**Bumped and Update #8 AddedJune 12th**
I’ve opened a new category ‘ Canadian Jihad’ and will make separate posts as I follow the media and justice system treatment of the 17 domestic terrorists. It should be easier for readers to find new posts instead of scrolling for updates.
There seems to be some similarities with the 17 jihadi losers arrested in Ontario and the monsters that bombed London in July ’05 in that these are home-grown terrorists – the enemy within.
I am happy that the police were able to monitor this group and take them down before any atrocity was committed, even to the point that they sold them fake fertilizer. On the face of it this looks like good solid use of intelligence on the part of the authorities, including monitoring of internet activity. Bravo!
Now we will see how the arrests and the aftermath play out. Already some Imam is claiming that the jihadis are ‘peaceful’ sorts with no violent agenda – the spin begins. You will see the Islamists use stories like this vandalism to try and take the focus off the uncomfortable realities of the situation. The TO17 are home-spun jihadis, Canadian citizens that attended a mosque where ‘tolerance’ was preached – and yet somehow they were ‘radicalized’ enough to target Ottawa and Toronto for terror attacks.
There is a bail hearing set for Tuesday 6th – an indication that nations should not use the rule of law to fight terror – these jihadi morons need to be locked up for good with no chance of ever getting out. I won’t suggest we shoot them, let’s postpone their martyrdom indefinitely – much crueler punishment!
The radical islamists are at war with the rest of us – Canada needs to understand that and we need a better way to deal with the TO17 than bail hearings, trials and soft jails. Let’s open up a supermax prison in Iqaliut with minimal heating and send the hotheads up there to cool down.
Captain Ed has some US perspective on this story and the international effort to thwart the attacks.
I’m going to monitor the story from a couple of specific angles:
- the effectiveness of the Canadian justice system when dealing with terrorists, and
- the media coverage as the Islam spin-machine starts into overdrive.
UPDATE #1: Wow, that didn’t take long. The Canadian Islamic Congress has issued a press release that focusses on trying to blame the Canadian government for not spending any money on muslims. Oh, did you know that the CIC is the same outfit that hosted deranged UK MP George Galloway at its 2005 fund raiser? No agenda at the CIC? Sure.
UPDATE #2: Two of the accused are already in jail for weapons smuggling – serving a 2-year stretch. They were busted by Canadian border guards. Good news that they were caught, bad news that they only got 2 years – although here’s hoping that a couple of life sentences get tacked on to that time.
UPDATE #3: The Muslim Canadian Congress (MCC) has a press release expressing relief at the arrests before any violence was carried out. That’s nice, until you read down beyond the headline and see more blame Canada/UK/USA nonsense:
"Commenting on the news of the alleged terror cell, El-Farouk Khaki, Secretary General of the MCC said, the disclosure of this terror cell is a sad reflection of the fact that five years of the so called War on Terrorism has failed in all its objectives and has brought terror to our very doorsteps. "Canadians need to wake up and realise the recipe offered by George Bush and Tony Blair, and now being adopted by Stephen Harper, has only led to an increase of terrorism fuelled by the invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan." he added."
Get that? Yup, it’s our fault for trying to stop them. Note the language used ‘the so-called War on Terrorism’ and ‘fuelled by the invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan’. They are hitting all the usual buttons to get the media and Canadians averting their gaze inward instead of at organizations like the MCC and CIC. Not this time, this was close to home and there’s going to be some awkward questions asked of these apologists and enablers.
UPDATE #4: The ‘Broad Strata’ of the suspects. Again, this has been well covered, but this inane description of the 17 arrested Jihadis is designed to take attention away from the obvious fact that these thugs are all connected in an uncomfortable manner. It doesn’t matter that some are tall, others short – some employed, some not – some from Trinidad and some from Egypt. Those differences could be used to weakly reflect a ‘broad strata’ of society, if there wasn’t one over-riding similarity – these would-be murderers are all radicalized muslims. Why is that hard for the press to say??
UPDATE #4a: Pardon my missing this, but the ever blunt Christie Blatchford gets it, and says it, in this article.
UPDATE #5: The Toronto press corpse (I know) is pandering hard. First we have the Toronto Star with this picture and headline from the Saturday paper (h/t LGF). Today The Globe and Mail has two items: ‘The Friendly Zealot’ , a puff piece on accused terrorist Qayyum Jamal; and ‘Islam and the West’ which invites readers questions to two a discussion with muslim ‘leaders’ Hussein Hamdani and Aly Hindy, self declared ‘friend’ of the Khadr Family. Any idea what direction that ‘discussion’ might take?
UPDATE #5a: The Toronto Star is in love with itself and scooping the coverage of the arrests. In the same piece they attack Christie Blatchford’s straightforward article (see UPDATE #4a) and other right of centre viewpoints. The Star is a long term left rag, note the language here:
"The Star also took a few steps back, both on Sunday with a column by Thomas Walkom imploring people to view events with a critical eye, and again yesterday with a report by Linda Diebel on how the police played up the arrests for maximum spectacle."
15 terror suspects arrested (plus 2 in jail already) in Ontario after trying to buy 3 tons of fertilizer for bomb-making and the police ‘played it up’? The Star needs to get its priorities straight and concentrate on just what mayhem 3 tons of bomb could do to their beloved multi-culti mini Gotham.
UPDATE #6: Al-Reuters has a new story which claims that one of the arrested, Steven Chand wanted to behead Stephen Harper. Disturbing enough information, but then the Al-Reuters spin machine gets rolling and includes such gems as:
"Chand’s lawyer, Gary Batasar, said his client faced several serious charges and was concerned that intense media interest in the details of the case in Canada and the United States could jeopardize Chand’s chances of a fair trial…./ …It appears to me that whether you’re in Ottawa or Toronto or Crawford, Texas, or Washington D.C., what is wanting to be instilled in the public is fear, and that’s why everybody’s here today, and that’s unfortunate," he said."
So, the main concern we should have are not that this lunatic wannabe terrorist wanted to remove our PM’s noggin, but that he might not get a fair trial? Cry me a river. As for the second part of the lawyer’s quote – is he serious about the people showing up to see and cover the first court appearance trying to ‘instil fear’? Isn’t that what his depraved client had in mind? The difference is simple, the lawyer is spinning a story to make the perp the victim yet his client is facing only words and photographs as weapons – not the 3 tonne bomb the radicalized moron and his merry men were planning. Expect nothing better from this news agency.
UPDATE #7: The ‘Islam and the West’ discussion is up on the Globe and Mail site. Try not to gag as you read the responses from Aly Hindy. I noted that in one response he complains that the arrests were so publicly carried out – yet can you imagine his reaction if the police and/or CSIS had made secretive arrests and did not disclose the names of the suspects? The authorities are in a no-win situation with ‘community leaders’ like Hindy – another good reason why Canada should have a better vehicle than the courts to deal with terrorists. Maybe if the US empties Guantanamo the Canadians could lease it; effective date when hell freezes over. Grrr.
UPDATE #7a: Not really an update, but work commitments will interrupt my coverage for a couple of days – I’ll jump back on the horse soon. Of course, I am making the large assumption that any one might actually be reading this.