Did you endure Q&A, stick with Mondayâ€™s show until near the very end? Itâ€™s always difficult, what with Tony Jonesâ€™ tactical interruptions and the inevitable stacking of panel and audience â€“ although last nightâ€™s presentation didnâ€™t even bother with the pretense of â€?balanceâ€™. Unless you count The Australianâ€™s Niki Savva as a PR operative for Malcolm Turnbull, which you should, every invited voice was a smug simper straight from the green-left heart of ABC luvviedom: the imminent peril of climate change, Australiaâ€™s vile racism, nuclear war, the cretinous absurdity of religious belief, Donald Trump as an evil four-year-old, puppetmaster Putin and his White House marionette â€¦.
Even by Q&Aâ€™s standards it was a full-court press of approved opinions, which is why Jones needed to interrupt only a handful of times. With no conservative on the panel, the compere could relax, dig the vibe, bask in likeminded company, allow the flow of virtuous clichĂ©s to proceed without the disruptions he brings to bear whenever an ideologically unsound guest is poised to make a salient point.
So cosy was Q&A‘s groupthink gathering that, with just a few minutes to go, compere and guests felt emboldened to address Islamic terror without the de rigeur qualifications that customarily follow every latest scraping of body parts off footpaths and buses — or,Â this very morning, mopping the blood and flesh off the concourse of a Manchester concert venue where at least 19 blameless humans have been shredded. According to preliminary reports many of the victims were teenage girls no older than Aisha, Mohammad’s beloved child bride.
Jones would have needed to stick his bib in had there been a conservative on hand, someone prepared to hazard the audience’s jeers by saying, â€?Look, as a political system dressed as a religion, Islam blows up infidels because, one way or another â€“ breeding or bombs â€“ its adherents are fully confident their system will subsume ours.â€ť Instead, untroubled by the annoyance of a naysaying voice, the panel did what luvvies do best: traded the noxious nostrums that are their craven stock-in-trade, the rationales and â€śexplanationsâ€ť that demonstrate, at least to their own satisfaction, why they are so much sharper than those who regard dismembered 13-year-olds as cause for concern.
Hereâ€™s the Guardianâ€™s Mona Chalabi. If you can stomach the video, she flings her faux pearls before the Islamophobes and swinish hoi polloiÂ at the showâ€™s 56-minute mark (emphasis added):
â€¦actually, the threat of Islamic fundamentalism, if you want to view it in terms of number of dead bodies, which, as awful as it sounds, is the way to kind of make sense of some threat, actually, really, isnâ€™t that presentâ€¦
â€¦ the chance of being killed by a foreign-born terrorist is one in 3.6 million â€¦ but all of our perception of threat has been distorted because of the way that risk is presented to us by politicians.
A smug stick insect and tireless self-promoter, fellow guest Lawrence Krauss, the warmist shill who has the gall to present himself as a man of science, couldnâ€™t resist the temptation to demonstrate a nuanced acuity. Below are his actual words, reproduced verbatim. Try not to throw up.
Youâ€™re more likely to be killed by a refrigerator, in the United States, falling on you.
If you need to read this loathsome creatureâ€™s glib sophistry once more, just to grasp the full breadth of its breathtaking brazenness, brace yourself and do so.
Tumbling refrigerators are a bigger hazard Â than Islamic terrorism? God Almighty but that Krauss is a filthy liar.
What, Kelvinators killed more people than died in San Bernadino, where a Muslim couple turned on workmates who had just thrown them a baby shower, gunning them down at their desks?
What, falling Frigidaires claimed more lives than a Muslim gunman methodically executing homosexuals in an Orlando nightclub?
This was a moment when Jones really should have interrupted, asked Krauss if he lies about everything, not just when reality and circumstance intrude on favoured pieties.
But of course Jones was silent. Itâ€™s a monstrously absurd and obscene self-evident untruth to claim that refrigerators are more dangerous than terrorists, but it fits with the approved narrative, so not a peep from the man who is paid by the national broadcaster to promote fair, free, frank and factual debate on matters of national importance.
This morning, mere hours after Jonesâ€™ guests pocketed their ABC taxi vouchers and repaired to hotel rooms paid for with taxpayer dollars processed through the Sydney Writers Festival, mere children were torn to pieces on the other side of the world.
Life isn’t fair and death less so. What if that blast had detonated in an Ultimo TV studio? Unlike those young girls in Manchester, their lives snuffed out before they could begin, none of the panelâ€™s likely casualties would have represented the slightest reduction in humanityâ€™s intelligence, decency, empathy or honesty.
Mind you, as Krauss felt his body being penetrated by the Prophetâ€™s shrapnel of nuts, bolts and nails, those goitered eyes might in their last glimmering have caught a glimpse of vindication.
A blast of Manchester dimensions must surely knock over the studioâ€™s lunchroom refrigerator. Â Allah only knows how many innocent lives that shocking incident might claim.
Roger Franklin is the editor of Quadrant Online