Jihadi Man Monis terrorises Lindt Café in Martin Place (Sydney) siege
On 15 December 2014, self-proclaimed Muslim sheikh Man Haron Monis entered the Lindt Café in Martin Place, Sydney CBD, and took 17 people hostage in an Islamic State-inspired jihadist attack. He was eventually shot dead but not before two hostages lost their lives.
Man Monis was an Iranian-born migrant granted political asylum in Australia in 2001 (having initially sought it in 1996).
At the time of the siege, Man Monis was on bail after being charged with being an accessory to his ex-wife’s murder (and over 40 counts of sexual assault). He had also recently converted from Shi'a to Sunni Islam. Man Monis had also become a much stricter Muslim in 2007, insisting his then wife wear a veil and not sing or dance because “I'm doing it for Islam ... I want to be a martyr.”
The tragic café siege began just before 10 am that Monday morning and lasted 16 long hours. Early in the siege, Man Monis forced his hostages to hold the jihadist Black Standard flag (with the “Shahadah” in white Arabic letters) up in the café window.
- The Shahadah or “testimony” – the Muslim profession of faith – is the first of the Five Pillars of Islam and says that, “There is no god but Allah and Muhammad is his (the) Prophet.”
Man Monis had demanded an Islamic State flag be brought to him – the call sign for the jihadi world – the authorities refused.
Soon after 2am the next morning, Man Monis shot at an escaping hostage, then shot the café owner, upon which police stormed the café and fatally shot Man Monis in the head. Tragically, another hostage also died in the volley of bullets, whilst three other hostages and a police officer were injured.
This jihadist siege was widely reported throughout Australia and the world with the usual politically correct tiptoeing about what was occurring, speculating about the attacker's underlying motivations and whether the West may be partly culpable for a PC concoction of mental illness, disgruntlement and/or alienation. These deflections and obfuscations were even accompanied by the idea that designating it a jihadi or terrorist attack would somehow only serve the interests of Islamic State and succeed in dividing “us”.
Mark/commiserate this anniversary of the jihadist Lindt Café siege by:
- (if you are in/near Sydney) visiting the “Reflection” memorial in Martin Place
- watching these documentaries on the siege
- viewing these clips on the siege
- reading further on the meaning of jihad or “struggle” – for Salafists or Qutbists, its geo-political first, and then to the more introspective and personal pursuits (once the world has been converted)
- recalling these other two recent jihadist attacks on Australian soil
- scanning this list of terrorist incidents in Australia
- perusing this partial list of prominent Islamic terrorism acts committed over the last four decades (mostly in the West)
- listening to Senator Bernardi and the Conservative Party’s position on Australia’s dual citizens that are caught committing, or conspiring to commit, acts of Islamic terrorism as well as visa reform
- browsing our long and well-established positions on immigration and citizenship, and/or
- sharing this Action Plan post on social media with family, friends, conservatives, our law enforcement community, proud Aussie patriots, anti-nihilists and those that support our way of life and oppose open borders and cultural relativism.
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