Monday, July 25, 2005

Pouring your threats in my ear

I don't care for Anne McLellan, but I do wish she'd have taken this threat more seriously, in retrospect: A controversial Toronto imam warned Public Safety Minister Anne McLellan at a closed-door meeting to stop "terrorizing" Canadian Muslims. "If you try to cross the line I can't guarantee what is going to happen. Our young people, we can't control," Aly Hindy, the head of Scarborough's Salaheddin Islamic Centre, recalls telling the minister at the May meeting she held in Toronto with dozens of Muslim leaders. Can't, or won't? In either case, that is why it increasingly seems we'll have to do it for those in the passive-aggressive fifth column. The shrill cries of victimization (wholly, it seems, as yet without merit in Canada, except in the fever dreams of fools and madmen) from some of those of the Muslim community are becoming tiresome, and aren't inclining me to think the best of their intentions. That might have something to do with this: The imam said six or seven young men have approached him to discuss "fighting overseas" in place such as Iraq and Afghanistan. He said he told them "people fighting in Iraq, they don't need more people." I'm not hearing condemnation here. Or even disapproval. Acknowledgment that it's not a strategically practical thing for Canadian Muslims to do, yes, but that is something less than comforting. Nor, for that matter, is the acknowledgment that six or seven members of his congregation (of how many? 1000? 500? Fewer?) are so stoked up to kill we in the infidel-North American community that they're actively thinking about buying a plane ticket and AK-47. Instead, Canadian Muslims can wage non-violent jihads (holy struggles) at home. "You have a very good chance to serve Islam here," he said he told them. I think that even Canadians are starting to realize that multiculturalism has its limits. If it's too much to ask that Canadian Muslims not wage any sort of jihad - "non-violent" or not - then maybe it'll become clearer where the line is of what we will and will not collectively tolerate. This kind of preacher of paranoia and intolerance, we can't. Mr. Hindy, who has long complained that CSIS is spying on him, his family and his mosque, told Ms. McLellan that a young Muslim woman complained to him she was roughed up by Canadian spies while her husband was away at prayers. This allegation could spur reprisals because "our women are the most valuable thing to us" and "for a Muslim, honour is more important than his life," Mr. Hindy said in a recent interview. He made the point to the minister. Several people who attended shrugged off the imam's remarks, but some Muslims and government agents later approached Mr. Hindy asking him to explain himself. "The police came to me and said, 'This is a kind of threat,' and I said yes," he said. "But it's for the good of this country." [...] "We believe CSIS should stop terrorizing us," he says in a flyer he is circulating to mosques. "CSIS is powerless. CSIS has no authority over you. If CSIS agents come to your door, do not open [it] for them." By all means, don't cooperate with ongoing federal terrorism investigations. Don't admit that their suspicions are very reasonable, given ambiguous non-condemnation of terror coming from certain mosques. It does tend to make crystal clear which side you're on... (Via NealeNews.)

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