Nothing to Do With Islam?

wtc2Whenever I hear the likes of Barrack Obama, David Cameron and other sundry spokesmen, from the ranks of the politically correct, posing as experts on Islam, I am torn between anger and laughter at the depth of their imbecility. Their ability to pretend not to see what is in plain sight seems limitless.

ISIS has nothing to do with Islam? Terrorists, inconveniently quoting the Koran, have nothing to do with Islam? Perhaps terrorists could just as easily be Catholic nuns, Presbyterians, bored  “youths”, maybe even geriatric war veterans. That is the way of airport security in our multicultural paradise. After all, you cannot be seen to single out a certain group — you-know-who devotees of the Prophet, aka the founder of that creed which must never, ever be named.

We read that

“Authorities in Canada are trying to understand what motivated a gunman to kill the soldier with Harper calling the shooting the country’s second “terrorist” attack this week. During his remarks this morning, Harper continued to connect the two attacks, saying that they were perpetrated by “young men born and raised in this peaceful country” who turned their backs on the values that they were taught.”

Despite blindingly obvious evidence to the contrary, Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird  told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour there is “no evidence at this stage” that Michael Zehaf-Bibeau was linked to a wider group, or network, of jihadists.

“There’s no evidence at this stage for us to know that. Obviously there’s an investigation going on, and we hope to learn more in the … coming days. It was clear that, police authorities now have announced, that he was acting alone yesterday”.

Alone? So all those “lone wolves”, all quoting the Koran, are completely unconnected? Really?

Nothing has really changed. Readers may recall that in 2006 a plot was hatched in Canada to capture and behead the Canadian Prime Minister and blow up public buildings. Fortunately, the plotters were discovered and arrested. Of course, what bound the plotters together was hidden in plain sight, as a report that was the apotheosis of political correctness in the Toronto Star of June 4, 2006, demonstrated. Seventeen suspects had been arrested for an alleged plot to kill Canadian leaders and blow up key buildings. However, there was a mystery baffling the police. What was the link between the various suspects? What had brought them all together? The  report, entitled The ties that bind 17 suspects?, showed the supposed rigour with which the police were investigating this plot (author’s emphasis)

In investigators’ offices, an intricate graph plotting the links between the 17 men and teens charged with being members of a homegrown terrorist cell covers at least one wall. And still, says a source, it is difficult to find a common denominator.

RCMP Assistant Commissioner Mike McDonell said yesterday the suspects are all Canadian residents and the majority are citizens. “They represent the broad strata of our community. Some are students, some are employed, some are unemployed.”

Would the names of those arrested have provided a clue? Excluding five juveniles, whose names were not given, they were as follows: Fahim Ahmad; Zakaria Amara; Asad Ansari; Shareef Abdelhaleen; Qayyum Abdul Jamal; Mohammed Dirie; Yasim Abdi Mohamed; Jahmaal James; Amin Mohamed Durrani; Abdul Shakur; Ahmad Mustafa Ghany; Saad Khalid.

Hmm, these names were somewhat different from those one would normally associate with Canadians. You don’t often bump into a Canadian named ‘Mohamed’ or ‘Mohammed’, for example. Yet no less than three of those arrested shared that name. Hold it right there!, said the politically correct establishment, how could naming decisions made by parents many years previously have any relevance to the current situation?

No, I am not making this up. Eight years on it is now clear that Canadian officialdom failed to connect the dots. Only the bravery of Sergeant-at-Arms of the House of Commons, Kevin Vickers, averted disaster.

If the West does finally collapse in the politically correct multicultural mire, it may well be said by some future historian that it died from stupidity. The big hope is that ordinary punters are waking up.

Christopher Carr is a frequent contributor to Quadrant Online 

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