Shorter Star Opinion Piece: Stop protecting yourselves from Muslim Terrorists it’ll only make it worse.

From Ottawa to Peshawar, religious fundamentalism is a common enemy

“…First, Islamophobia doesn’t make a country stronger; it renders it more vulnerable.

A 2013 Angus Reid survey shows that 54 per cent of Canadians outside of Quebec have a negative perception of Muslims, with Quebecers polling at around 69 per cent. Following the tragic incident in Ottawa, there’s no indication that such attitudes will soften.

At the heart of this trend is the conflation of the Islamic tradition with violence. To an extent, this is the posture taken by the Harper administration, which immediately announced its intention to table laws that would strengthen Canada’s security state. Never mind the studies that emphasize that religion alone cannot be responsible for radicalization. Politics, poverty, alienation and mental illness all tend to play some role at some point.

Over the years, Harper’s cabinet has gutted or maligned a number of Muslim-Canadian organizations. The government’s rhetoric shows that it will pursue more policing and spying on Muslims. This will further alienate the Muslim community. It also gives radical preachers even more power to vend the idea that Canada and the West are at war with Muslims and Islam. Put differently,

Harper’s security-heavy approach actually makes Canadians less safe.

Moreover, wars fuel terrorism. And denying this feeds Islamophobia.”

Yea, we should just roll over for Muhammad.

h/t Ontario John

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  • BillyHW

    Muslim terrorists take offense when we defend ourselves from Muslim terrorists.

    • That is the gist of the article.

      • Frau Katze

        The writer is a “Trudeau Scholar”. Enough said.

        • Clausewitz

          Isn’t that an Oxymoron?

    • moraywatson

      Resisting the totalitarian supremacists of islam is “oppression”.

  • Ron MacDonald

    Trudeau scholar, anyone surprised?

    • Shocked!

      • winniec

        “poverty, alienation and mental illness all tend to play some role at some point” … sounds like Trudeau’s cultural Marxism.
        75% of jihadists have a university degree and 90% come from stable homes. The idea that they are ‘impoverished’ or ‘alienated’ youth has been disproved. This writer is making up facts.

  • mobuyus

    Abject craven spinelesness fuels terrorism,and invites islam.Never let this camel stick it’s nose under your tent.

    • winniec

      Chamberlains!

      • mobuyus

        Chamberlain’s was barefooted-appeasement.This is tubesock and sandal appeasement.

  • What utter rot.

    Sweden has taken a very lax view of Islamism and look at it.

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      Sweden’s “vibrancy” is approaching critical and dangerous levels.

      • No, their tolerance of the intolerable Islamism has made it the jewel of Europe.

        And by jewel, I mean refuse.

  • winniec

    Tell this bunkum to the Pakistanis who have an Islamic civil war going on. Violence is un-Islamic? Who told this wingnut that ISLAMIC HISTORY ISN’T VIOLENT? It certainly is!
    Jihadic wars and the Islamic slave trade (the largest in history) caused a total of 270 million killed.

    • Frau Katze

      Just another in denial.

  • Martin B

    The Islamic State says: Surrender to Islam or die. Just 5 words.

    The Toronto Star uses up a whole editorial to say exactly the same thing in a weaselly way.
    I respect the Islamic State more, because they’re honest and not shit-eating dhimmis & traitors.

  • simus1

    “Rot Stern” in full flight often resembles the role playing instructions for some incomprehensible video game that crashed and burned on the day it was released.

    • Frau Katze

      The whole MSM sounds like this. I saw dozens of Australian like this today. I just started ignoring them.

  • winniec

    STAR’S DELUSIONAL FANTASY!

    Maulana Maududi, a popular Pakistan source for jihadists, wrote the following about ‘real Islam’ and its violent mission:

    Islamic Political Expansionism:

    -“…a ‘Muslim Party’ will not be content with the establishment of Islam in just one area alone –both for its own safety and for general reform. It should try and EXPAND in all directions. On one hand it will spread its ideology; on the other it will invite people of all nations to accept its creed, for salvation lies only therein. If this Islamic state has power and resources it will FIGHT AND DESTROY NON-ISLAMIC GOVERNMENTS and establish Islamic states in their place.”

    -Islam “is not a missionary organisation or a body of preachers or evangelists, but an organisation of GOD’S TROOPERS.”
    Does that sound cuddly? Does that sound passive or benign?’ Does that sound at all violent?

  • winniec

    “From Ottawa to Peshawar, religious fundamentalism is a common enemy”
    …huh…what ‘religious fundamentalism’ would that be? Let’s not say ‘ISLAMIC’, ‘MUSLIM’ or ‘MOHAMMEDAN’, ok?
    This is the most dishonest denialism. This is Marxist disinformation.

    • The whole piece is meant to deflect from the fact that Islam is an insane murderous cult.

  • Pete_Brewster

    A Trudeau scholar and PhD candidate at the Kennedy School of Government. That alone ought to tell you how much the Star’s correspondent can be trusted, even without the Muslim name.

    I see Ali doesn’t care to be a statistic in the war against Islam. If he wants someone to blame for his predicament, he might start with those of his Muslim brothers who thought it would be a swell idea to start one.

  • Canadian

    Did Just-in write that?

  • UCSPanther

    It’s the Red Star. What does one expect?

  • Jay Currie

    Does the violence enable the cult or the ultimate the violence?

    Do I care?

    What seems pretty clear is that the cult of Islam is riven with murderous divisions and violent anti-Semitism. That’s more than enough reason to keep it out of Canada until it civilians itself. I suspect that makes me an Islamophobe… Oh dear.

  • disqus_PwGxBXHn8l

    But why do people who want to live in peace in a free country read the Toronto Star? That is the question that matters. The whole piece is a tissue of evasions of central issues.

    First, DOES Islamophobia make a country more vulnerable? Why?

    [At the heart of this trend is the conflation of the Islamic tradition with violence. To an extent, this is the posture taken by the Harper administration, which immediately announced its intention to table laws that would strengthen Canada’s security state. Never mind the studies that emphasize that religion alone cannot be responsible for radicalization. Politics, poverty, alienation and mental illness all tend to play some role at some point.]

    Rubbish. Religion alone CAN be responsible, if it teaches that violence against the infidel is justified. There is little or no association between poverty and radicalization in many cases; the tie that binds is religion.

    [Over the years, Harper’s cabinet has gutted or maligned a number of Muslim-Canadian organizations. The government’s rhetoric shows that it will pursue more policing and spying on Muslims. This will further alienate the Muslim community. It also gives radical preachers even more power to vend the idea that Canada and the West are at war with Muslims and Islam. Put differently,]

    I don’t care whether the Muslim community is alienated as much as I care whether it understands that Canada is a non-violent country by choice and plans to stay that way – and anyone who lives here had better be with the program.

    We don’t like spying and policing that much either, but if it reduces terror and murder, most Canadians will accept it. One solution for the Muslim community is: Just raise fewer jihadis. I hate paying taxes for security, but if there is justification for concern, it is money well spent.

    [Harper’s security-heavy approach actually makes Canadians less safe.]

    Not if you go by what happened recently on Parliament Hill.

    Moreover, wars fuel terrorism. And denying this feeds Islamophobia.”

    [No. Wars can end terrorism too. World War II ended at least three terror regimes cold dead. Much better, Germany, Italy, and Japan went on to become functioning democracies, having been liberated from terror. The Low countries, democracies by choice, were also liberated from occupying Nazi terrorists by Canada.]

    Radical imams believe we are their enemies no matter what. No time should be wasted placating them or their followers; just make sure they understand the rules around here, and enforce them.

    But again, who – who seeks their own best interests – reads the Toronto Star?

    All these people, apparently:

    http://www.thestar.com/business/2014/04/22/toronto_star_remains_countrys_mostread_paper.html

    There’s your target. Educate them to demand more realism of public spokespersons.

  • Raymond Hietapakka

    Muzzle’ems have come looking for a scrap. It’s what they do.

  • Hard Little Machine

    The harder you struggle the more you choke.

  • Just a gentile reminder that this is an OPINION piece.
    Based close to fact……..just like Pluto is close to Mars.