Terrorism, Australian Style By Peter West

     Journalists here are covering the “revolution in Europe”:
But Australia is not immune to the same problem of jihadism:

“Mohamed Nizamdeen, 25, was charged on Friday with possessing a blueprint to target several "symbolic" Sydney locations, after officers from NSW's Joint Counter Terrorism Team (JCTT) arrested him at Kensington, in Sydney's south-east. The University of New South Wales contractor appeared in Waverley Local Court where he was refused bail, with the matter adjourned to October 24. A police source confirmed to the ABC on Friday night that the former prime minister and former foreign affairs minister were allegedly targets for the man. Mr Nizamdeen is in Australia on a student visa, and police will allege they found documents containing plans to facilitate terrorism attacks on the university campus. Police searched a unit on Defries Avenue in Zetland about 2:00am on Friday, where they seized several electronic items. They are currently searching his workplace. Australian Federal Police (AFP) detective superintendent Michael McTiernan said the charges were "serious and significant". "It is quite a significant document which requires further analysis," he said.

     Ok, I can understand that a terrorist would target someone like the prime minister, obviously starting at the top, wrong as it is, but from a terror point of view I suppose. But, why did he plan to commit terrorism at a university? Have I read that correctly, since the news report is ambiguous (“to facilitate terrorism attacks on the university campus”)? If so, what point could this serve, since the universities have more non-Anglo students than Anglo ones now, as well as a high population of Muslim students?

     Will details of his plan emerge, or are the universities now potential sites for terrorist attacks? Are students safe? Can Australia protect the tens of thousands  of international students that are here? Or, is this a big mistake. Should newspapers write more carefully? Answers are needed. Should the universities be all shut down for … I don’t know … maybe a hundred years …  so that all of this can be resolved? Something must be done … think of the children …



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