Haron Monis was a dangerous criminal. If he was a white non-Muslim there’s no doubt that’s how he would be reported. But John Key is instead talking about this showing terrorism can happen here.
If we take it as that a lone gunman can kill innocent strangers – yes, Aramoana showed us that. But those incidents aren’t normally called “terrorism”.
National are keen to justify their constant increases of the surveillance state – which doesn’t work against lone perpetrators.
It’s all somewhat reminiscent of John Key at the White House saying that Anders Breivik’s actions justified our presence in Afghanistan. As Russel Norman tweeted at the time: “Key says we are in Afghanistan to fight Norwegian neo-nazis”
That was at the same tie as John Key was busy mishandling the Israeli spies in Christchurch – that international farce led to the amazing OIA of SIS documents to WhaleOil to undermine Phil Goff. Can we expect something similar to hide Key’s embarrassment?
Key seems all too ready to jump in to “Islamic terrorism” mode. I’m sure our Muslim community don’t appreciate it, and hopefully the public will start realising the leglessness of the hysteria which John Key hypes for more authoritarian laws.