by Robert Spencer
as many as 50 people
have been taken hostage in the Lindt Chocolat Café in Sydney,
Australia’s central pedestrian mall, Martin Place. Some of the hostages
have been forced at gunpoint to hold up the black flag of Islamic jihad
against a window of the café.
The flag says in Arabic, “There is no god but Allah, and Muhammad is
his prophet” – the Islamic confession of faith. It will thus be hard to
claim this one was workplace violence, but the mainstream media and
Western leaders are no doubt already strategizing on ways to do so.
Falling quickly into politically correct lockstep and ignoring the jihad
flag in the window, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott insisted that “we don’t know the motivation” of the gunmen.
Meanwhile, police have evacuated the area, as well as the Sydney
Opera House, where apparently a suspicious package has been found.
Abbott issued a statement declaring that while “this is obviously a
deeply concerning incident but all Australians should be reassured that
our law enforcement and security agencies are well trained and equipped
and are responding in a thorough and professional manner.”
That is no doubt true, but this is an unprecedented event in the
West. There have been jihad attacks, and hostage situations, but this is
the first jihadist hostage event in a Western country since the Islamic
State issued this threat in a September video:
“We will conquer your Rome, break your crosses, and enslave your women,
by the permission of Allah, the Exalted. This is His promise to us; He
is glorified and He does not fail in His promise. If we do not reach
that time, then our children and grandchildren will reach it, and they
will sell your sons as slaves at the slave market.”
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