Thursday, January 25, 2007

Tim Blair issues fatwa on Sydney Iraqis

Good news to all those Sydney-siders of Iraqi heritage. Tim Blair, the Opinion Page Editor of the Daily Telegraph, has just announced that he doesn't regard you all as psychopathic.

The following post was made on his blog on 24 January 2007 ...

Bomb threats in Sydney:

An Arabic newspaper in Sydney says it fears its office will be blown up after a man claiming to represent al-Qaeda in Australia left a threatening telephone message ...

The caller was said to have claimed his “well structured organisation” would destroy the paper’s offices in Sydney and Melbourne and track down its reporters. “We will destroy the paper’s headquarters in Sydney very soon, God willing … you will be butchered,” the caller is alleged to have said.

"Every Iraqi Kurd and Shiite in Australia will be butchered."


Similar threats have previously been made against non-psychopathic Sydney Iraqis.


Blair effectively implies that Iraqis are, by definition, psychopathic.

Gee, that's so nice of you to say that, Mr Blair. I'm sure our troops serving in Iraq will be so grateful to you for expressing your sentiments on Iraqis. I'm sure they will feel more secure in the knowledge that a senior editor of a major Sydney newspaper has described Iraqis (or at least those in Sydney) as psychopathic.

This is the sort of responsible journalism and blogging that will no doubt go a long way toward winning the war of hearts and minds in Iraq.

John Howard and Alexander Downer may be hoping that the civil war in Iraq is ended and that peace and democracy are restored. Perhaps they are being giving Iraqis too much credit. Perhaps Downer should get advice on the true disposition of Iraqis from a senior DT editor.

© Irfan Yusuf 2007

14 comments:

Anonymous said...
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Anonymous said...

Actually, Irf, Blair comes nowhere near to implying that (all) Iraqis are psychopathic. He's imlpying (well, stating really) that some are.

Read it again - if that doesn't convince you I'll go through a close reading.

Reader said...

Anon @ 329, I've read not just the post but all the comments on Blair's blog. It's pretty clear what he means. Still, that's why he's employed by a racist paper ...

Anonymous said...

Muslims are NOT A RACE! I wish people would get clear on that ...

Blair is saying that people who threaten to blow up newspaper offices are psychopaths (I have no problem with this logic). People who don't are not. Pretty simple.

"God willing, you will be butchered" is disgusting. The only quibble is whether it comes from some dumb alienated kid, or an organised group funded by a Muslim government and defended by Muslim scholars.

Anonymous said...

3:29, feel free to explain.

Anonymous said...

Happy White Australia Day. Fly all those Australian Flags and let the hankie heads know that the Union Jack means that we are a Christian nation flying the flags of Saint George, Saint Andrew and Saint Patrick.There will never be a muslim crescent on our Holy flag! Anyone who is not prepared to kiss the Christian flag will get what is coming to them. It was the Union Flag that flew over Gallipoli as our brave Anzacs fought the muslims who had declared war and declared jihad on Western Civilisation. It was the Union Jack on the Australian Flag that was flown at Cronulla in response to the muslim invasion. Our flag is a flag of love for Australia and a flag of hate and resistance against the muslim invaders, rapists, thieves, islam breeders and race enemies.

Anonymous said...

Bugger. Just as I get up a thin head of steam for a sort of heavily qualified patriotism, you (and I'm sure that you are one of the Australia First loonies) come along and destroy it.

It's precisely morons like you who 'remind' immigrant communities that they are really virile warriors defending thewir women, children and god. Left alone they would be perfectly amiable Aussies.

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Anonymous said...

Happy White Australia Day!

I had one!

There are millions more true Australians than those that join the Australia First Party. Some of us are also in the ALP, Liberal, and National Parties.

The Australian Flag has grown in popularity in recent times, and will not be changed this millenium. If you do not like it, leave.

Happy White Australia Day!

yl said...
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Anonymous said...

7:30 Report, ABC, Australia Day, a former Muslim who claims Islam and Western Democracy are incompatible.

Kerry O'Brien coming up....

Anonymous said...

Iryaan Hirsi Ali is a true patriot.

Anonymous said...

"immigrant communities that they are really virile warriors defending their women, children"

You make the muslims sound like baboons. Stinking bearded muslims are actually noisy annoying monkeys.

The Australian government will exterminate them in the coming alcoholocaust

Anonymous said...

Iyaan Hirsi Ali is another case of muslim genital mutilation. She hates Islam.