Stop hounding Muslims and mosques over terrorism: Siddiqui
“Good for the CBC that on Monday it identified the two Canadians who were part of the Jan. 16 hostage-taking at an Algerian gas plant in which 37 workers were killed, along with the Al Qaeda-linked terrorists. But bad for the CBC that in its ensuing coverage it tied the youth from London, Ont., to the mosque and the Muslim community there…“
It was those damn Christians Right Haroon!
Hmmm seems Haroon’s Harangue was posted on the Star site 3 hours ago but is now MIA…. the snippet above is all I can find, pity as it looks like an especially crazed rant too. It may simply have been released by accident ahead of schedule, we’ll see if turns up again.
Good for the CBC that on Monday it identified the two Canadians who were part of the Jan. 16 hostage-taking at an Algerian gas plant in which 37 workers were killed, along with the Al Qaeda-linked terrorists.
But bad for the CBC that in its ensuing coverage it tied the youth from London, Ont., to the mosque and the Muslim community there, without any proof. (Ed. Yes Haroon, it always happens in a vacuum- must be a miracle of Allah!)
It reported, variously, that the two young Muslim men “may have attended the mosque” or more vaguely that “at least one of those (two) attended mosque in London, Ont.”
There are, in fact, two main mosques there, the London Muslim Mosque and the Islamic Centre of Southwest Ontario. The CBC and the other media that followed the story could not seem to keep the two apart (a telling sloppiness when it comes to Muslims and their institutions).
Neither place had anything to do with the youth, one of Arab ancestry and the other a Greek Orthodox converted to Islam. But by Tuesday morning, the idea had taken hold, especially on commercial radio, that the two got radicalized frequenting a mosque, the mosque or mosques.
“That sent shock waves in the community,” Munir al-Kassem, the imam of the Islamic Centre, told me. “We asked around, and nobody in either mosque had heard of these two. No one recognized either name.” (Ed. (Munir Kassem is a Taliban apologist and fan of Louis Farrakhan)
He and Rob Osman, chair of the Muslim Mosque, called a news conference to say so and also condemn violence, of all kinds. (Ed. The London Mosque promotes the radical Al Maghrib institute or Jihad U, Ottawa Muslim terrorist Misbahuddin Ahmed is a graduate, London mosque members such as Zeba Hashmi and her husband Fasahat Wasty have ties to terrorist Khurram Sher, they bought him a house. Fasahat Wasty is father to Shujaat Wasty of the RS Foundation, an alleged Muslim charity, Khurram Sher was a director and used it as a front for terror operations).
This is by now a familiar ritual.
News breaks that someone with a local connection is involved in terrorism somewhere. Accusations are hurled that mosques, imams and madrassahs are inculcating a jihadist culture, which is said to be an inevitable byproduct of Islam that’s deemed violent. Demands are issued that all Muslims condemn, condemn, condemn “homegrown radicalism,” “extremism,” “fundamentalism,” etc., even if they have had nothing to do with it and may, in fact, be as vehemently opposed to such traits as anyone else.
“This raises significant issues about the media and our popular culture,” says John Esposito, director of the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and the current president of the American Academy of Religion. Author of several books on post-Sept. 11, 2001, issues, Esposito told me that he has been following coverage of the London youth. “A report like that comes and there’s a knee-jerk spreading of collective guilt on all Muslims, and the media descending on a mosque in the vicinity of where the young person or persons may live or may have lived in the past. “This puts an unprecedented pressure on the Muslim community and their mosques and religious centres. They have to constantly disassociate themselves with the bad actors, even though they may have had no connection. It places them under a constant 24/7 anxiety. (Ed. John Esposito is among the foremost apologists for Saudi Wahhabism)
“We don’t do this with other people — force a community from where a pedophile or a murderer may have come, to declare, ‘We are not all pedophiles,’ ‘we are not all murderers here.’” (Ed. Oh? Catholic church ring a bell Haroon?)
The CBC has since identified a third London youth who allegedly crossed over to the dark side and joined a militant group in North Africa. A Korean Canadian, he was raised a Catholic but was also said to have converted to Islam.
The three youth went to the same school, London South Collegiate Institute. They spent more time there than at any mosque. Should we hold the school responsible? (Ed. Like the Star holds conservatives responsible for a secret Christian agenda?)
Ministers John Baird and Jason Kenney have been sensible in counselling calm. Terrorism is a phenomenon “not entirely preventable” (Kenney). Canada has less of it than others. Homegrown terrorism is not out of hand — only “a couple of dozen” young Canadians have gone abroad seeking terrorist action. The RCMP and other forces are working well with Muslims and Muslim institutions. (A 2001 study by Duke University found that Muslims were the biggest source of tips to the FBI in disrupting terror plots.) The biggest terrorist plan in Canada was thwarted by the RCMP (Toronto 18). (Ed. CSIS reports about 60 wannabe Jihadis have gone abroad, they also monitor over 200 individuals in Canada. CSIS also notes that Canada is ideal for terrorist fund raising, a practical reason to keep a low profile, see Irfan Canada and the World Islamic Call Society, two Muslim charities closed for terrorist fund raising)
Religion is but one of several factors galvanizing mostly alienated youth to militancy, according to studies by security services in Canada, the U.S. and across Europe. Often their inspiration was no farther than a click away on the Internet. Their biggest motivation has been revenge for the occupation of Muslim lands and the killing of civilians in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere. (Ed. Go fuck yourself Haroon)
Constantly looking for culprits under prayer carpets is racist, Islamophobic and, more crucially, counterproductive. It feeds the jihadist narrative that the West is at war with Muslims — something that terrorist groups use as a recruitment tool. (Ed. It’s not Islamophobic when they really do want to kill you Haroon)
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