Going through my weekly reading pile, I found this snippet about this week’s Prime Minister’s recent visit to the United States, prepared by the Daily Tele’s Simon Benson:
Later that day, Turnbull delivered a speech to the DC-based think tank the Centre for Strategic and Independent Studies. Immediately apparent was the sharpening of his language. “We should not be so delicate as to say ISIL and its ilk have ‘got nothing to do with Islam’,” he said. This statement marks a radical swing for Turnbull.
You don’t say! And not just for Turnbull, but for the whole public discourse about islamic terrorism. Finally, someone in public office has had the guts to link, at least in words, the terroristic behaviour of muslims and their creed.
The next question is – why? What has changed, to cause the PM to at least begin moving away from denial to something resembling a realistic appraisal of the situation?
Turnbull needed to sound at least as tough as Obama has of late, and for the same reasons the US president has ratcheted up his language.
Both have found themselves close to being on the wrong side of the public argument.
Most certainly they have. Perhaps Turnbull, a most extraordinarily vain man, had had enough of the sound of people laughing at his rhetorical nakedness.
Anyway, let’s hope for more movement in the same direction. Only then will we begin, as a society, to address the threat that is islamic fundamentalist terrorism.