview with Dutch Public Radio 1, Mustapha Abbou, a former Labor Party councillor in the city of Eindhoven, said many Moroccan youths in the Netherlands have "no education, no prospects and are barely supervised. They are a ticking time bomb."
At last someone is listening. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbot has expressed his grave concerns and will now not allow any known such person back into Australia.
Dr Mark Tronson is a Baptist minister (retired) who served as the Australian cricket team chaplain for 17 years (2000 ret) and established Life After Cricket in 2001. He was recognised by the Olympic Ministry Medal in 2009 presented by Carl Lewis Olympian of the Century. He mentors young writers and has written 24 books, and enjoys writing. He is married to Delma, with four adult children and grand-children.
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