Jihadis, neo-Nazis — they have always been brothers

Today in The Australian

How often in recent years have we thought, as Hannah Arendt did on learning of the death camps, “many things are possible, but this ought not to have happened”? Now, after another week of terrorism, and yet more innocent blood, we also think: this will not end.

About Henry Ergas

Henry Ergas AO is a columnist for The Australian. From 2009 to 2015 he was Senior Economic Adviser to Deloitte Australia and from 2009 to 2017 was Professor of Infrastructure Economics at the University of Wollongong’s SMART Infrastructure Facility. He joined SMART and Deloitte after working as a consultant economist at NECG, CRA International and Concept Economics. Prior to that, he was an economist at the OECD in Paris from the late 1970s until the early 1990s. At the OECD, he headed the Secretary-General’s Task Force on Structural Adjustment (1984-1987), which concentrated on improving the efficiency of government policies in a wide range of areas, and was subsequently Counsellor for Structural Policy in the Economics Department. He has taught at a range of universities, undertaken a number of government inquiries and served as a Lay Member of the New Zealand High Court. In 2016, he was made an Officer in the Order of Australia.
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15 Responses to Jihadis, neo-Nazis — they have always been brothers

  1. Suburban Boy

    Just as Truman and Tojo were brothers during the Second World War: each authorised the mass killing of innocents, therefore they were effectively two sides of the same coin. It’s a shame that the Americans beat the Japanese because they were as bad as each other.

    But seriously: We can condemn the slaughter in Christchurch without falling into the fallacy that extreme-right terrorism (seldom actually “neo-Nazi” it should be noted) poses a risk to Western communities that is comparable to the risk posed by Islamist terror.

    Extreme-right terrorists are a threat to order in the West because they deny the state’s monopoly on violence. They see themselves as acting in defence of the West, notwithstanding the reprehensible methods they use. In contrast, Islamic terrorists simply wish to destroy the West and will kill as many Westerners as they can.

  2. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Of course it won’t end until our politicians decide to end it. Unfortunately they want to Pretend & Pray instead of dealing with the issue.

    Address the root cause, pathetic birth rates which lead to mass migration which lead to influx of muslims which is a fertile breeding ground for jihad which creates reprisals.

    Nothing difficult here, reverse the marxist policies used to thin out white populations.

  3. Cassie of Sydney

    Henry, I have just commented on your piece on The Australian and it has been rejected…here it is…

    “A timely piece Henry. As you accurately write, when it comes to J** hatred, both the far right and Islamists walk arm in arm…they feed off each other. However I would also add that when it comes to J** hatred there is also another group in the picture and that is the far left. They all walk together. It is an unholy and very toxic trio of J** hatred…it’s just that those on the far left cleverly hide their anti-Semitism under the guise of “anti-Zionism” but what it is is simply old fashioned anti-Semitism…the left’s hysterical, vitriolic and obsessive hatred of Isr**l constantly proves this. It shouldn’t surprise anyone that David Duke is publicly supporting the anti-Semitic commentary sprouted by Ilhan Omar…they are natural allies and they feed off each other. However, even here in Australia, I have noticed a sickening double standards when it comes to dealing with the anti-Semitism espoused by the far left and radical Islam as opposed to the ant-Semitism of the far right….whilst much of the legacy media and the left are happy to denounce the anti-Semitism of the far right….they are often extremely reticent to denounce the anti-Semitism of the far left, the not so far left and both radical and mainstream Islam.

    Being J**ish myself, I can feel the icy winds of J** hatred and I know that it isn’t just emanating from the far right. And as for Milo Yiannopoulos being banned and Sheik Omar Abdel Kafi, a Holocaust denier, being allowed to visit….I can tell you who is the more dangerous, the more insidious and the more pernicious….and it isn’t Milo Yiannopoulos, who is neither an anti-Semite or a Holocaust denier.

    Oh….where was the petition to ban Sheik Omar Abdel Kafi…anyone recall it? I don’t….and therein lies the rub.”

    Please pass on to the powers that be that people like myself….subscribers to The Australian…are getting very, very annoyed with the moderators.

  4. Botswana O'Hooligan

    Cassie, keep writing to the Australian even tho the moderators reject your comments for comments from us (mine are rejected, my friends are rejected or placed in “pending” until comments die away) show them that reasonable people are out there and who knows, some comments may elucidate them.

  5. Percy Popinjay

    islam is a backward collectivist totalitarian idiotology masquerading as a religion.

  6. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Abortion for convenience must end. Only valid medical conditions or rape should be qualifiers for abortion.

    The only thing that should be aborted is the idea of gender equality, it is a civilisational unsustainable ideology that drives too many women to have zero children. Easy divorce must also end, it is destroying the fabric of society.

  7. Leo G

    Extreme-right terrorists are a threat to order in the West because they deny the state’s monopoly on violence.

    “If the basis of a popular government in peacetime is virtue, its basis in a time of revolution is virtue and terror — virtue, without which terror would be barbaric; and terror, without which virtue would be impotent.” [Robespierre speech (transl) in French National Convention, 1794]

  8. flyingduk

    “Please pass on to the powers that be that people like myself….subscribers to The Australian…are getting very, very annoyed with the moderators”

    FACTCHECK: True: Only this week I emailed the Oz to reinforce the point that, given their steady drift to the left, the only reason I subscribe is to use their comments forums. If they keep deleting my (always factual) comments, I will have no more need for the subscription.

  9. Cassie of Sydney

    “flyingduk
    #2966529, posted on March 22, 2019 at 9:05 am
    “Please pass on to the powers that be that people like myself….subscribers to The Australian…are getting very, very annoyed with the moderators”

    FACTCHECK: True: Only this week I emailed the Oz to reinforce the point that, given their steady drift to the left, the only reason I subscribe is to use their comments forums. If they keep deleting my (always factual) comments, I will have no more need for the subscription.”

    Thanks for this. You echo my thoughts entirely.

    Henry, if you read this please know that I (and others) subscribe to The Australian to read you, Janet, Maurice, Kenny and a few others. I also subscribe because I like to post comments. Please tell me if there was anything offensive in what I wrote above. As said above by flyingduk…if they continue to reject my comments, I will cancel my subscription. At the moment my subscription is hanging by a thread and the thread is about to break.

  10. John Bayley

    Abortion for convenience must end. Only valid medical conditions or rape should be qualifiers for abortion.

    If we do that, abortions will simply go underground or overseas, as has happened in places like Ireland and in not so recent past even in Queensland.
    If you want people to have children, you need to give them a reason to do so. And by that I don’t mean handing out yet more welfare.
    Reducing the cost of living, emphasis on traditional family as opposed to trendy ‘gender fluidity’ and similar nonsense come to mind as being helpful in that endeavour.

  11. Tom

    At the moment my subscription is hanging by a thread and the thread is about to break.

    Same here, Henry. The only News Corp publication I currently get real news from is the Melbourne Herald Sun. The Australian hasn’t broken a news story of any consequence for years. Now that the all-lefty the subs desk has been given open slather authority to censor comments unacceptable to lefties by the paper’s new editor-in-chief Christopher Dore, my subscription is looking increasingly pointless.

  12. bespoke

    For what its worth Cassie keep going, you have a larger perspective then most.

  13. AussieMAGA

    Anyone who thinks there are actual National Socalists in Australia is a retard.

    The closest you’ll get is some Middle East and African dictator states. Even Communist China, which the terrorists admired, is closer than any imaginary or larpy 4chan-kid Nazism in Australia. How come no ‘Communists and Jihadis have always been brothers’? We know: doesn’t fit the zeitgeist and no opportunity to display piety.

  14. bespoke

    So the two I spoke to didn’t exists, AussieMAGA?

  15. TBH

    A fine comment in the Australian piece, Cassie. I’m not Jooish, but I stand with Jooish people and the State of [email protected] in general in their fight against their neighbours and extremists at either end of the political spectrum. Those people repulse me in their long standing hatred of Jooish folks. Lefties like to dress up their [email protected] sentiments as anti-Zionism as you say, but most intelligent people see right through that bullshit.

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