Islamic State's use of Sydney siege a clear warning

COMMENT: ISLAMIC State's use of Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis as its new 'poster' boy should send a chilling warning to all Australians.

The mentally disturbed Monis, who should never have been allowed back on our streets after his previous behaviour, features prominently in new Islamic State propaganda which urges other would-be terrorists to mimic his 'daring raid' on the Lindt cafe in Martin Place.

To set the record straight, there was nothing daring about his raid at all.

It was the act of a coward, armed with a gun and the threat of explosives, using women as human shields.

It's textbook Islamic State stuff though.

No consideration of human decency or the impact on victims.

In the foreword to the sixth edition of Dabiq, Islamic State's official English-language magazine, the terrorist group says Monis' actions "brought terror to the entire nation" and erased his history of "shirk and transgression".

"This month, an attack was carried out in Sydney by Man Haron Monis, a Muslim who resolved to join the mujāhidīn of the Islamic State in their war against the crusader coalition," the foreword says.

"He did not do so by undertaking the journey to the lands of the Khilāfah and fighting side-by-side with his brothers but rather, by acting alone and striking the kuffār [non-believers] where it would hurt them most - in their own lands and on the very streets that they presumptively walk in safety.

"It didn't take much; he got hold of a gun and stormed a cafe taking everyone inside hostage. Yet in doing so, he prompted mass panic, brought terror to the entire nation, and triggered an evacuation of parts of Sydney's central business district. The blessings in his efforts were apparent from the very outset."

Sorry, but there will be no blessings for Monis.

He will burn in hell along with the other deluded infidels who claim to act in the name of Allah.

I won't quote further from the magazine because quite frankly, it doesn't deserve it.

But as Australians we should be aware of the sort of messages it is sending out, including to the marginalised and deluded attracted to what is rightly described as a death cult.

Recent stories from overseas show that even among Islamic State's followers, some are starting to see to see the light.

Foreign fighters who have wanted to return home have been duly executed.

But there are a few lucky ones, including children pretending to become suicide bombers, who have escaped.

The real danger for Australia is that we will see other 'lone wolf' attacks by those latching on to Islamic State.

The remedy, of course, must involve our courts taking far more seriously those who threaten Australia's way of life.

Those who claim Islam as a peaceful religion must continue to expose and weed out those who preach hate against Australia's democracy and freedom.