Let’s face it, who amongst us would not wish our neighbours to warn us if we were unknowingly putting ourselves in danger?
Australians must feel a huge sense of gratitude to the leaders of Malaysia and Indonesia for such kindness and selflessness to warn them of an increased threat of terrorism.
After all, there’s nothing more comforting than being lectured by leaders of majority Muslim countries on what might trigger terrorism attacks….. like an arsonist giving free advice to firefighters.
For example, one can sense the concern for the safety of all Australians in the Malaysian Prime Minister’s advice;
…..in dealing with terrorism, one has to know the causes. Adding to the cause for terrorism is not going to be helpful … I pointed that out.
Ah, cause and effect, eh? Very sage advice.
What might be the causes of terrorism do we think?
Here’s a multiple choice list to consider;
1. Someone with mental health issues being convinced by a religious leader of a guaranteed afterlife in paradise if they kill infidels.
2. Country A moving their embassy in Country B to the capital city, against the wishes of Country C.
The Association Fallacy falsely links a group of individuals to another group of individuals because they share a similar quality.
However, there seems to be an exception to this rule; when looking at the group of people who are anti-Zionist and the group of people who are anti-Semitic, there is pretty much no recorded cases where the two groups don’t match completely.
As Tim Blair points out, Dr. Mahathir’s track record on both anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism is hiding in plain sight. Of the list of people to be assumed to be arguing in good faith against the embassy move, Mahathir would be one or two levels from the very bottom of the list. There’s probably only some blokes from Austria and Germany in the 1930s who would be beneath him on that list.
The man, in his own words, frequently repeated, is an unreconstructed Jew-hater. We’ll take no lectures about the causes of terrorism from him, thanks very much.
Anyway, the embassy move won’t happen now as the Australian government lost the by-election it was fighting in the Jewish area and the idea will now be buried quietly as yet another cynical attempt to cling to power.
As Thomas Sowell said,
No one will really understand politics until they understand that politicians are not trying to solve our problems. They are trying to solve their own problems — of which getting elected and re-elected are No. 1 and No. 2. Whatever is No. 3 is far behind.