By Miranda Devine
July 14 2002
So now we know the facts, straight from
the Supreme Court, that a group of Lebanese Muslim gang rapists
from south-western Sydney hunted their victims on the basis
of their ethnicity and subjected them to hours of degrading,
dehumanising torture. The young women, and girls as young
as 14, were "sluts" and "Aussie pigs",
the rapists said. So now that some of the perpetrators are
in jail, will those people who cried racism and media "sensationalism"
hang their heads in shame? Hardly.
The journalists, academics, legal brains
and politicians who tried to claim last August that the gang
rapes of south-western Sydney were just a run-of-the-mill
police blotter story being beaten up by racists, scaremongers
and political opportunists don't ever want to acknowledge
the truth about that ugly episode in Australian history. They
don't want to acknowledge the fear and tension that ran through
a part of Sydney they rarely visit and can never understand.
This newspaper was the first to report
the story, which had been common knowledge in police and media
circles, and it has never censored the race element.
Even last week, with the conviction of
two brothers for their part in the gang rape of Miss D, who
was 16 when she was held at gunpoint in a Greenacre park,
there were media outlets that downplayed the story and air-brushed
race from it.
Yet the victims have been crying out for
the truth to be told. In court on Friday, one victim gave
another a card on which she had written
"Truth is Justice".
In August, when Judge Megan Latham handed
out laughably lenient sentences to three men in one gang rape
case, which were later more than doubled on appeal, she made
a special point of debunking the race link: "There is
no evidence before me of any racial element in the commission
of these offences," she said. "There is nothing
said or done by the offenders which provides the slightest
basis for imputing to them some discrimination in terms of
the nationality of their victims."
Except that later one of the victims complained
her victim impact statement had been "censored"
of any "ethnic" references by prosecutors intent
on a plea bargain. She was convinced she was raped because
of her ethnicity. "You deserve it because you're an Australian,"
the rapists told her during the five-hour attack.
It's just so inconvenient of the victims
to insist on telling the truth.
"I looked in his eyes. I had never
seen such indifference," one 18-year-old victim, codenamed
Miss C, told the court, remembering one of the 14 men who
called her "Aussie pig", gang raped her 25 times
over a six-hour period in Bankstown and Chullora, and then
turned a hose on her. "I'm going to f*** you Leb style,"
Fourteen gang rapists have been convicted,
or pleaded guilty, thanks to the courage of seven victims
who testified for days in court as their tormentors smirked
nearby, the men's families threatened them and defence lawyers
suggested they had enjoyed the rapes.
"They're very brave, very strong and
very courageous young women," said Salvation Army Major
Joyce Harmer, who held the hands of many of the victims through
the trials. "They knew this was something they had to
There were encouraging signs by the end
of the week that some Muslim community leaders were talking
of "Muslims accepting responsibility that they may have
failed to do things that would have prevented these things
from happening", as Amjad Mehboob, chief executive for
the Federation of Islamic Councils, told ABC Radio on Friday.
Keysar Trad, vice-president of the Lebanese
Muslim Association, said: "It is certainly a disgrace
to our community that people who were born to a Muslim family
would commit such heinous crimes." But he went on to
say it was "rather unfair" that the rapists' ethnicity
had been reported "because these boys themselves have
completely disaffiliated themselves from their culture or
Yes, it is unfair that the vast bulk of
law-abiding Lebanese Muslim boys and men should be smeared
by association. But their temporary discomfort may be necessary
so that the powerful social tool of shame is applied to the
families and communities that nurtured the rapists, gave them
succour and brought them up with such a hatred of Australia's
dominant culture and contempt for its women that they think
of an 18-year-old girl, dressed for a job interview in her
best suit, sitting on a train reading a book, as a slut.
Note : It's
sick, but what else can we expect from the media and authorities;
they are all the same. All they care about is protecting the
image of the wonderful world of multi-culturalism, the people
and their rights be damned!
I can sympathise 100% with
the comments above about how it would have all
been treated very differently if the criminals
were Anglo Celtic Australians
Take a look at this item
from the UK .... Why
Are We Being Misled ?