OPINION: Extremist acts need a global response plan
I UNDERSTAND the concerns held by many about the danger posed by Islamic State extremists.
IS poses the most complex law and order problem I have encountered in my 23 years as a journalist.
I write the following as an observer and not an expert.
As this global IS threat escalates we can expect more Paris-like attacks on innocent people as the terrorist army becomes increasingly desperate in its bid to terrorise those who would defeat its caliphate plans.
US President Obama said last week that IS was contained, later clarifying that he meant in the Syrian conflict, and not globally.
That containment development may well be the trigger behind the Paris murders.
The Paris attacks are not the death throes of IS but it does flag its brutal intention to go down in flames.
The question is, how many young psychopaths are left for IS to send to the slaughter house of suicide attacks?
What we need to understand is that the free world is at war and this is a cruel, deluded and determined foe.
Like it or not, Australia is part of that fight and Central Queensland is part of Australia.
This will require a global response in keeping with the threat and it seems to me that is a plan that is still being thrashed out.
There will come time when the IS atrocities reach a tipping point.
I thought the Russian plane bombing and now the Paris attack would prompt a massive escalation in the global response. Maybe, maybe not.
As a community we need to engage in sensible and mature discussion about the issues and challenges we will face as Australia does its share.
This is new ground and could well include how to deal with the arrival of Syrian refugees who have fled the terror of IS.
To say "no more refugees" is to turn our backs on women and children suffering in the most dire situations.
We can't let an army of monsters turn us into a heartless nation.
This is not the Australian way.