It seems some media have taken to scaring the bejesus out of NZers this ANZAC Day. Suddenly Terrorism is being served with our slice of ANZAC Day patriotism this year. It helps to not question why we threw so many into the mincer of war and why we are getting into another pointless re-invasion of Iraq on the side of dictators and butchers if we are all spooked that ISIS inspired fellow NZers will launch an attack while we are waving our flag around on War Cult Day.
IF there is a terror attack on NZ by ISIS inspired violence it will be because Key has set us up as a target for the 5 Eyes Club by reinvading Iraq.
IF there is a terror attack on NZ by ISIS inspired violence it will be because the media have helped generate the sense of isolation and alienation that generates this kind of radicalism.
IF there is a terror attack on NZ by ISIS inspired violence it will be because the Prime Minister has personally helped that alienation and isolation along by publicly naming numbers of suspects so that the could get his controversial mass surveillance laws passed.
IF there is a terror attack on NZ by ISIS inspired violence it will be because we have done bugger all helping those on the fringes of NZ mainstream culture feel welcome and heard and counted for in our country. Inequality and social isolation converts more to radicalism than ISIS can. If we have youth in NZ who are being radicalised by ISIS, that’s society’s fault for not being inclusive enough, blaming ISIS is a joke.
We should refuse to allow fear and hate to direct our decisions. We are a free liberal democracy, that is our strength, not more police powers and security crackdowns.