Proof in today's SMH that they will print ANYTHING anti-Howard, regardless of how despicable and/or subjective the source.
Australian Mufti, Sheikh Taj el-Den Al-Hilaly, has put his 0.000002 cents worth in (even then, I'm being generous and rounding up) about the Jakarta bombing:
It's not in the interests of Australia for us to be in [President George] Bush's team because that team has expressed and proven its animosity to the world. The Bush team is known now to rely on deception and has goals that are not all open. He is leading a push for American imperialism and he doesn't care for Australian interests or those of any sovereign nation other than his own.
Naturally, what the SMH fails to do, as is often the case when it knows that its sources lack credibility, is provide any context around Hilaly's comments.
So I will.
Hilaly arrived in Australia in 1982 on a three-month tourist visa. He overstayed that visa (hey, he has something in common with that twat, Merlin
!) but was then sponsored by the Federation of Islamic Councils for citizenship.
He now holds dual citizenship: Egyptian and Australia (hey, like Mamdouh Habib
After ranting upon those annoying Jews (see below), the Liberal Party demanded his visa be terminated and he be deported as soon as possible. And we're the bad guys apparently.
To their credit, the Labor government deferred his application for permanent residency. Hilaly then travelled to Canberra where he enjoyed a private meeting with Paul Keating and Leo McLeay. For his efforts, Senator Robert Ray deferred his application for a further year, on grounds of collusion.
It does make me wonder how an avowed anti-Semite and a man with such extreme views can get a private meeting with high ranking members of the Labor Party? I think it might have something to do with the importance of Muslim votes in the inner west and south east of Sydney that might have led to Keating courting Hilaly.
For whatever reason, Hilaly was granted permanent residency in Australia by Labor immigration Minister Gerry Hand. Hand was known to be a virulent member of the socialist left. Woo hoo! Democracy at work!
In 1999, he was accused, and found guilty of, smuggling antiquities. This was later over-turned.
If Hilaly's predilection for getting himself into trouble, and being in the pockets of the Labor Party for all the wrong reasons, is not enough for you, let's hear from the man himself.
Earlier this year, at a Lebanese mosque, the unofficial leader of Australian Muslims said
that the September 11 attacks against America was the :
God's work against oppressors
Nice guy. In other light-hearted comments...
Or if we ask the giant that fell: 'Who humiliated you?' Or if we ask the
president: 'Who made you cry?' God is the answer
true boy" was one who told his mother not to cry for him if he died. The boy who cried: "Oh mother, jihad has been imposed on me and I want to become a martyr [was a son of Islam]." The boy would cry to his mother: "Oh mother, I'm going with a stone in my hand to become a martyr.
But it's not just the US that Hilaly dislikes. Those dastardly Jews also get a smack around the head.
The Jews struggle with humanity is as old as history itself; the present continuing struggle with the Islam nation is a natural continuation of the Jews enmity towards the human race as a whole.
Judaism controls the world by
secret movements as the destructive doctrines and groups, such as communism, libertinism, Free Masons, Baha'ism, the Rotary clubs,the nationalistic and racist doctrines.
The Jews try to control the world through sex, then sexual perversion, then the promotion of espionage, traitory, and economic hording.
The most significant results has been the intifada of the stone children in the occupied land which intifada has thrown the Israeli and international plans into disarray
and concluded 'I ask Allah Almighty who has gathered here us here
liberate Palestine under a pure, clean, pious Islamic banner'.
Must be part of that Zionist conspiracy Margo's always yapping about.
What I think
For leftist readers of the SMH, Hilaly's comments will be vindication from a subject matter expert on how the Muslim world sees Australia.
For those of us who know better, his comments are just another in a long litany of nonsensical and vile agitating. We shall treat them as such.