Here, in order of appearance, are three stories that appeared in Australia's ABC over the past two days. Only in the third do we get a hint as to what might be going on - though for those familiar with the atmospherics of Islam, and aware of which suburbs in western/ south-western Sydney contain significant Mohammedan colonies, the first two items produced a certain pricking of the thumbs.
'Shots Fired Into Home At Roselands"
'Police from Strike Force Spartan are investigating a shooting at a home in south-western Sydney last night.
'There are three bullet holes in the glass door of the brick house in Draper Avenue in Roselands.
'Police say a number of shots were fired around 7.30 pm (AEST); there were five adults inside at the time but no-one was seriously injured.
'One person was taken to hospital suffering shock.
'Neighbours say it is a friendly street but one woman who heard the shots feared it was a drive-by shooting (of which there have been a great many in Sydney this year and last year, quite a few involving feuds between Mohammedans and/ or Mohammedan-infiltrated criminal bikie gangs - CM) and told her children to get down on the floor.
'Strike Force Spartan was set up in January amid fears of rising gun and gang related crime."
Thought for the day: if we stopped importing Mohammedans and started deporting some of those we've already got, I think we'd find that we could get on top of such gun and gang crime as our non-Mohammedan citizens chose to get up to. Because we had a lot less of such crime, until we imported large numbers of (mostly Lebanese) Muslims from the late 1970s onward, after which organised crime gangs made up entirely or partly of Muslims simply mushroomed.
Now to news item number 2.
'Fight at hairdresser ends up with shooting'.
'Police say a shooting in Sydney's south-west overnight started with a fight at a Bankstown haridresser.
'Six shots were fired into a home on Draper Avenue at Roselands around 7.30 pm (AEST).
'Some of the gun shots made it into the home's prayer room.
This at once tells us that the house was not a Sikh, a Hindu, a Christian, or a Jewish-owned residence. 'Prayer room' tends to refer to Mohammedan premises only. - CM
'Five adults were inside at the time...
'Police say it was over two fights that happened yesterday afternoon, the first was at a hairdresser.
'Assistant Police Commissioner Frank Mennilli says it does not sound like the argument was over much.
"Was a very minor dispute that was just a push and shove and apparently one person may have got a slap in the face", he said.
'Two hours later another argument broke out at a cafe - this time a man pulled out a gun and fired three shots into the air causing the arguing crowd to disburse (sic: I think the reporter means 'disperse'...'disburse' conjures up images of people frantically pulling out their wallets - CM).
'The Assistant Commissioner has denied reports the men were discussing the situation in Syria when the fight broke out.
'Police say they are fed up with people resorting to guns to solve their arguments...'.
Arguments and disagreements among Mohammedans tend to devolve into physical violence very, very fast. It might be interesting to ask the police what proportion of 'arguments' they have to mop up after, involve Mohammedans, and what proportion don't. I wonder whether anyone is keeping tabs?
And now for item number 3, in which the police seem to have decided that the subject of the Sunni push for power in Syria might need to be taken into account, after all.
'Police probe Syrian link to Sydney shootings
'Police are investigating whether tensions over the conflict in Syria are to blame for four shootings around Bankstown in Sydney's south-west.
Where the majority of Mohammedans in Sydney just happen to reside. And where there are lots of Mohammedans, there always seem to be 'tensions'. - CM
'It is understood that up to 20 men were having a Ramadan barbecue when an argument broke out outside the Juice Up Bar on Restwell Street just after 9.00 pm yesterday.
The first report in this series contained no hint that it was Mohammedans getting up to the usual mayhem. The second report mentioned a 'prayer room'. But now we find out that the big stoush took place at 'a Ramadan barbecue'. All becomes clear, at last. - CM
'A 23 year old was shot in the leg.
'An hour later, he hobbled into Bankstown Hospital on his own.
They hate the dirty kuffar, yet they get hurt and crawl straight to a kuffar-run hospital... - CM
'Police say that soon after that a man came to the same hospital with a gunshot wound to the hand, accompanied by a relative who left before officers arrived.
'Detectives say the 26 year old has told them he was wrongly targeted while walking from the nearby Sefton Mosque.
I would like to know who of the multiple cast of characters in this mess is Sunni, who is Shiite, and who might be Alawite.
As for the Sefton Mosque, it seems to have a Subcontinental connection - Pakistani and/ or Bengali - and in 2008 the Tablighi Jamaat were said to be attempting to take it over:
'Mosque Group in a Line to Jihad': - "The Islamic group accused of trying to seize control of Sydney's Sefton mosque is part of a movement described as a recruiting ground for Al-Qaida in a new terrorism intelligence report. The group attempting the takeover has members who follow the Tablighi Jamaat stream of Islam...Members of the Tablighi in Sydney have been accused of attempting to oust the imam at the Sefton Mosque...so they can take control and bring in their own Tablighi sheik".
As far as I can tell from a quick internet search re. mosques in Sydney, the Sefton Mosque is Sunni. Now, back to our ABC report. - CM
'Police are investigating whether the attacks are linked to two shootings nearby on Monday, which were reportedly sparked by an argument over Syria.
'The New South Wales Community Relations Commission says individuals in the Syrian community in Sydney must not [let] the war in Syria sway them to violence.
What 'Syrian community in Sydney'? There would be Sunni Muslims from Syria, and presumably some Shiite Muslims and Alawites from Syria, and then there would be Christians from Syria. Back home in Syria the first group hate the other two like poison, which hatred is reciprocal, whilst the Christians in Syria are allied with the Alawites for fear of the other Muslims. I would hazard the guess that in Australia the Syrian Christians would be mostly keeping very quiet; for here in Australia, which is officially 60 % Christian and at least 25 % entirely non-religious, they can blend in with the non-Muslim majority. But as for piously exhorting the Sunnis and Shiites and/ or Alawites not to attack each other...good luck with that, O 'Community Relations Commission'. - CM
'There have been two incidents between pro-Syrian government and opposition supporters in Sydney's south-west in the last fortnight.
'One incident saw an elderly man being taken to hospital after violence at a train station.
I must have missed that one. I wonder whether it was a Shiite or Alawite beaten up by Sunnis, or the other way around? - CM
'Another saw conflicting reports by police about a fight in Punchbowl, were gunshots were later fired.
'No-one was injured.
'Commission chairman Stephen Kerkyasharian says people must not let political discussion degenerate to violence.
"There is no need to resort to violence and we condemn any act of violence that is aimed at pursuing essentially political aims", he said."
I don't like his chances of getting Sunni and Shiite Muslims and Alawites here in Australia to agree with him.
I would invite him to reflect on these words, from a former Muslim, now a Christian, which I read in an article in the Bible Society's World Report, 1 February 2006. The young man, an intellectual of Kurdish ethnicity, reared in Turkey, was hired to help translate the Christian scriptures into Kurdish. It was a transforming experience: "When I recognised the Bible, I learned to be flexible...to listen to people...to forgive them.. and to be more patient. For example, if you are among Muslims, you would always fight. I don't want to fight...".
'If you are among Muslims, you would always fight'. We are seeing exactly that, all over the world; not only in Muslim countries, but also in the places where Muslims of rival sects have settled in large numbers...such as western and south-western Sydney. - CM