‘Terrorism alert’ very disturbing
The news that there is to be a terrorism alert in Australia is very disturbing. I don’t doubt the sincerity of those issuing the warnings, but the timing of the terrorism alert does seem to coincide with the government’s decision to support US air strikes in Iraq. This will be a particularly difficult time for the Australians who have relatives in the Mid east region.
My concern with the alert is that many Australians will regard members of certain religious/ethnic groups as the terror threat. This could lead to ugly outbreaks of racism in Australia.
There is no doubt that the forces of hatred, fear and violence are spreading across the Middle East and other parts of the world. An appropriate response from us to these developments would be demonstrations of trust, tolerance of difference, understanding and social inclusion.
We should be wary of repeating past mistakes in Iraq and limit our involvement to the immediate acceptance of asylum seekers who are fleeing the brutal violence of renegade forces.