“Police said they thwarted a plot to carry out beheadings in Australia by supporters of the radical Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group by detaining 15 people and raiding more than a dozen properties across Sydney on Thursday,” cbc.ca reports. “The raids involving 800 federal and state police officers — the largest in the country’s history — came in response to intelligence that ISIS in the Middle East was calling on Australian supporters to kill, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said.” And here’s the really scary bit . . .
Later Thursday, Attorney General George Brandis confirmed that a person born in Afghanistan who had spent time in Australia and is now working with ISIS in the Middle East ordered supporters in Australia to behead people and videotape the executions.
“If the … police had not acted today, there is a likelihood that this would have happened,” Brandis told the Australian Broadcasting Corp. . . .
One of those detained, 22-year-old Omarjan Azari of Sydney, appeared briefly in a Sydney court on Thursday.
Prosecutor Michael Allnutt said Azari was involved in a plan to “gruesomely” kill a randomly selected person — something that was “clearly designed to shock and horrify” the public. That plan involved an “unusual level of fanaticism,” he said.
What are the odds that Islamic terrorists would kidnap and behead an American in the United States? Fairly small – but a lot more than none, I’d imagine. And growing greater as our military machine attempts to fulfill President Obama’s pledge to “degrade and denigrate” ISIS.
What are the odds that YOU would be the randomly selected target of these psycho-killers? Who cares? Islamic fanaticism is only one of many reasons psycho-killers kill, should reason even come into it. The possibiity of a terrorist attack is just another reason to exercise your natural, civil and Constitutional right to keep and bear arms.
Meanwhile, I wonder how the next terrorist atrocity in America will affect the fight to defend and extend our gun rights. More Patriot Act tyranny or the continued resurgence of true patriotism? I hope we never find out but I suspect we will, sooner rather than later.