Monday, June 05, 2006

Name That Elephant!

Here's a witty article from a journalist in Canada that gets it.

Perhaps not all is lost in Canada.

Ignoring the biggest elephant in the room
By CHRISTIE BLATCHFORD


Monday, June 5, 2006, Page A1

I drove back from yesterday's news conference at the Islamic Foundation of Toronto in the northeastern part of the city, but honestly, I could have just as easily floated home in the sea of horse manure emanating from the building.

So frequent were the bald reassurances that faith and religion had nothing -- nothing, you understand -- to do with the alleged homegrown terrorist plot recently busted open by Canadian police and security forces, that for a few minutes afterward, I wondered if perhaps it was a vile lie of the mainstream press or a fiction of my own demented brain that the 17 accused young men are all, well, Muslims.

But no. I have checked. They are all Muslims.

Such is the state of ignoring the biggest, fattest elephant in the room in this country that at one point Chief Blair actually bragged -- this in answer to a question from the floor -- "I would remind you that there was not one single reference made by law enforcement to Muslim or Muslim community" at the big post-arrest news conference on Saturday.

Indeed, law-enforcement types there took enormous pains to say just the opposite: The arrested men are from a diverse variety of backgrounds ("They're students, they're employed, they're unemployed" one official said, which is akin to running the gamut from A to oh, C); they come from all parts of Canadian society; blah, blah, blah.

Even before I knew for sure that they're all Muslims, I suspected as much from what I saw on the tube, perhaps because I am a trained observer, or you know, because I have eyes.

The accused men are mostly young and mostly bearded in the Taliban fashion. They have first names like Mohamed, middle names like Mohamed and last names like Mohamed. Some of their female relatives at the Brampton courthouse who were there in their support wore black head-to-toe burkas (now there's a sight to gladden the Canadian female heart: homegrown burka-wearers darting about just as they do in Afghanistan), which is not a getup I have ever seen on anyone but Muslim women.

And from far outside the courthouse, if the Muslim question wasn't settled, there was the likes of Scarborough Imam Aly Hindy telling the Toronto Star that: "Because they are young people and they are Muslims, they are saying it is terrorism."

But what came clear at that meeting yesterday, which was an odd mix of community venting and news conference, is that many of those people who went to the microphone to ask questions, and some of those who answered them from the podium, are far more concerned about a possible anti-Muslim backlash to the arrests than they are about the allegations that a whole whack of their young people were bent on blowing something up in the city; that they are generally worked up about Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan and the Americans in Iraq, and that even as they talk about Islam being a religion of peace, they do not sound or appear particularly peaceable.

4 comments:

eyesallaround said...

They had some dim wit Mayor on TV saying “Don’t worry, Torontonians are tolerant people and we don’t fear for the safety of our muslim population.” I thought *VOMIT* Who the hell would be worried about the damned muslims? What a JACK ASS!

It will take a few serious attacks to wake up the retards on the left. I saw one of those dim wit “Dixie Chicks” on Larry King the other day and of course everyone knew what her opinion on the Iraq war was.

Well she has a new video in which a woman poisons her abusive husband. The “chick” said “Well, I have a daughter and I wouldn’t want her to put up with that stuff.”

I thought “WOMEN’S SHELTERS ARE ALL OVER THE COUNTRY! YOU DON’T HAVE TO MURDER THE GUY!” Liberals are so STUPID. If it affects them they go so far to the extreme, it’s ridiculous. If it doesn’t affect them, then they just don’t give a shit. 100% hypocrites.

friendlysaviour said...

A very astute comment there, eyes.
I got the same impression from an interview in uk.
Artistes seem to flock together on this one.
Although it reminds me a bit of the Sixties, even hippies had more balls than now! Youth culture seems firmly controlled by massive publcity campaigns. Politicians sell themselves, everyones at it.

eyesallaround said...

I was thinking also about the difference between the way the press handles KNOWN criminal muslims versus SUSPECTED soldiers. Their eyes gleam with joy at the thought that they might have found a soldier that killed an Iraqi civilian... They are like ravinous wolves prowling around waiting for their victim to stumble (our brave soldiers). Yet, when a muslim is caught RED HANDED, they mince words and waltz around the subject.... The difference is really shocking.

friendlysaviour said...

eyes,..shocking indeed.