When Frau Merkel opened the German gates to mass immigration in 2015 she was confident that Wir schaffen das (we can do it). What she probably had in mind was her nation’s ability to economically, politically and socially accommodate the new arrivals.

Nearly nine years later it is clear that she was wrong on all counts. Worse, new developments quickly emerged as unanticipated problems of crime, terrorism and community division took their toll on the native population.

The crime wave accompanying the new arrivals also presented the German authorities with a problem – how to “manage” the reporting and statistical accumulation of crimes committed by “refugees” who were predominately Islamic. The “we can do it” idea took on the new challenge and the government sought to cover up, as far as possible, the illegal activities to “protect” the public from – what we would call today – “misinformation”.

The Australian federal and state governments have, like so many European countries, adopted a similar methodology in dealing with Islamic crime, including terrorism.

Two recent experiences in Australia – the Sydney attack on the Assyrian bishop in April and the terrorist attack in Perth in early May, have confirmed the adopted official tactic in dealing with the aftermath of an Islamic terrorist attack. There are rules to follow and conventions to strictly observe and it appears that those authorities responsible for briefing the public, and the media reporting on the events, are well in tune with these requirements.

The bottom line of the “briefing tactic” is – separation and isolation. Every effort is to be made to detach the terrorist from mainstream Islam. Each rule is to include an element to isolate the offender from everyone else thus resulting in the removal of the motivation to enquire as to whether there may be something else involved.

The rules are as follows;

1/ When an Islamic terrorist attack occurs, never mention “Islam” or “Islamic”.

2/ If the offender is a teenager, allow the “young and stupid” implication to flow through the briefing – even if not actually stated.

3/ As soon as possible, introduce the claim of “radicalisation”. This has the immediate effect of isolating the offender from “normal” Islam thus avoiding the need to answer more searching questions.

4/ Add “on the internet” to explain how the radicalisation occurred. The idea that an unknown and mysterious force of evil – somewhere out in the ether – twisted the mind of a young and vulnerable individual simply reinforces the separation objective. It removes responsibility from the local community into the dark world of the internet and the separation and isolation objective is now virtually achieved.  

To cap off the briefing exercise, there is one more vital component;

5/ Mental illness. This provides the coup de grace to the briefing and even offers some sympathy for the offender. In fact, an effective mental illness presentation could potentially wipe out any liability for the terrorist attack and the offender may be transformed into a victim.

While mental illness is a serious matter – e.g. the Bondi attacker who apparently did have a problem with some form of mental illness – this has unfortunately been used excessively to explain criminal events in Europe, particularly since 2015. By blaming “mental illness”, authorities relieve themselves from the need to offer alternative suggestions which may result in “uncomfortable” situations such as looking at verses from the Koran and other Islamic texts that may influence adherents of the faith to murder infidels.

Having followed the rules and informed the public accordingly, the mainstream media walk away from the real issue and the politicians in power mumble a few words (“there is no place in Australia blah blah) and further action is not required. The offender has been neatly packaged into a manipulated unfortunate individual and will now undergo a useless “deradicalization” program.

Naturally, the impact of Islamic law, the fundamental principles of Islam and the heaven-sent instructions to all Muslims will not receive a mention – that would be Islamophobic. With the Gaza war in full swing and western universities brimming with “useful idiots” and hateful professors, now is not the time for weak governments, such as ours, to look beyond the period until the next election.