Not to the Right. Miranda Devine produced this toxic spray. What I, in my innocence took a simple human kindness, she saw as a plot by "leftists" to downplay "Islamic terrorism".
The meaningless, narcissistic, one-sided nature of this “near silent encounter” perfectly symbolises the leftist approach to Islamist terrorism.
Denial, deflection, projection. They see themselves as morally superior to the rest of Australia, which they imagine as a sea of ignorant rednecks. In their eyes the threat is not terrorism but Islamophobia.
They prefer to downplay the terrorist threat and excuse the perpetrators. In their view the self-styled Iranian-born sheik and alleged rapist Man Haron Monis was a humanitarian, motivated by concern for children dying in the Middle East. (Or, a “peace activist”, as his lawyers describe him when he was charged with sending vile letters to the families of dead Aussie soldiers).Where does Rachael Jacobs say all this? Nowhere. Why is it wrong to be compassionate to Muslims? Why does that imply that you support terrorism?
"Liberal" MP, George Christensen said this in a Twitter post:
#weridetogether & #illridewithyou - typical lefty campaigns that creates false victims. Focus on real #sydneysiege victims: Tori & Katrina.
There is much to admire in the philosophy of conservatism. Yet at heart the Right is, alas, essentially nasty and mean-spirited. Compassion is suspect. Pity for the underdog misplaced. Generosity is fake. And everything anyone from the Left does is part of some tin-foil conspiracy.