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article imageOp-Ed: The Politics of Denialism

By Richard van der Draay     Jan 2, 2015 in World
Sydney - It’s a funny old world where the left-leaning commentariat, usually so stridently opposed to anything smacking of patriarchal tradition and conservatism cannot bring themselves to simply denounce islamic-inspired atrocities outright.
Instead, these morally upright pundits seek to play down the importance of the seemingly never-ending cascade of horrific barbarism, forever trying to label the latest installment as a one-off incident. Other dissembling tactics include mindlessly repeating that the thousands of global terrorist attacks are perpetrated by a ‘tiny minority’. If this is true, we must be dealing with the world’s largest – or busiest – tiny minority.
Among further denialist ploys is the claim that these goofy guys and gals, so keen on committing atrocities in the name of their deity, are merely deluded in the sense that they haven’t quite grasped the on-message line that theirs is a ‘religion of peace’. Unfortunately, these types are among the most devout, invariably quoting chapter and verse.
Sydney recently saw its own first muslim terrorist act, with a self-styled sheik holding a group of patrons hostage in the Lindt café in Martin Place. At once, the forces of down-with-us denialism were up in arms, springing into action to defend muslims against the as of yet non-existent bigotry of those nasty non-muslim Australians. They might have waited for a backlash to actually materialise before rallying the politically correct forces to combat it. The judgement was intriguing. While a muslim terrorist act was still in full swing and no anti-muslim backlash had occurred, the compassionate left was already adamant that the former event (which was actually taking place in the real world) was nothing to worry about and the latter (a mere figment of the left’s imagination) was the real problem. All hands to the Twitter machine!
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