Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Political Correctness 1, Brain Activity 0

These apparent relatives of the arrested terror suspects
represent a broad strata of the community, but just
happen to shop at the same clothing store.

The Toronto Star has an almost unbelievable display of politically correct group think in this article from 4 June. (Hat tip LGF)

Last weekend, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) rolled up a suspected terror ring in the suburbs of Toronto. All of the suspects are Canadian residents or citizens, but all had one thing in common: they were either foreign-born immigrants or Canadian-born to immigrants. Every one of the suspects bears a distinctly Islamic name.

Yet this article, entitled "The Ties That Bind 17 Suspects?", says "They represent the broad strata of our community", and that it's difficult to identify one common thread linking the suspects:
In investigators' offices, an intricate graph plotting the links between the 17 men and teens charged with being members of a homegrown terrorist cell covers at least one wall. And still, says a source, it is difficult to find a common denominator [my emphasis --ed.].
Kind of makes one wonder about their source, ay? But let's see if we can help them out a bit. More from the article:
The suspects are mainly teens and men in their young 20s, with the exception of 43-year-old Qayyum Abdul Jamal, a bus driver and recognized figure at a Mississauga Islamic centre.

Ahmad Mustafa Ghany, a 21-year-old health sciences graduate from McMaster University, was born in Canada, the son of a doctor who emigrated from Trinidad and Tobago in 1955. He and Zakaria Amara, 20, are married to sisters, and were wed by the same Scarborough imam.

Yasin Abdi Mohamed, 24, and 22-year-old Mohammed Dirie were arrested bringing weapons from the United States to Canada in a car allegedly rented by Fahim Ahmad, 21.

Mohammad Attique couldn't believe the man who had been renting an apartment in his basement for six months is suspected of being a terrorist. He exchanged only brief greetings when he ran into his tenant, Steven Vikash Chand, a 25-year-old Muslim convert who went by the name Abdul Shakur.
OK, Toronto Star. Now can you connect the dots?

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