Yet Canadian officials fell over themselves to assure the world that the plot had nothing to do with Islam. How long will they ignore what is in front of their faces, and decline to confront what will destroy them if it is not confronted?
“School Ties Link Alleged Plotters: Arrested Canadians Had Bonded at Clubs and on Soccer Fields,” from the Bandar Beacon, aka the Washington Post:
TORONTO — They were school pals. One is 15. Most are just out of high school, some still in. The 17 boys and men whom Canadian police are calling “homegrown terrorists” forged their bonds in student clubs and on school soccer fields, chatted on the Internet, and urged each other to be heroes for their faith.
The arrests last weekend left many Canadians pondering how a country proud of its diverse culture and political moderation could spawn such an apparent interest in violence. Especially by people so young.
Maybe…because of its diverse culture and political moderation? In other words, it is the miasma of Canadian anything-goes multiculturalism that made this possible and continues to make it possible. Canada stands for nothing and can mount resistance to no ideology. And in that, Canada is not alone.
What started as boasts and youthful rhetoric crystallized into action, the government says. The youths ordered $4,000 worth of ingredients for a bomb, built a detonator and cased out targets for a two-pronged attack that would take hostages on Parliament Hill in Ottawa while setting off bombs in Toronto, prosecutors contend….
The school ties have some people here asking if Canada’s attempt to accommodate all faiths and backgrounds — many Canadian schools offer rooms for Friday prayers and foster Muslim student clubs — is encouraging religious divisions.
Answer: of course. What did the Canadians expect?
Some of the clubs “are very conservative, very judgmental,” said Rizwana Jafri, a Muslim and an administrator at a Toronto-area high school. “Young people are looking for a group to belong to, and religion plays into that. It’s almost cult-like.”
Suspect Saad Khalid, now 19, is typical of those charged. At Meadowvale Secondary School, he was bright and outgoing in his early high school years, fellow students told reporters last week. His father, a technology professional from Pakistan, lived in Saudi Arabia before coming to Canada 10 years ago. The family recently moved to a brick townhouse in one of the new suburban developments being carved out of farmland in Mississauga, a spreading suburban town west of Toronto.
In 2003, Khalid’s mother died in an accident. In the following years, he became more strident about his Muslim faith. He formed athe Religious Awareness Club to preach Islam during lunch hours at the Meadowvale school. He spent time with two older classmates, Fahim Ahmad, now 21, and Zakaria Amara, 20, the government contends….
Khalid and the others began attending a mosque together, teacher Ahmed Amiruddin told CBC Radio last week. “They would enter into the mosque to pray. They would come in military fatigues,” he said. “It looked to me like they were watching a lot of these Chechnyan jihad videos online.”
Gradually, they gravitated to the Al-Rahman Islamic Center, a storefront mosque in a small strip mall in Mississauga. There they met Qayyam Abdul Jamal, 43, a taciturn Pakistani native with an angry view of the world. He cleaned the rugs and took out the trash at the mosque. For those services, the directors tolerated his vitriolic speeches that portrayed Muslims as oppressed by the West, according to people familiar with the mosque.
This whopper has been circulating widely, despite its manifest absurdity. He took out the trash, so we let him preach jihad. Imagine the press reaction if a church let the guy who unlocked the doors preach hatred and violence to the youth group because, well, he unlocks the doors. It’s amazing that so many reporters seem to pass this on with a straight face.
“Many people who worked with him thought he was just a loudmouth,” said Tariq Shah, a lawyer who represents the mosque. “In retrospect, maybe it was wrong that he wasn’t taken more seriously.”…
It looks as if some people took him very seriously indeed.
The arrests and visit by the men from Georgia– both with ties to Ahmad — prompted Canadian intelligence and police officials to begin physical and electronic surveillance. Authorities apparently were watching last November, when Zakaria Amara drove to northern Ontario. Prosecutors offer the following account for how the conspiracy unfolded from there:
Amara stopped at the local police and Natural Resources Ministry offices to inquire about nearby forests. He returned to the area the week before Christmas and set up a camp in woodlands near the town of Orillia. Eleven men and boys came with him. They wore camouflage uniforms, fired a 9mm pistol, played paintball, and engaged in training “clearly for terrorist purposes.”
They made plans for a second session at the camp. They named their scheme “Operation Badr,” after a battle of early Islamic history, and discussed strategies. They would take politicians hostage in the capital, demand the removal of Canadian troops from Afghanistan and the release of Muslim prisoners, and execute the politicians “one by one” if the demands were not met.
Ahmad put a deposit down on another illegal firearms purchase. The suspects scouted out a house where they could retreat after staging an attack. They shoplifted walkie-talkies. Amara plumbed the Internet at public libraries to learn how to assemble a bomb. Durrani enrolled in flight training but eventually backed out, believing he would attract too much attention.
The group had business cards printed up to pose as fictional “student farmers” to raise fewer suspicions as they bought the fertilizer for a bomb….
By last month, Amara had concluded that they needed three tons of ammonium nitrate — the group wanted to make a bomb bigger than the two-ton explosive that Timothy McVeigh used to shatter the federal building in Oklahoma City in 1995, killing 168 people.
When the youths ordered the fertilizer, agents intercepted the shipment and substituted an inert powder. Police watched as Khalid and one of the youths worked at a rented warehouse June 2 to prepare to receive the shipment. The two lined cardboard boxes with plastic to store the material. When Amara paid $4,000 to an undercover officer for the fake fertilizer, the police descended. Khalid and the juvenile were arrested at the warehouse. Squads of officers positioned around Toronto rounded up the others through the evening.