It is finally clear that the Sydney hostage-taker, Man Haron Monis, is actually an Iranian who had been granted asylum in Australia. BBC reports say he had earlier shot off offensive letters to families of deceased Australian soldiers.
Solidarity with Muslims
Despite that, Australians have been tweeting to show their solidarity with Muslims, using the #IllRideWithYou hashtag. The message therein appears to be that one need not be scared to be a Muslim, only being a racist should invite fear.
Just last week an Indian techie in Bangalore was arrested for pro-ISIS activities. When educated people jump into the terror bandwagon things do get scary.
This is a pity as the intelligentsia have a responsibility to show misguided elements the path to peace and convince them that humanity takes precedence over religion.
ISIS sympathisers have been surfacing everywhere, including in the US, UK, Europe and Australia.
Singapore’s neighbours Indonesia and Malaysia are not short of them as well.
Potential terrorists getting an easy passage into advanced economies, either as refugees or as professionals, has hardly been uncommon.
It is only when they start unleashing activities against countries that embraced them with open arms that the latter’s folly begins to unfold.
More-the-Merrier policy and to-Hell-with-National-Security Attitude
Terror is the single-most important issue that every nation has to brace up for. It can hardly be tackled with an open-door, the-more-the-merrier policy with an eye on economic prosperity.
Are nations, Singapore included, unwittingly becoming a patron of terror with a to-hell-with-national-security attitude and boosting their populations with mindless imports from across their borders?
G Joslin Vethakumar