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LEBANESE MUSLIMS IN AUSTRALIA

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Submitted by Hannibal (Australia), Apr 24, 2008 at 05:18

To all,

In Australia, particularly Sydney, Lebanese and Muslims have had a bad reputation for many, many years. The Lebanese, even of the Christian variety, were avoided. Since the import of the Islamic brand and as their number has grown they have been noted to lust after their own and live in exclusive almost tribal communities. The trouble sprouting from the Lebanese Muslim community is legendary.

In Australia, a modern, all-inclusive, multi-cultural country, the same problems as experienced in Europe have started to show their ugly face. At this site, I have already read a good interpretation of the so-called Cronulla Riots. The Revenge Attacks of December 2005 that followed were an organised affair over several nights where youth from the Lebanese Muslim community responded to what they perceived as an attack on themselves.

They reined terror down on the suburbs of Sydney smashing glass everywhere notably on cars as they terrorised people going about their nightly activities like putting the garbage out. They gang bashed people, knifed innocent people in gangs, and generally conducted themselves in an intense exhibition of all that they had become renown for. The reputation of the Lebanese and Muslim communities has never really recovered. It is commonly noted that people from the Turkish Muslim community work overtime to distance themselves from their Lebanese Muslim brothers. Lebanese are the brunt of their jokes.

It is sad to say, but the Lebanese community, and in particular Muslims, are looked upon in Australia as socially dysfunctional.

The reputation of Muslims in Australia has been destroyed, particularly when the word Muslim quickly connotes 'gang rape' and 'gang rape' connects with "Bilal Skaf", the gang rapist of greatest notoriety. He is a Lebanese Muslim. The first impression given by Lebanese as a new migrant group in Australia has been one of insularity demeaning that about them while intimidating those unlike themselves. They act on their intimidation at the slightest provocation - when they are in groups.

Consequently, in general summation, Muslims are viewed as hypocrites, backward, cowards, ignorant, liars, deceitful, sexually deprived/sexual predators, arrogant and, worst of all, just Lebanese.

Individual cases might divert from that overall impression, but as far as the Muslim community goes there is no effort to change that perception. The perception is merely reinforced.

The previous leader of the Lebanese Muslim community Sheikh Taj Hilaly in one of his interpretations of the Koran said it was okay for Muslim men to rape non-Muslim women who he described as catsmeat. Non-Muslim women who wore less than Islamic clothing tempted the lascivious nature of men and had no one to blame for their rape but themselves, just like meat set before cats.

In terms of the Muslim community in Australia, they have a pretty bad reputation. They are viewed as grubby. In reality, they have no one to blame for their bad reputation but themselves.

With such a deplorable reputation, I cannot see how they will ever be in a position to influence society to their own ends. Already, Australians in Sydney have revolted at news new Islamic schools are to be opened in their local precinct. The protests have been long and well-organised. The Muslim response to such a well organised counter to their push is to claim anyone against them is racist.

Muslims in Australia do not have a reputation for introspection in order to improve themselves. They are outward and assert that they must be accepted as they are. Like a cancer, they want their perverse view of society implemented unhindered. Muslims in Australia have earnt the reputation of being pushy and of expounding their way of life in a manner most cultured people would regard as rude.

How to deal with the Muslim problem? Already, the community has pushed back in a way consistent with the law and the democratic process without becoming violent. The stability of society has gained a victory over the chaos pursued by the Islamic minority at this stage. But, one can see in time as the Muslim skill at playing the game improves, they will leach into another niches of society and through the bureaucracy to have their agenda implemented. At this point, those opposed to the Islamic agenda will rise up and chaos will rein. Chaos will reign until Islam and Muslims in Australia are categorised and marginalised and stripped of their power.

We are standing by watching everything unfold.

Right now, the Lebanese Muslim community is relatively quiet. That may only be because of some policy adopted post the Cronulla Riot so that tensions are not inflamed. For example, on news reports less frequently are criminals who are of Middle-Eastern Appearance: a synonym for Lebanese Muslims, labelled as such. The applicability of that description is only uncovered later.

Hannibal

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