A controversial Toronto imam warned Public Safety Minister Anne McLellan at a closed-door meeting to stop “terrorizing” Canadian Muslims.
This is in response, obviously, to the Suicide Mounties that blew up in the Vancouver mosque, and the police attack on the local Arab disco in Ottawa.
“If you try to cross the line I can’t guarantee what is going to happen. Our young people, we can’t control,” Aly Hindy, the head of Scarborough’s Salaheddin Islamic Centre, recalls telling the minister at the May meeting she held in Toronto with dozens of Muslim leaders.
The meeting was part of an effort by Ms. McLellan to reach out to Canadian Muslims amid complaints that the RCMP and Canadian Security Intelligence Service are engaging in racial profiling.
Mission accomplished. Methinks he doth protest too much.
The minister and her officials have been meeting community leaders to explain they are not targeting Muslims generally, only individuals with possible terrorist links.
By many accounts, the meetings have been positive and are contributing to a thaw in relations between Muslims and security agents, even if the exchange in May was a little heated.
“We are mad at things that we think you might have done even though there is no evidence of it and you say you didn’t! And if we continue to suspect this, our young people are going to attack you again and a again!” Yeah. Real positive.
Mr. Hindy, who has long complained that CSIS is spying on him, his family and his mosque, told Ms. McLellan that a young Muslim woman complained to him she was roughed up by Canadian spies while her husband was away at prayers. This allegation could spur reprisals because “our women are the most valuable thing to us” and “for a Muslim, honour is more important than his life,” Mr. Hindy said in a recent interview.
Or, more specifically, his wife’s honor is more important to him than his wife’s life.
He made the point to the minister. Several people who attended shrugged off the imam’s remarks, but some Muslims and government agents later approached Mr. Hindy asking him to explain himself.
“The police came to me and said, ‘This is a kind of threat,’ and I said yes,” he said. “But it’s for the good of this country.”
Here’s a kind of threat — if you keep this shit up, someone is going to throw you in a dark hole called prison and then your wife is going to find her a nice white Canadian.
“And they said, ‘Do you know some of the names of those people you expect to cause some problems?’ And I said, ‘You just open the telephone directory.’ “
… And he just justified profiling. He just said, “all Muslims are suspects.” And yet he decries profiling. That is a magnificent piece of cognitive dissonance there.
While government investigators probing the woman’s complaint told Mr. Hindy they have not found evidence of wrongdoing, he isn’t giving the spy service the benefit of the doubt.
“We believe CSIS should stop terrorizing us,” he says in a flyer he is circulating to mosques. “CSIS is powerless. CSIS has no authority over you. If CSIS agents come to your door, do not open [it] for them.”
If he was anything but Muslim, everyone would write him off as a paranoid, delusional nut. But because of the religion he professes to adhere to, the Canadian government is treating him with kid gloves instead of tossing him out on his ass where he belongs. That’s bullshit.
Toronto’s Coalition of Muslim Organizations arranged the meeting, and said about 100 Muslim leaders attended. While COMO president Adam Esse noted that, “some people, when they talk, they get a little heated,” he said the ministerial visit was “a sign of respect” and was worthwhile overall. “If you talk, you remove a lot of misconceptions, a lot of misunderstandings.”
Okay, before, he was a delusional paranoiac who thought that you are persecuting him even though you aren’t, and he left as a delusional paranoiac who think that you are persecuting him. How is that removing “a lot of misconceptions”?
A spokesman for Ms. McLellan agreed. “We feel it was constructive, positive,” Alex Swann said.
“Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play?”
Even Mr. Hindy said that despite his differences with security agencies “the Deputy Prime Minister, she was very understanding.”
“A very nice dhimmi. I will kill her last.”
In the wake of the London bombings, Ms. McLellan has said that Canadians must become “psychologically prepared” for such an attack.
She has also suggested such strikes are not related to the U.S.-led war in Iraq, in which Britain is a strong partner. Mr. Hindy believes the war in Iraq has caused young Muslims to want to fight against the United States and Britain. “I always say the No. 1 recruiter of al-Qaeda is George W. Bush,” he said.
It didn’t cause it. It simply gave them a place.
The imam said six or seven young men have approached him to discuss “fighting overseas” in place such as Iraq and Afghanistan.
He said he told them “people fighting in Iraq, they don’t need more people.”
“Forget Iraq. We need you to blow people up right here.”
Instead, Canadian Muslims can wage non-violent jihads (holy struggles) at home. “You have a very good chance to serve Islam here,” he said he told them.
Uh huh. Just like the guys heading out of Canada in December 1999 to Seattle with a trunk full of explosives. I’m sure it was all part of the non-violent “Allah Ackbar” fireworks display.