Toronto police chief: Faith had nothing to do with it

posted at 8:39 pm on June 4, 2006 by Allahpundit

It ain’t just a river in Egypt:

“It appears that a number of these young men were motivated by an ideology based on politics, hatred and terrorism, and not on faith,” said Chief Bill Blair after meeting with local Muslim leaders to discuss their fears of repercussions.

“I am not aware of any mosques that these individuals were influenced by,” he said.

Super. Here’s an article published today by the New York Times about the mosque attended by several of the suspects, the eldest of whom served on its board and led prayers. “Neighbors said the Islamic Center had grown very popular in the last few years.” Nice to know Toronto PD is on the ball.

Portrait of a September 10th society:

Martin Rudner, a national security professor and director of the Canadian Centre of Intelligence and Security Studies at Carleton University in Ottawa, says most Canadians believe they belong to a just, “highly decent” society. Therefore, they simply don’t understand why someone would want to attack them.

“I think most Canadians are going to be in a state of denial,” Rudner says. “I think there is a very profound feeling among Canadians of, : ‘why would anyone want to do us harm?’”

The Toronto Star has new details about the plot. It turns out the ammonium nitrate was purchased as part of a sting: indeed, it was the RCMP that delivered the substance to the suspects, a fact which I’m sure terror apologists will have great fun with over the next few days.

Meanwhile, the president of the Islamic Supreme Council of Canada says he expects a torrent of hatred to reign down upon Muslims in the aftermath of the pinch. And in fact, someone did smash 30 windows at a mosque in Toronto overnight. Members of the RCMP, Toronto police, and CSIS met with community leaders a few hours earlier to assure them that they won’t stand idly by if crazed Canadians descend upon their neighborhoods with torches and pitchforks. But one local woman wondered whether special meetings between cops and Muslims might not send the wrong message:

[B]usinesswoman Salma Siddiqui … said security is a Canadian, not a Muslim, issue.

“None of these gatherings are going to do us any good,” she said. “Appeasement doesn’t do us any good.

“Well, we’re going to have a photo-op. The imams are going to do this, the imams are going to do that.

The most important thing is buying into real Canadian citizenship. Be good citizens … it’s a Canadian citizens’ responsibility — and I talk as a Canadian citizen — that we do whatever is right for our country.”

The suspects are due back in court on Tuesday. Considering how yesterday’s hearings went, it should be a real chucklefest:

[Defense lawyer Rocco] Galati … said the whole operation was conveniently staged in advance of upcoming Supreme Court discussions on how security and terror is investigated, also sparred with [Judge] Farnum over his client having his prescription glasses removed.

“Please direct the officers to return them,” he instructed the JP, who in turn said. “I can’t order them to do anything.”

Security and what could be “harmful to their safety,” the JP said, is their call.

Galati sarcastically responded, “I would like them to be provided with a copy of the Koran — if that is not too harmful to their safety.”

An angry Farnum shot back, “don’t toy with me — I don’t like it.”

Galati also complained about “armed OPP” being in the court. “I don’t feel safe with an automatic weapon pointed in my direction.”

But the rest of us don’t feel safe with people running around with explosives and fertilizer and plans to hurt innocent Canadians.

Galati brought a friend with him to court, too: Aly Hindy, an imam from Toronto who happens to be pals with … the Khadr family.

Reaction? The Islamic Supreme Council of Canada condemns the alleged terrorist plot, but the Canadian Islamic Congress is a bit more nuanced. Toronto Star columnist Haroon Siddiqui, who had a quite a lot to say recently about Ayaan Hirsi Ali, doesn’t have much to offer for this story. But Rosie DiManno, his colleague at the Star, does:

If the accusations prove true, this isn’t just slumming with jihad. For the benighted who claim that the war on terrorism is terrorism: Here is your war.

Finally, from the blowback files, Winnipeg Sun columnist Eric Margolis and Taliban douchebag Mullah Dadullah agree: it’s time for Canada to get out of Afghanistan.

The break-up of the alleged terror cell also raises questions about the Canadian military role in Afghanistan, which was recently extended until 2009, and whether it might have inspired the rage of those arrested Friday night.

A recent interview given by Mullah Dadullah, a Taliban commander, to al-Jazeera television, warns that the military presence in Kandahar makes Canadians a target.

But the prime minister defended the mission, insisting that Canada is “helping to take back the countryside from drug lords and from terrorists.”

“It is a dangerous world and we cannot turn a blind eye to it,” Harper said in his speech.

As for Margolis, Goldstein does the honors. Jeff told me recently he’s thinking of quitting his blog, but I told him no way: lefty bloggers without Goldstein would be like an Evil Dead movie without Bruce Campbell.

Update: ABC News finally figures out that two plus two equals four. And Theodore Dalrymple despairs.


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The news should be read as follows:

Toronto police chief (who is speaking also in the name of the Europeans):

- Islam has nothing to do with “Islamic Terrorism.”

- We lost the war against Islamic Terrorism.

- Every Canadian who accuses Muslim Terrorists of wrongdoing is racist and bigot.

- Sharia, Hidjab, Abbaya, and 5 times-a-day mandatory prayers will be applied to all the citizens and visitors of Canada.

- Islam will be the official and the only religion of the Canadian nation and its citizens.

- Every building in Canada must include a mosque in it. And mosques shall be built anywhere the Muslims wish.

- We declare Jihad against the southern great evil, enemy of Islam, the United States.

Allahu Akbar!

Death to the Infidels!

CatholicConservative on June 4, 2006 at 9:27 PM

I should add the following:

As Chief of new Islamic Canadian Police, it is my duty to inform all citizens that, according to the “religion of peace” (Islam), whoever quits and renounces Islam shall be killed according to the instructions giving to Muhammad, our beloved Prophet, by Allah.

CatholicConservative on June 4, 2006 at 9:43 PM

ABC: “America Could Face Home-Grown Threat..like those who bombed trains in Madrid and London.”

That’s “home-grown” only if you think history began just a few decades ago ago. The threat was imported.

Alex K on June 4, 2006 at 9:59 PM

Now, seriously, one must admit that the Muslims who invaded the West through immigration (illegal or not) en masse and are procreating like rabbits are smart enough to fool many idiots in the West, including fooling western laws, courts, politicians. They learned the rules of engagement with the West and play accordingly.

They are turning every aspect of life in the West to their benefit, to accomodate their way of life which is Islam.

Read everyday’s news and you will see what I’m talking about.

And of course, like I said, they find idiots who go along -unkowingly- with their plots to conquer the West, like the ACLU for example and all those who are politically correct, especially the Media and the Politicians.

What the Muslims failed to do in Europe centuries ago, by invading France, they are doing it now and are succeeding in it WITH THE HELP OF THE SAME PEOPLE WHO FOUGHT THEM BEFORE and kicked them out of France at the battle of Poitiers!!

Of course the Muslims, not only conquered Europe in the 20th and 21st Centuries, but also the Americas (north and south continents)!!

They are clever, aren’t they?

No, THE WEST IS SO ROTTEN WITH STUPIDITY!!

Now the West is regretting opening its borders to the Muslims, but IT IS TOO LATE.

We shall see -maybe not in our lifetime- the end of the Western Civilization, and the domination of Islam in every aspects of life in Europe and in the Americas.

It is a gloomy picture, but people like this Canadian Chief of police is a clear example on how Islam is slowly taking over.

So keep it up politically correct people, you will be the first victims of Islam.

I hope I die before witnessing the islamization of America.

CatholicConservative on June 4, 2006 at 10:06 PM

Pincher movement through the weakest defenses. America is the Great Satan to Islamists. Canada and Mexico are half socialist already; Mexico has social/economic problems which can be exploited, Canada is more welcoming to immigration. And ‘Nice’.
If the two nations which are weakly defended can be infiltrated/won over/converted to Islam, the Great Satan is more isolated and has two indefensible borders. I hope that this idea sounds as ridiculous 10 years from now, and isn’t closer to coming true.

Doug on June 4, 2006 at 10:14 PM

I think I’m going to steal a quote from a commercial to sum up why they say BS like this

“Anything less would be uncivilized”

Defector01 on June 4, 2006 at 10:36 PM

10 bucks says Police Chief Blair was directed to make that type of statement by politically correct higher-ups in the Canadian government. God forbid we piss off the peaceful muslims.

BTW, CatholicConservative, I believe the ACLU is willingly complicit in this war. After all, they’ve been following a communist agenda from their founding.

speed647 on June 4, 2006 at 10:44 PM

For everybody’s information:

The ACLU is LARGELY funded by the Muslims, those living in America through those abroad, especially in the Arabian Gulf area (i.e. Saudi Arabia, etc.).

This is not a bomb-throwing, exclusive news.

The ACLU is being funded by the Muslim terrorsists and their supporters, and OUR AMERICAN Government is doing NOTHING about it.

You want to curbe the influence of Islam in America, do the following:

1 – Make arrests at the ACLU. Sue it and close it.

2 – Close and forbit the functioning of CAIR (The Council on American-Islamic Relations). And arrest its members.

Trust me, dear reader, if the above is done, and if a crackdown on similar terrorist undercover organizations takes effect, America and many parts of the World will be safe from Islam and the Muslims.

CatholicConservative on June 4, 2006 at 10:55 PM

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clyde on June 5, 2006 at 8:49 AM

Hehe, I gave him a head’s up at bill.blair@torontopolice.on.ca. He hasn’t thanked me for the mosque tip yet, but I didn’t tell him I got the info from Allah, so I guess it’s fair :)

Kevin M on June 5, 2006 at 11:00 AM

They say it isnt the moslims, but then they talk with each and every mosque around Toronto. uh huh. Theres really big concern of ‘backlash’ against said poor moslims. OK.
What about the fact these terrorists had 3 tons of explosives and would have used it to kill Canadians (and Americans), AND there are MORE of these non-moslim moslims planning the same.
Where should our ‘concerns’ be today?

shooter on June 5, 2006 at 11:44 AM

Naw, there’s nothing going on in mosques but peaceul prayers. No one has ever heard an Imam preaching hatred against jews and infidels. /sarcasm

docdave on June 5, 2006 at 2:08 PM

I remain amazed that political correctness travelled around the world like a plague, infecting every aspect of western societies. This police chief just cannot bring himself to admit Islam is the guiding force behind the “ideology” of hatred and terrorism. And everyone knows it, including him!

Whenever I hear the politicians, elites, academics, etc. blathering on about the greatness of the religion of peace, I want to scream at them “they think you’re an infidel you idiot!”

right as rain man on June 5, 2006 at 9:55 PM