The Sydney cafe siege of Man Haron Monis has provoked some interesting responses, not least as he appears to have been a high profile, and rather unpleasant figure, in Australia for some years. My twitter timeline is often clogged up with people complaining about the government of Tony Abbott and perceived Australian racism, yet what is most noticeable in the Monis case is the tolerance with which Australia appears to have treated him.
2015 marks the hundredth anniversary of what can perhaps be seen as the first Islamist terror attack in Australia - the Battle of Broken Hill in 1915. Perhaps the most detailed comparative piece on Broken Hill and Martin Place so far has been by an Australian Pastor, Mark Durie, published by the Middle East Forum as "One Hundred Years of Jihad in Australia" That is perhaps a slighly erroneous title, as Australia was hardly threatened by jihadist actors during its decades of a more isloationist foreign policy, or, crucially, when it had far fewer Islamists on its territory.
This being The Guardian, Sparrow perhaps avoids the obvious point - that Anarchists came to reject such violence as a strategy (or even a tactic) a development yet to shape many Islamist actors. Either way, there is plenty of interest in both articles, and they serve as a reminder that some issues may not be as new, or even as threatening, as they at first appear.