Ter­ror­ist at­tacks land here

GQ (Australia) - - NEWS -

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.

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