Terrorist attacks land here
What’s most shocking about the cold-blooded murder of police accountant Curtis Cheng in October, by a radicalised 15-year-old boy armed with a handgun, is it wasn’t as shocking to Australians as it would have been 11 months ago. December’s Sydney siege, in which the deranged Man Monis fired shots into our biggest city’s heart, had already made the possibility of homegrown, Isis-inspired mayhem real – the ‘death cult’ spreading its message of fear, hate and horrific violence far and wide the past year. And recent history has shown that no action, no form of bloodletting, from the shootings at Charlie Hebdo in Paris to attack plots in Melbourne on Anzac Day, is sadly beyond the modern terrorist.
THE GQ INSIGHT: It’s naive to think Australia would ever avoid homegrown terror – though key to its defusement is greater education and acceptance on both sides of the spectrum.