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Adelaide expert says don't blame asylum seekers


An Adelaide expert fears middle-eastern asylum seekers may be even less welcome in Australia and internationally as a result of the horrific terrorist attacks in New York and Washington.

The Southern Cross reports that University of Adelaide strategic studies lecturer Dr John Bruni has also cautioned Australia's Islamic community to be extremely sensitive with their public statements so they don't further inflame public opinion of Muslims as "fanatics".

This follows the 11 September terrorist attacks which levelled the World Trade Centre in New York City, left the Pentagon in flames and crashed a commercial jetliner outside Pittsburgh.

Dr Bruni said many people in the community laid the entire blame for the attack on the whole Islamic community and branded them all fanatics.

"It's a normal human reaction to find blame and filter a complex international situation down to basics such as labelling people fanatics," he said. "This only enforces the stereotypes we in the West already have regarding people of Islamic descent, irrespective of the fact that most of them are incredibly decent and wonderful people."

SOURCE
Southern Cross


8-Oct-01