If you can’t distinguish between people arrested for alleged support of Islamic State and innocent Australian Muslims going about their business, then you need to do your homework.
Over 1/4 of the people in the world are Muslims. The majority of Muslims live in Indonesia (our nearest neighbours), not the Middle East - and have nothing to do with IS.
Those supporting Islamic state are a tiny fraction of this number and mostly concentrated in the Middle East. Of Australian citizens suspected of supporting IS, the federal government themselves report that security agencies are watching 60-100 people out of Australia’s 23 million people (over half a million of which are Muslim).
If you have paid any attention to the experts discussing the topic: Islamic State want you to launch reactionary attacks against innocent Muslims and make enemies of them. You feed terror with senseless attacks against Muslims. You make them feel like they need to find some support so that people won’t abuse, threaten and commit acts of vandalism toward them. You make them feel like their fellow citizens do not have their backs, you make people feel foreign and unwanted in their own homes. This is how the radicalization process begins.
I want to see arrests and charges for anybody who commits these acts, threatens or harasses people or vandalizes their cars. I want to see these hate crimes seriously pursued and prosecuted as such by the police.
Take home message: Islamic State is a tiny group of self-identified Muslim people who are as far removed from mainstream Islam as the Westboro Baptist Church are from mainstream Christianity. If you go out and commit crimes against Australian Muslims to ‘retaliate’, you are as stupid as somebody attacking random Christians indiscriminately because of abortion clinic bombers or the Westboro baptist church.
Remember, approximately .012% (according to Tony Abbott himself!) of Australian Muslims are currently suspected (not 100% known, not charged and convicted) to be linked to IS terror abroad. Attacking Australian Muslims over the awful things Islamic State carry out just makes you fucking stupid and a danger to civil society.
This will be my first, and last post about Islamic State, as I believe they are given far too much publicity and that this is exactly why their media tactics work.
Still, please don’t get scared into stupidity and find yourself becoming the monster.