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He was just a face in the crowd back then. One of an estimated 2 million who earlier this year joined a Paris solidarity rally after terrorists killed 17 people during attacks on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and a local supermarket.
What Ross Guenther didn't know at the time was he would soon be given the task of stopping similar attacks in his home state of Victoria.
A couple of months ago he was appointed the first Assistant Commissioner (Counter terrorism) which is a public acknowledgment of the blindingly obvious. That the risk of a local terrorist attack is real and will not fade in the forseeable future.
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Commissioner Ross Guenther. Photo: Chris Hopkins
But Ross "The Boss" Guenther and his counter terrorism team can't run on emotion. For this is the main weapon of those on the other side. Those who will kill in the name of their god, their flag or their particular dogma.
He says while terrorists initially want to kill and disrupt, the long term game is to promote fear and hate until we turn on michael kors outlet
"To isolate sections of the community is exactly what they want," he says.
Which is why senior police are so disappointed at the violent clashes between the ultra right loonbags who think Australia was discovered by Jimmy Barnes (James Reyne was navigator) and the far left who think Karl Marx was Harpo's brother and Vladimir Lenin wrote Back in the USSR before marrying Yoko Ono.
Every violent image and every Islamic terrorist event makes many in the Australian Muslim community feel as if they are strangers in their own country.
Around the time that bogans with slogans were protesting at Melton (the last time they stared at the Southern Cross it was on their tattooist's hairy chest) there was a more civilised nike outlet
gathering at Melbourne's French Festival.
Ross Guenther was there to show support (and probably to get a feed of garlic snails). A local patisserie owner told him a French girl employed at the shop rang on the Monday after the Paris attack asking if hugo boss
she was welcome at work. The girl is Muslim.
After a terrorist incident two years ago a local office went ahead with their planned pre grand final barbecue on the Yarra. All staff turned up except two who cancelled at the last minute the only Muslims on staff.
Guenther points out there isn't one Muslim community just as there isn't one Christian community. Those who believe in Christ include Catholics, Protestants, Methodists and members of the Ku Klux Klan (who hide their pointy heads behind masks just like our homegrown demonstrators).
Policing, itself, is a broad church and there are many roads to the police academy (which, after all, is a former Catholic seminary) and the one Guenther chose is unique indeed.
His mother was a professional opera singer and accomplished pianist and Guenther followed her into the music business as a top notch saxophone player, leaving his Monash economics law degree to take to the road.
He worked in Hobart, Perth, Alice Springs and Launceston, often playing in casino show bands. He backed international acts including Jerry Lewis, Shirley Bassey and Barry White, (although Barry was peeved when the sax player took a solo, drowning out the big man's warbling lyrics).
But when he went to buy his first home the bank wouldn't give him a mortgage because his income was not consistent enough.
His brother was in the job and so he decided to join not so much to catch crooks but because he figured that while working shifts he could still groove away in the music business. It is a fair bet he is the only serving policeman to moonlight as a member of the Channel Nine band.
So while he was chasing cat burglars and car thieves as a cop, nike outlet
once a week he was backing Frankie J. Holden on In Melbourne Tonight.
Back in his days at Prahran, Guenther was on standby to move on to nightshift to replace a young constable who had shot an armed suspect attempting to rob a TAB.
But the keen young man said he would be right and would see out his roster.
The policeman was Steven Tynan and during that nightshift he was shot dead with Damian Eyre when they were ambushed in Walsh Street on October 12, 1988.
That was an act of terrorism by a group of armed robbers bent on revenge against any police they could find. And that is exactly the threat today from disaffected Muslim men who can be radicalised in a matter of months.
In October, a 15 year old boy shot dead Curtis Cheng, an unarmed civilian employed by the NSW police department, outside the Parramatta State Crime Command before being shot and killed himself.
In September the previous year, an 18 year old man was shot dead after he stabbed two police officers outside the Endeavour Hills station.
These two attacks show how terrorism has changed in just two years. Before Endeavour Hills, the main threat was of a big ticket attack at events such as an AFL final or the Melbourne Cup.
But the very nature of the plots required multiple offenders and detailed planning. This gives police more time to uncover the groups and intervene.
Now it is the so called lone wolf or a small wolf pack that is the threat young men, Guenther says, whose brains have yet to fully mature and who remain susceptible to a line of propaganda peddled online or by radical locals.