Melbourne has hosted the latest Islamic terrorist incident to strike the Western world. It occurred in city’s bayside suburb of Brighton, and has killed one person and injured three. 29-year-old Yacqub Khayre, who took hostage a female escort during the ordeal, is revealed to have been the assailant, and was shot dead by police after a horrendous gun-fight.
What is most alarming is the revelation that this terrorist has been known to the authorities, and was under parole since last year. This has prompted Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to claim that there are “very, very grave questions” to be asked regarding the incident. The Prime Minister is right, albeit too late. There are grave questions that need to be asked and answered, such as: Why was the gunman allowed to stay in this country in the first place?
Just like this weekend’s London attacks terrorists, Khayre has been known to police having already served time for and possessing a long history of violent crime, and being linked to Islamic extremism. In 2009, Khayre was charged over a planned terror plot that was to be carried out in Holsworthy army barracks in Sydney. The plot traces its origins to a Somalian terrorist group with links to ISIS, proving that Khayre indeed was an extremist. The question is, what was someone like Khayre still doing in this country?
As someone who possessed such an extreme criminal record, with links to terrorist organisations in his homeland, it is unjustifiable that Khayre was under parole and living side-by-side with the public. So why was he still allowed to live in Australia?
This question brings to light another practical method of handling Islamic terrorism: deporting all those with migrant origins with known links to extremism. The fact that a migrant with such appalling criminal activity and blatant links to terrorism was allowed to stay in this country is ridiculous. The Australian Government must deport all extremists and criminals with a migrant background, along with implementing a ban on Islamic immigration.
Some people may argue for human rights to be considered. The hard truth is, terrorists who endanger the safety and security of our people do not have rights, and neither do they deserve them. In order to preserve the wellbeing of the millions of people who already live in this country, it is imperative for the government to deport all Islamic extremists from this country. Home-grown terrorism is a destabilising threat, and thus a ban on Islamic immigration is not enough. Human rights activists mush remember that we have human rights too.
In addition, it is insufficient to just aim at improving intelligence services and effectiveness of the authorities. Khayre was cleared as low risk by the authorities despite his criminal past, which included stabbing a man on the leg in an attempt to steal his valuables. As Khayre’s situation proves, the risk of extremists slipping through the cracks is always present.
ISIS has been quick to claim responsibility for the attack, citing its attempt at taking revenge on coalition states as the fundamental objective driving this attack. Khayre himself called a TV newsroom declaring his intent of furthering the goals of ISIS, stating he was committing the attack “For ISIS and al-Qaeda”. The truth is, this Somalian Islamic immigrant would not have been able to carry out this attack if he wasn’t accepted into this country in the first place. The same thing applies to all other Islamic terrorists. However, since such individuals already live in this country, a ban on Islamic immigration must be supplemented with a deportation of all known Islamic extremists.
The left may respond to such situations with more hashtags, more virtue signalling, and more “love”. It is this sort of superficiality and ignorance that is strangling our culture and freedoms. Life is not a Disney movie, and Islamic extremists will not magically change their views by being exposed to left-wing hashtags. Terrorism is now a part of our daily lives, and the only way to change that is to remove the potential perpetrators of such attacks from our countries. If the Australian government cares for the safety of its people, it will step up its anti-terrorism programs, ban Islamic immigration, and deport all Islamic extremists from this country. Our human rights matter too.