This is how you use freedom of speech. Instead of inflammatory cartoons, this would have carried greater effect because it forces moderate Muslims to face the extremism within their ranks. The PM has said that:
… a commitment to jihad and extreme attitudes towards women were two problems unique to Muslims that previous intakes of migrants from Europe and Asia did not have.
… there is a small section of the Islamic population in Australia that, because of its remarks about jihad, remarks which indicate an extremist view, that is a problem.
His views are shared by the Foreign Minister Alexander Downer – Muslim minority a concern: Downer – National Breaking News – NEWS.com.au.
And somewhat predictably, one of Australia’s most senior Islamic clerics has accused Prime Minister John Howard of inflaming public hatred towards the wider Muslim community – PM inciting hatred, says cleric – Top stories – NEWS.com.au
I do not feel the PM’s words were inflammatory or radical because they were truthful. Small sections of the Muslim community in Australia and in other Western democracies in the world are extreme by nature. Instead of feeling besieged by the “mainstream”, moderate Muslims should stand firm together with the government of the day and strongly condemn extremism and terrorism in all shapes and forms.
The eradication has to start from within, and not without because we have all seen how effective that has been thus far.