Australia and it’s allies US and Israel support Al-Qaeda affiliates such as Al Nusra Front in Syria. We declare them terrorists any Australian caught sending them money will be jailed. So why does our government support terrorist groups while jailing Australians? (ODT)
“Until we start to broaden our understanding of what these movements are, we are going to continue to play whack-a-mole, which is what we have been doing for years.”
Significant terror attacks on Australian soil:
- September 1972 — Croatian separatists were believed responsible for bombing a Yugoslav agency in Sydney’s Haymarket injuring 16
- February 1978 — A bomb targeting a government meeting at the Sydney Hilton Hotel left three dead and 11 injured
- December 1980 — An attack claimed by the Justice Commandos of the Armenian Genocide took the lives of the Turkish Consul General and his secretary, while a bomb targeting the Melbourne Turkish Consulate in 1986 killed only the bomber
- 1980-1985 — A series of attacks on officials associated with the Family Court of Australia left four dead
- 1980’s — Targeted bombings and attacks on the Asian population of WA were carried out for more than a decade by neo-Nazi group The Australian National Movement
- July 2001 — An anti-abortion attack on a clinic in Melbourne left one man dead
- December 2014 — The Lindt Cafe siege left three dead, including the perpetrator, and four injured
- 2014-2018 — A series of Islamic motivated shootings and stabbings have claimed three innocent lives and injured 10
- In the GTI’s ranking of countries most impacted by terrorism, the US came in at number 32 and Australia 65.
“Defining a group as a terrorist organisation is an intrinsically political act,” said Charles Lister, the Middle East Institute’s director of extremism and counterterrorism, told the ABC.