From the Weekend Australian, 4-5 October, 2014, a letter to the Oz from Chief of Defence Force, Mark Binskin.
A quote highlighted beside the article “Sailor attack turns into furphy” (27/9) said I had apologized to the Muslim community. This is incorrect. During a doorstop at the Australian War Memorial the previous day, I said: ”On behalf of the Australian Defence Force, I would like to apologise to the Australian community and particularly the Middle Eastern community for any angst this has caused.” While I appreciate the full quote was included, many of your readers would have only read the quote highlighted.
The terrorist threat is not about religion. No religion would accept the acts we have witnessed recently. The threat is about criminals, at home and abroad, who seek to harm others, and those of us who are in a position to influence public discussion about this have a responsibility to differentiate between senseless acts of violence and what is a peaceful religion.