The apparent escalation of the civil war in Syria where the US has agreed to supply arms to the rebels and the Iranians have decided to send a contingent of some 4000 troops to help Syrian President Bashir al-Assad fight the rebels, was all the Islamophobic racist and fearmonger Andrew Bolt needed to promote fear and hatred of Islam in Australia.
In his blog today, Bolt says that, as a result of Australia’s immigration policies of allowing Islamic people into Australia, Australia’s suburbs are likely to become a battlefield as Sunni-Shia tensions spill into the streets beyond Syria. And, of course, innocent Aussies will be caught up in the cross-fire of violence that Bolt sees coming Australia’s way.
For Bolt the war in Syria is merely another opportunity to perpetuate his hatred of Islam. Instead of using his influence to find Australian Sunni and Shia leaders to come on to his Bolt Report show in order to attempt to calm things down on Australia’s streets, he prefers to invite racist lunatics like MP George Brandis who’s keen to deport any non-white refugee if they commit a crime. Instead of making an effort to help keep Australia peaceful in a much more useful way, he prefers to present his ideas of ‘keeping Australia peaceful’ by promoting his own brand of Islamophobic racism.
It’s bad enough that Sunni and Shia feel the need to fight each other in Syria, but it’s something else when racists like Bolt abuse the crisis to push their own agenda of fear and hatred.