Tonight, the ABC Four Corners program is airing an "investigative TV journalism" piece entitled "Dangerous Ground" on the heels of a study done by Monash University's Global Terrorism Research Centre:
A recently completed three-year study found that Australia's tough stance on counter-terrorism and security could actually be increasing the threat of breeding home grown terrorists. Erring on the side of aggression – just to be on the "safe" side - can radicalise and alienate the people who are targeted, analysts tell Four Corners...As Four Corners reporter and author on terrorism Sally Neighbour illustrates, defeating terrorism presents not just a policing issue but also a challenge to core community values of pluralism and tolerance.
Based on the snippets of the show that I have been watching live, I guarantee that the challenge to pluralism and tolerance Neighbour will be highlighting are not those posed by Islamists such as Waleed Aly, someone she holds in high esteem. Looking at some of Neighbour's previous performances on Four Corners, it is clear that she has a problem with the "War on Terror" or in her words "the so-called War on Terror": Torture - Is torture ever a legitimate weapon in the war on terror; Ghost Prisoners - Is America's rendition scheme for terror suspects just a polite term for outsourcing torture; The Convert - The exclusive story of accused terrorist Jack Thomas and his remarkable journey...to trainee fighter in the ranks of Al Qaeda.
She also published a book titled In the Shadow of Swords: How Islamic Terrorists Declared War on Australia. Her answer?
...Neighbour documents how Australia became caught up in the war on terrorism and how, despite the best of intentions, Australia's foreign policy in Iraq, Afghanistan and East Timor helped make it a target.
This sort of idiotic framing of the problem obfuscates the real causes and allows her to carry Aly's bludgeon of victimisation. New Yorker journalist Lawrence Wright's book, The Looming Tower offers, in contradistinction to Neighbour's polemic, a reasoned and thoughtful chronology of the rebirth of jihadism in the twentieth century. Based on over 500 interviews with people from bin Laden's closest friends to U.S. counterterrorism chiefs and a detailed study of contemporary Islamic jurisprudence and thought, he draws a link between Sayyid Qutb (mid 1900s) and the home grown terrorists of London in 2008. The link is distinctly theological. It has nothing to do with Iraq, Afghanistan or other alleged grievance. It had and has everything to do with Islamists' dlslike of the liberty endowed to individuals in the West.