In light of the Paris terrorist attacks which killed more than 130 people, The Project co-host Waleed Aly used his “Something we should talk about” segment on the Australian program to call out the fear tactics adopted by the Islamic State, saying that the terrorist group’s agenda is to in fact make Muslims the enemy of the West. He then called for unity among Muslims and non-Muslims alike.
“I am angry at these terrorists. I am sickened by the violence and I am crushed for the families that have been left behind, but, you know what, I won’t be manipulated. We all need to come together,” Aly proclaimed. “They want you to fear them. They want you to get angry. They want all of us to become hostile.”
Aly dubbed the ISIL forces as “weak,” saying that the Paris attacks were a reaction to the terrorist groups own failings caused by land and airstrikes as Western and Middle Eastern forces work together in an attempt to defeat the terrorist regime.
They want to appear powerful. Aly believes that ISIL is set on kick-starting World War III, or, “a global war between Muslims and everyone else.”
What Aly says is undeniably true; following acts of terror and the overwhelming media coverage, the Western world is filled to the brim with panic, anger and hate. From all of those negative emotions comes bigotry and hostility, often geared towards those who are undeserving. In this case, innocent Muslims who have no affiliation whatsoever with violent terrorist groups.
“If they can make Muslims the enemy of the West, then Muslims in France, England, America and here in Australia will have nowhere to turn, but to ISIL,” Aly said.
Aly closed his segment with a powerful monologue for the rest of the world:
“If you are a member of parliament (or has-been member of parliament), preaching hate at a time when what we actually need is more love, you’re helping ISIL. They’ve told us that. If you’re a Muslim leader telling your community they have no place here, or a non-Muslim basically saying the same thing, you’re helping ISIL. They have told us that. Or if you’re just someone with a Facebook or Twitter account firing off misguided missives of hate, you’re just helping ISIL. They’ve told us that. And I’m pretty sure that, right now, none of us wants to help these bastards.”