July 8, 2005

"A Mixture Of Awe And Ill-Concealed Pride"

Via Newsbeat1 (where there is much more) , this item in the NYPost by Amir Taheri;

"The London attack was not the work only of the few individuals who carried it out. It was the bitter fruit of a faith that has been hijacked by a minority of extremists while the majority of its adepts watch with a mixture of awe and ill-concealed pride. The real fight against this enemy of humanity will start only when the so-called "silent majority" in Islam speaks out against these murderers and those who brainwash, train, finance and deploy them."

Ron Laffin is blunt.
"Wait for it. You'll hear it any minute now. Wafting over the airwaves, staring back at us from our newspapers, inundating our perceptions. Plaintive cries for tolerance and understanding. Chastising looks and comments from our political leaders as they beg us not to blame the entire Muslim community for these loathsome sub-human acts of depravity perpetrated against the British people. If you listen closely you will almost be able to hear the sound of the air moving as our politicians spin around, turning their backs on the victims of Thursday's terrorist atrocities in Britain and forming a tight circle of protection around our Muslim communities.

It happens every time an attack occurs. The victims become a subtext and those who share the aggressors' religion become the main focus. Is it just me, or does anyone else feel like screaming: "I am not the racist. I do not hate Muslims. I do not desire the death of anyone. Do not plead with me to be tolerant. Because in doing so, you are assuming that I am not tolerant. I deserve more credit than that."

Just after I left high school, a new RCMP officer was assigned to my home town. As is the nature of the RCMP in small rural communities in Western Canada, he was soon introducing himself through the school and community events. In an community that more typically endured rotations of newly graduated rookies, this particular officer came with unusual credentials - he had been an undercover officer with the "drug squad". His tales inspired shock and awe among the youth of an "naive"small town.

Adding to his mystique, he was a runner. (Adults in rural Saskatchewan seldom run unless they're making for a fence with a large animal in pursuit.) His trim, toned silhouette could be spotted jogging in the early mornings and evenings along a grid road leading south of town.

Which meant he trotted past the local drug dealer's farmyard four times a day - a fact that amused half the residents of the community. That particular RCMP "undercover drug squad" officer served his entire posting in a white, English speaking, Christian small town that embraced him - and not a single person clued him in.

I recount this little tale to illustrate the problems that law enforcement is facing when trying to ferret out potential terrorists in the "moderate" Muslim community. The community - if it is like any other community on earth - has a pretty good idea where the bad apples are, but they choose to remain silent.

That's why there is discontent, even rage, at the muted responses of "moderate" Muslim spokespersons to attacks on innocents. We know better. Public "condemnation" is not enough - not when there are buses exploding in the streets of London. It's not enough when there are people who seek weapons that can take the lives of thousands in a single event.

Until moderate Muslims begin to participate in the cleansing of their own community, until they are ready to face that "Ill-concealed pride" for the evil that it represents, until they are willing to pick up their telephones and pens to contact authorities about those individuals whose doorsteps they pass each day, the killing will continue - and if history teaches us anything, it teaches us that the silent enablers will end up paying the highest price of all.

Posted by Kate at July 8, 2005 10:46 AM

London Later on 7.7.05 from Reasoned Audacity: Politics in Real Life
I have a lot to tell you about the events of this last week. My plan today was to write up my notes on the George Clooney appearance qua briefing; yesterday's afternoon protests in Edinburgh; the Wolfowitz speech on... [Read More]

Tracked on July 8, 2005 12:42 PM

Holy War - They absolutely will not stop from Mark in Mexico
Really bad news. This Iranian commentator on Middle Eastern affairs, Amir Taheri, says that the Islamofascists must convert the world to Islam or die. They cannot be reasoned with, they feel no pity, they absolutely will not stop. [Read More]

Tracked on July 8, 2005 1:42 PM


Likewise the organizations that promote themselves as moderate -- CAIR, CAIR_CAN, etc. -- need to stop hijacking the media with charges of intolerance or racism anytime a police squad acts on a tip off from a moderate Muslim.

Posted by: mark at July 8, 2005 11:07 AM

"Safety is the final danger." - Rumi

Posted by: anselm at July 8, 2005 11:28 AM

Thanks for the kind reference Kate. And may God help us all.

Posted by: Ron Laffin at July 8, 2005 11:32 AM

This is an extremely important post! A sleeper at first, but most important for all of us who would like to disable Drug dealing, plotting groups or other crime in our community.

Your story points out that a new RCMP fellow arrived in town, and during his two year duty there, no one informed him of who was dealing. *The End*...

Chapter II ....
People of the town have learned that the RCMP can be less than professional in respecting personal privacy and safety.

People in the town have never seen a printed sheet on exactly how to provide information to the RCMP without suffering the boots of the Dealer or town enforcer.

People have phoned in to provide a tip and encountered a snotty operator who is rudely officious and threatens to hang up *if you don't co-operate*.

Muslems would inform the RCMP of those in their mosque who are plotting zealots, but they can not, due to risks to self and family. The RCMP have failed to offer a truely secure means to inform. Nothing in print.

Here is a way to provide a tip wihtout being attached to it.

Write out your tip, with license number, address and other info and drop it into the RCMP suggestion box or mail slot.

That way you provide no voice ID and you avoid the pushy phone operator.

Fear of Ident by voice and accent is a very real factor, even in a medium sized town. 73s TG

Posted by: TonyGuitar at July 8, 2005 11:45 AM

TG: simply send tips to the RCMP using a remailer: Just make sure you send it at least three times as it may not always make it on the first attempt. It doesn't hurt to do it from a notebook computer on a 'borrowed' wireless connection, either.

Posted by: Sean at July 8, 2005 12:12 PM

Here is a link for an anonymous remailer for those who want to play with it a bit:

Posted by: Sean at July 8, 2005 12:13 PM

What is it about Islam specifically that makes it so easy to "hijack"?

And please don't bore me with your "what about Christian militias" stuff. There are more Christian militias on Law & Order than there are in real life.

Posted by: Kathy Shaidle at July 8, 2005 12:17 PM

Cue the violins, the Toronto Star is already concerned about blowback against poor, defenseless minorities, who may be on the receiving end of vicious stares and unspoken suspiscion:

Ah, the tragedy.

Posted by: Sean M at July 8, 2005 12:28 PM

Tony - I wasn't there (and neither were you), but in my experience, if the community at large are not willing to tip off a police officer, it is because they are willing to tolerate the "crime" being committed. No doubt there are instances where intimidation is a factor, and probably moreso in a close-knit immigrant subculture, but I would be interested if Kate could comment on *why* no one tipped off the new officer.

I don't see it as a failure to provide protection or allow anonymity to tipsters (which is blown if things have to go to trial, anyway). I see it as an acceptance or tolerance of such behaviour by members of the community. I think that is a far more insidious problem.



Posted by: dcardno at July 8, 2005 12:30 PM


Two things ... one of these days Muslim leaders outside of the middle east will be forced to take a stand. If they don't they will become targets of reactionary hate messages.

Next ... perhaps your local drug dealer has more local customers than you imagined! There may have been a good reason why no one clued the poor guy in. No seriously , I think it's more likely that the RCMP officer in question knew what was going on but didn't do anything. One guy in small town Saskatchewan - that's not much back-up.
Go back and look at Mayerthorpe - it's a pretty good example of all that's wrong with the RCMP and it's policies. They knew they had a "bad apple" and sent in 4 guys who between them didn't have 10 years on the job and got blindsided. (one guy didn't even have 30 days!) Where's the senior officer, why were all 4 in one out building ... I have more questions but you get where I'm going. One guy ... he's better off being mocked than dead.

Posted by: sheila at July 8, 2005 12:36 PM


All religions can be hijacked by zealots - the differency in Islam is that everyone who is not Islamic is defacto a "godless infidel" which makes us easy targets. The Martyr in Islam is also celebrated and rewarded in the afterlife with 72 virgins (don't know where they come from but they are 72 wifes soon thereafter if you follow the chain of reasoning to it's logical end - YIKES) The Irish in all their years of IRA terrorism never deliberately blew themselves up - ocassionally an IRA terrorist screwed-up and took himself with his victims - but they were never defined as suicide missions.

Other religions don't have such a thing as Jihad or specifically santion the killing of non-believers. Salmon Rusdie is still in hiding and that started how many years ago. (and he was a believer who had the audacity to write a book)

That being said it's my view that middle eastern politics are screwed up because all those leaders syphon off all the oil wealth for themselves and blame then Western democracies for the unfortunate circumstances of their population. Consequently the populace tragets the West for injustices that should be directed at their own governments - but for that they would be executed on the spot. Ergo much easier to direct your hate in a direction the rewards you in the afterlife. In other words I think it's really a misplaced anger propagated by the ruling Imams.

Posted by: sheila at July 8, 2005 12:59 PM

Thank you for a great post it was well worth the read. I can almost see the world leaders practicing their moral yoga before stepping infront of the microphones to explain that we should be tolerant. Strangs how tolerance alway seems to be a one way street.

Posted by: Denis at July 8, 2005 1:28 PM

I didn't go into the "why" of the local drug dealer because I didn't want to go off on a tangent.

Background: the person was born in the area, there was no history of violence or anti-social behavior, and there was no intimidation involved.

Posted by: Kate at July 8, 2005 1:41 PM

Thank you for your excellent post. I am in complete agreement with you on the need for the average muslim to start taking action. Fanatics have hijacked their religion. Platitudes won't change anything. Members of the muslim community need to start ratting out those they think could be part of extremist groups. If they don't, then, unfortunately, the whole community gets tarnished. It isn't "guilt by association" but rather "complicity by inaction".

Posted by: Susan at July 8, 2005 2:34 PM

Just read a Sun poll... over 54% of Canadians polled didn't believe that Canada was a terrorist target. I thought that ostriches weren't native to Canada. If ignorance is bliss then a whole lot of Canadians must be estatic.

Posted by: iimages at July 8, 2005 3:26 PM

Thanks Kate for your due dilligence, and insight.
When we are attacked, and we will be, maybe these bleeding hearts will finally see the light. I cannot understand why Canadians feel they are immune to this. If it is because how great we treat our immigrants then what happened in Britain. Seems they are just as generous with their hospitality as we are.

I'll bet there were few Muslims in the tube, If any, they were probably tourists in London. If I'm right, wonder what that tells you.

We better wake up soon. I remember when the first Bush went after Iraq. I went into this little variety store and there had to be 12 middle eastern men in there deep in dialogue. One asked me what I thought of the States bombing Iraq. Now, I am not stupid, my answer - I felt sorry for the children. We have to get rid of hyphens, and become a melting pot in this country. That's how our ancestors survived and that is how the new immigrants will survive. If not those internment camps could very well reopen.
We didn't know our enemy back then and we don't know them now. It's called survival........

I have a nephew married to a Muslim and my sister is afraid that we all might say something that will harm her. What a bunch of bull muffins.

Posted by: jypsy ontario at July 8, 2005 3:57 PM

How come the radical muslims are never charged or investigated for "hate crimes"

It seems that the human rights bureaucracies are better staffed and funded than our woefully undermanned (yes thats what I meant) RCMP.

Of course the RCMP resources allocated to the gun registry could also be redeployed.

Just dreaming in technicolour.

Oh Bananada

Posted by: Cascadian at July 8, 2005 5:01 PM

" His trim, toned silhouette "

Your first love?

Posted by: Brian O'Neill at July 8, 2005 9:19 PM

Re: "How come the radical muslims are never charged or investigated for "hate crimes""

Well of course because investigating them would be a hate crime.

More nuanced your logic must be.

Posted by: Brian O'Neill at July 8, 2005 10:53 PM

Since Muslims are instructed to be intolerant of other faiths, it would be a violation of their religious freedoms to expect them to be tolerant.

You see?

Posted by: Brian O'Neill at July 8, 2005 10:55 PM

Brian, I see.

That, unfortunately, is the way of the Canuckistan Supreme Soviet. Chairman Maortin wouldn't want to offend ANY "ethnic" community that helps him win seats in heavily populated cities.

Unethical, immoral, dangerous the Libs are... we've yet to see the worst... and when that comes, it's over for the NGP. If Canadian voters have any conscience, soul, a sense of justice or at least a minimum intellectual capacity violently awakened from its coma by the survival instinct begat by a terrorist attack, they will...


Posted by: Stephen McAllister at July 8, 2005 11:26 PM

Understand you have done, but submitted you have not.

Futile it is, resistance.

Posted by: Brian O'Neill at July 8, 2005 11:32 PM

If you want a good insight into what makes tha bastards tick you should read - The trouble with Islam by Irshad Manji. A very ggod read.

Posted by: Keeps on ticking at July 8, 2005 11:34 PM

Maybe the RCMP officer knew all along but chose to ignore the dealer. Just a thought.

Posted by: BCL at July 9, 2005 10:39 AM



"Canada targets e-hate: Joint effort to shut racist Web sites

"Canada became the first non-European country to sign a protocol to fight hatred on the web.

"Justice Minister Irwin Cotler: "We're talking about a faceless, anonymous, borderless, predatory racism, and we've got to find the ways and means to combat it. No country standing alone can do that. It can only be done through international co-operation."

"Cotler says the new protocol means law enforcers can pool efforts internationally to prosecute Internet racists and shut down their sites."

Posted by: Brian O'Neill at July 9, 2005 12:06 PM

BrianO'Neil Your logic is sound, if elastic but most importantly, steeped in humour. I owe you.

Sheila, you said;

*leaders syphon off all the oil wealth for themselves and blame then Western democracies for the unfortunate circumstances of their population. Consequently the populace tragets the West for injustices that should be directed at their own governments - but for that they would be executed on the spot.* [excellent point!]

The US did nothing while the Shaw of Iran paraded through the streets in golden carraiges while his people lived on scratch.

Doing nothing is a luxury we can't afford.
Look at the Iotollah sized headach we have with IRAN out of that one.

Is it Dubai where they give each citizen a $500 a year oil royalty? Never hear a problem there eh?

Watching the Iraq war, we saw the opulent excessive wealth privaleged Sunis were tripping over in their various palaces.

Sheites, on the other hand, were on the outside enjoying poverty.

I guess Sunis would rather do the bomb thing than start into doing any actual work.

Good point Sheila. Extreme callus greed will likely allways set off fireworks.
73s TG

Posted by: TonyGuitar at July 9, 2005 2:12 PM

Most of my Iranian friends tell me the people of Iran were much better off under the Shah. Of course, these are kids whose parents fled the country when the islamofascists took over.

But I guess it's easier to repeat the tired old saws disconnected with anything in the real world. A lot of people are saying the CIA is worse than the KGB ever was. You know, with the Patriot Act and everything. That would explain all the yanks fleeing to Mexico, now, wouldn't it?

Posted by: Mandala at July 10, 2005 3:09 PM