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Post by Corlyss_D » Sat Jun 03, 2006 5:11 pm

RCMP says terror suspects had 3 tonnes of explosive, 12 men arrested

TORONTO (CP) - Police say they've foiled a series of terrorist attacks against targets in southern Ontario. The RCMP have arrested and charged 12 male adults while five youths face a host of terrorism-related charges including training and rcruitment, firearms and explosives offences and providing property for terrorist purposes.

The announcement came at a news conference following a series of arrests Friday night on a group the Mounties say posed a "real and serious threat."

In addition to the arrests, police recovered three tonnes of ammonium nitrate, a commonly used fertilizer used in the making of explosives. The RCMP says this is three time the amount used in the Oklahoma City bombing in the 1990s.

The RCMP says the sweep began last night in co-operation with an Integrated National Security Enforcement Team, or INSET.

INSET teams are made up of members of the RCMP, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, federal agencies such as the Canada Border Services Agency and Citizenship and Immigration Canada, and provincial and municipal police services.

The dramatic developments raised the chilling prospect of a terrorist assault on Canadian soil - which authorities have feared since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the U.S.

Scores of officers, many heavily armed, took suspects into custody at a police station in Pickering, Ont., following the raids.

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Post by Corlyss_D » Sun Jun 04, 2006 1:20 am

Alleged Canadian terror plot has worldwide links

By Stewart Bell and Kelly Patrick
CanWest News Service

Saturday, June 03, 2006

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RCMP Assistant Commissioner Mike McDonell speaks during a press conference in Toronto.

TORONTO - A Canadian counter-terrorism investigation that led to the arrests of 17 people accused of plotting bombings in Ontario is linked to probes in a half-dozen countries, the National Post has learned.

Well before police tactical teams began their sweeps around Toronto on Friday, at least 18 related arrests had already taken place in Canada, the United States, Britain, Bosnia, Denmark, Sweden, and Bangladesh.

The six-month RCMP investigation, called Project OSage, is one of several overlapping probes that include an FBI case called Operation Northern Exposure and a British probe known as Operation Mazhar.

At a news conference Saturday, the RCMP announced terrorism-related charges had been laid against a dozen Toronto-area men and five teens under the age of 18.

The group “took steps to acquire components necessary to create explosive devices” including three tonnes of ammonium nitrate fertilizer, commonly used in terrorist bombs, police said.

By comparison, the truck bomb used to blow up the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City in 1995, killing 168 people, contained a single tonne of ammonium nitrate.

“It was their intent to use it for a terrorist attack,” RCMP assistant commissioner Mike McDonell said.

“This group posed a real threat. It had the capacity and intent to carry out these attacks.”

Police declined to identify the intended targets because the investigation is ongoing but said they were all in southern Ontario and did not include the Toronto transit system, as some media outlets had reported.

As senior RCMP and Canadian Security Intelligence Service officials spoke to reporters, some of the evidence seized during police raids was displayed on a table guarded by police officers.

The materials included a bag of ammonium nitrate, a handgun and ammunition clip, computer hard drive, and what appeared to be a cellphone activated electronic detonator hidden inside a small black fishing tackle box.

Police also displayed bags of camouflage clothing and boots apparently seized from a camp north of Toronto that some of the members of the group had allegedly used for combat training.

In a speech to new Canadian Forces recruits and their families Saturday, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Canadians can’t escape a dangerous world by turning a blind eye to it.

“As we have said on many occasions, Canada is not immune to the threat of terrorism,” he said.

“Through the work and co-operation of the RCMP, CSIS, local law enforcement and Toronto’s Integrated National Security Enforcement Team (INSET), acts of violence by extremist groups may have been prevented.”

The Ontario accused made brief court appearances in Brampton, north of Toronto, on Saturday. They face charges of participating in the acts of a terrorist group, including training and recruitment; firearms and explosives offences for the purposes of terrorism and providing property for terrorist purposes.

With the exception of two men, who are aged 43 and 30, the alleged terrorists are all in their teens and early 20s.

They include men of Somali, Egyptian, Jamaican, and Trinidadian origin. All are residents of Canada and “for the most part” all are Canadian citizens, police said.

Charged are: Fahim Ahmad, 21, Zakaria Amara, 20, Asad Ansari, 21, Shareef Abdelhaleen, 30, Qayyum Abdul Jamal, 43, Mohammed Dirie, 22, Yasim Abdi Mohamed, 24, Jahmaal James, 23, Amin Mohamed Durrani, 19, Steven Vikash Chand, 25, and Ahmad Mustafa Ghany, 21. A twelfth man was a youth when some of the alleged offences took place and can’t be named, along with the other five youths arrested.

“For various reasons, they appear to have become adherents to a violent ideology inspired by al-Qaida,” said Luc Portelance, the CSIS assistant director of operations.

“Any movement that has the ability to turn people against their fellow citizens is obviously something that CSIS is very concerned about.”

He called the investigation the largest since the Anti-terrorism Act was passed by Parliament in December 2001, in response to the 9/11 attacks in the United States.

“It is important to know that this operation in no way reflects negatively on any specific community, or ethno-cultural group in Canada,” he added.

“Terrorism is a dangerous ideology and a global phenomenon, as yesterday’s arrests demonstrate, Canada is not immune from this ideology.”

CSIS and RCMP officials invited about a dozen members of Toronto’s Muslim community to a meeting Saturday morning to discuss potential fallout.

“The police said they are cognizant of the fact that there could be a backlash and that they’ve taken all precautions to ensure that nothing like this happens,” Canadian Muslim Congress spokesman Tarek Fatah said Saturday.

“They are very conscious of the fact that this is a small group of criminals and they don’t reflect the vast Muslim community in Toronto.”

While Fatah couldn’t discount the possibility that “nut bars” might retaliate against innocent Muslims, he thought it unlikely.

Despite recent warnings that Canadian-bred terrorists were operating in the country, Fatah said he was still surprised authorities had uncovered a plot in Toronto.

“I’m shocked that it’s so close to home,” he said. “But I’m quite happy that the RCMP was able to stop this terrorist attempt, if the allegations are true. It’s quite scary that someone would live in Toronto and would like to blow up buildings and kill people here.”

The Toronto busts are linked to arrests that began last August at a Canadian border post near Niagara Falls and continued in October in Sarajevo, London and Scandinavia, and earlier this year in New York and Georgia.

The FBI confirmed Saturday the arrests were related to the recent indictments in the U.S. of Ehsanul Sadequee and Syed Ahmed, who are accused of meeting with extremists in Toronto last March to discuss terrorist training and plots.

“There is preliminary indication that some of the Canadian subjects may have had limited contact with the two people recently arrested from Georgia,” Special Agent Richard Kolko, the FBI spokesman, said in an e-mail to the National Post.

The intricate web of connections between Toronto, London, Atlanta, Sarajevo, Dhaka, and elsewhere illustrates the challenge confronting counter-terrorism investigators almost five years after 9/11.

Linking the international probes are online communications, phone calls and in particular videotapes that authorities allege show some of the targets the young extremists considered blowing up.
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Post by jbuck919 » Sun Jun 04, 2006 4:15 am

The NY State police stop people on the way back from Canada along I-97. For some reason, they stop you a number of miles inside the border (similarly, they do the customs check on a train trip in the other direction after you're well inside Canada). Fortunately, the traffic is so sparse there that it is a very minor inconvenience. But it is sad that there has to be any such check at all when you consider that I can now drive into God help us Poland without passing a frontier. Part of Canada's need to perceive itself as an entity apart from the US, I guess. No offense, Canadian posters. I'm only three generations removed myself and there are six columns of my surname in the Montreal phone directory.

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Post by Corlyss_D » Sun Jun 04, 2006 2:36 pm

jbuck919 wrote:Part of Canada's need to perceive itself as an entity apart from the US, I guess.
They think of themselves as Transatlantic Europeans rather than North Americans. It helps them live with their tensions, to quote Brother Dave Gardner.
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Post by Haydnseek » Mon Jun 05, 2006 9:38 am

The jihadis among us

National Post

Monday, June 05, 2006

On 9/11, Canadians woke up to the threat of Islamist terrorism. But in the five years following, we began dozing off again -- even as Canadian jihadis began popping up in Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay. Because our government refused to fight in Iraq, and has postured against American "unilateralism," most Canadians liked to think Islamists would leave us alone. Now, everyone in Canada knows better: On Friday, Toronto-area police arrested 17 young men and teenagers who allegedly plotted to bomb local buildings.

These are not failed refugee applicants or visiting students, but homegrown Canadians. That Muslim youth could become so radicalized here on our own soil is a chilling thought. But at least their alleged conspiracy was discovered without anyone getting hurt. If the charges against the suspects hold up, then the operation will be remembered as a proud day for Canadian law enforcement.

The episode also provides one more reason to be relieved that Paul Martin's government was voted out of office.

In truth, the Liberals did some things right since 9/11. They sent troops to Afghanistan, for instance, and passed the December, 2001, Anti-Terrorism Act, which provided the basis for the criminal charges laid on Friday. But too often, the Liberals seemed more interested in propping up their bona fides with minority communities than flushing out the extremists in their midst. Nowhere was this more apparent than in their refusal to classify the Tamil Tigers as a terrorist organization, even as Canadian donations were being used to fund massacres in Sri Lanka. Fortunately, the men and women who lead the new Conservative government are cut from different cloth. And we have full confidence they will learn the right lessons from Friday's events, and continue to stand four-square behind our allies in the U.S.-led global war on terrorism.

As for the police officers and intelligence agents who planned and executed Friday's operation, we owe them our gratitude. Since 9/11, some extreme Muslim groups, as well as their supporters among Canada's left-wing counter-counterterrorism lobby, have claimed our law-enforcement establishment was engaged in nothing more than a racist, anti-Muslim witch-hunt against a non-existent terrorist threat. Friday's events help put the lie to that claim.

Indeed, as Lorne Gunter argues on the opposite page, now is a good time to review whether we are providing enough resources to CSIS, the RCMP and local law enforcement agencies. Combing through electronic discussion boards, infiltrating radical mosques and setting up sting operations is labour-intensive work. But these are the sort of methods investigators must use in a world where every Internet chat room and store-front Wahabi "prayer room" is a potential venue for terrorist conspiracy.

Canada would be a safer country if authorities had the resources to follow up every single credible lead they get. That's the best way to ensure jihadis become prisoners, not "martyrs."

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Post by Haydnseek » Mon Jun 05, 2006 9:42 am

It was only a matter of time

Lorne Gunter
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Monday, June 05, 2006

It would have been chilling, perhaps even shocking, watching spokesmen for the RCMP, CSIS and four Toronto-area police forces describe the explosives, guns, detonators and assorted jihadi training material they said they seized last week when they arrested 17 terror suspects -- would have been ... if I hadn't suspected such a day would come all along.

It was only a matter of time.

Canada and Canadians are just lucky this massive criminal plot -- if that's what a court finds it to be -- was discovered in advance.

The only shocking thing is that so many Canadians seem to have been so surprised by the arrest of a cell of alleged homegrown terrorists. Did we honestly think this could never happen here? Did we really think the world's jihadis would fall for all our multicultural bumph about Canada being a tolerant society, and not attack us?

Do we really think jihadis want a tolerant, multicultural world? Tolerance is a Western ideal, and the Islamists hate Western ideals. This radicalized minority within Islam doesn't seek multiculturalism. Their goal is monoculturalism: one world under radical Islam.

They are not at war for tolerance, but at war with tolerance.

The alleged wannabe terrorists swept up in a series of raids around Toronto on Friday don't have their hearts set on us carving out a place for them in Canadian society where they can live and pray and believe as they wish.

We could let Muslims practise sharia law within their own community and guarantee Muslim students and employees set-aside space at schools and work for their five-times-daily prayers, and still the jihadis among us would conspire to buy explosives and plot to blow up Canadian targets until we all agreed to live under sharia law and worship Allah at dawn, mid-morning, noon, mid-afternoon and dusk.

Radical Muslims are not interested in what we will let them do. "You do your thing and I'll do mine" is a Western notion. Jihadis are motivated by a desire to make everyone else in the world bow to Muhammad, too.

They are the new Crusaders; soldiers of their God, operating in hostile lands, whose mission it is to convert as many infidels as possible to their vision of one true faith, at the point of the sword if necessary.

We are their targets not because we have been insufficiently tolerant of Islam, but rather because in their minds we have been far too tolerant of non-Muslims. They are not at war just with Christianity and Judaism. So Canada cannot indemnify itself against attack by expunging its religious roots. Pluralism and secularism upset them just as much because those "isms," too, are an impediment to the creation of a worldwide Islamic empire.

The response of too much of officialdom to last week's revelations will be to call for redoubled efforts on behalf of pluralism: new anti-racism ad campaigns, more money for multicultural groups and festivals, new curricula in schools, more cultural sensitivity training for judges, politicians and bureaucrats.

But this would be like trying to combat obesity by dining at an all-you-can-eat buffet three times a day.


Meanwhile, others will call for the withdrawal of Canadian troops from Afghanistan. They will argue the presence of our soldiers doing war in a Muslim nation is behind the uncovered plot.

According to police and intelligence sources, though, the alleged terror cell began its scheming and planning more than two years ago, when our only presence in Afghanistan was a 700-strong contingent patrolling the relatively peaceful capital, Kabul, as part of a NATO peacekeeping force. In other words, this cell allegedly began scoping out Canadian targets, training and assembling its materials long before our current combat-oriented mission in Kandahar against al-Qaeda and the Taliban.

Does our current mission upset jihadis? Undoubtedly. But they allegedly were mad enough to blow up innocent Canadian civilians even before our mission changed. If our troops were not at war with Muslims, something else would be the provocation. It doesn't take much.

Indeed, there is precious little we can do or stop doing that would satisfy such enemies, short of Parliament passing a law declaring a mass conversion of Canadians to Islam.

The best we can do is continue to give the RCMP and the Canadian Security and Intelligence Service the money and manpower they need to run the surveillance and sting operations that led to Friday's arrests.

lgunter@shaw.ca

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Post by Corlyss_D » Mon Jun 05, 2006 1:51 pm

And let's not forget the Khadr family of jihadis that the Government and Press in Canada cozzened while they went off to train for jihad and to kill Americans. When the son was caught in Afghanistan and returned to finally 'fess up to how the family had made fools of the Government and the Press, he was expelled from the family and targeted for assassination. The Frontline report on them was fascinating. Apparently when one of the kids was injured in Pakistan in the fighting, his mother brought him home to Canada where he could get free medical treatment as a resident alien! Something for everyone in that story! :D
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Post by RebLem » Tue Jun 06, 2006 1:28 am

jbuck,

First of all, having checkpoints well within the US is not limited to the northern border. A few years ago while vacationing in southwest Texas, I was stopped a couple of times at Border Patrol checkpoints on open highway 50-100 miles inside the US. On each occasion, they just asked a few questions and sent me on my way; no search was done.

I think one reason the US is interested in doing checks of folk coming in from Canada is because there is a US fear that Canada has been lax about vetting its immigrants, esp after the Millenium Plot got discovered on a fluke by a customs inspector in Washington State. I don't think its that much of a Canadian thing, unless they are concerned about unregistered firearms getting into Canada from the US.

BTW, Letterman had a good joke about this tonight. He says this terror cell's motto was, "DOWN WITH AMERICA, EH?"
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Post by Corlyss_D » Tue Jun 06, 2006 1:35 am

RebLem wrote:there is a US fear that Canada has been lax about vetting its immigrants
Well, it's a documented fact, documented by their very own auditor general. They do a piss poor job, worse than we do. If they were willing to admit that much, how much else don't we know about?
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Post by RebLem » Tue Jun 06, 2006 4:11 am

Corlyss_D wrote:
RebLem wrote:there is a US fear that Canada has been lax about vetting its immigrants
Well, it's a documented fact, documented by their very own auditor general. They do a piss poor job, worse than we do. If they were willing to admit that much, how much else don't we know about?
Oh, Careless Corlyss, you seem to think I challenged the accuracy of that perception. I did not, and in fact, I cited as evidence of the truth of the accusation the fact that the Millenium Plot against LA was foiled when a customs inspector in Washington State arrested a Muslim coming in from Canada after her search revealed explosives in the car. I have more detail on it here than in my original post, it is true, but I left it out because I thought it would be part of the common knowledge of those concerned with the subject.
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Post by Haydnseek » Tue Jun 06, 2006 11:09 am

Terror and tolerance

Jonathan Kay
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Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Friday's arrest of 17 terror suspects may well transform Canada's muddled attitude to militant Islam: Terrorist bombs, like the proverbial hangman's noose, tend to focus the mind.

This is the third time in two decades that Canada's multicultural pieties have conflicted with our need to thwart global terrorism. And until now, multiculturalism has gotten the upper hand.

In the early 1980s, as a violent Sikh subculture was gathering strength in British Columbia, our politicians averted their gaze. As Vancouver Sun reporter Kim Bolan wrote in her recently published book, Loss of Faith, no one wanted to be accused of ethnic profiling. Even after the bombing of Air India Flight 182 in 1985, those who spoke candidly about Sikh radicalism were denounced as insensitive.

The same phenomenon played out more recently in Canada's Tamil community. For years, Tamil Tiger fundraisers have preyed on their fellow immigrants, sending money back to Sri Lanka to wage a terrorist war. The shakedown operation was common knowledge, but the Liberals did nothing for fear of alienating Toronto-area Tamil voters. In 2000, the Liberals even denounced as "racist" those opposition politicians who questioned the presence of Paul Martin at a fundraising event held by an organization identified by the U.S. State Department as a Tiger front.

Only when Stephen Harper's Conservatives came to power this year were the Tigers finally outlawed. In the meantime, no one knows how many Sri Lankans were killed by weapons paid for with Canadian donations.

Our politicians got away with ignoring the threat from radical Tamils and Sikhs because these terrorist campaigns were linked to distant, obscure conflicts. Until Friday, we could pretend the threat from jihadis fell into that same category. But a movement that spurs young Canadian Muslims to blow up Toronto because of what's happening in Gaza, Baghdad or Kabul is a breed apart. Unlike earlier ethno-religious terrorist movements, which had narrow territorial claims, Islamists claim what lawyers might call "universal jurisdiction": No matter where they live, infidels and their liberal, secular governments represent an affront to the Islamist creed, and so are fair game for extermination.

Over the past five years, Canada's contribution to the fight against terrorism has been continually hamstrung by our self-conscious dedication to the ideals of multiculturalism and tolerance. But as Friday's arrests show, the tension between the two has always been a phony one: It hardly empowers minority communities if we ignore the violent subcultures embedded within. Such neglect just allows the militants to co-opt the community as a whole -- which is exactly what Tiger supporters did with Toronto's Tamils, and what radical Sikhs did in B.C.

The spectre of homegrown Canadian Muslims plotting to attack targets inside their own country has hit a nerve. If the charges are proven in court, this is very different from cases like that of Ahmed Said Khadr or Ahmed Ressam -- Canadian jihadis who traipsed off to Afghanistan or the United States to wage their jihads. And smart Muslim leaders recognize this. Canadian Islamic Congress president Mohamed Elmasry, a man best known for endorsing terrorist attacks against Israelis during a 2004 televised debate, released a surprisingly rational press release on Saturday. (Yesterday, he sought to further prop up his moderate bona fides by announcing the creation of the "Nichola Goddard Scholarship In Peace And Conflict Studies.") And the Canadian Council on American-Islamic Relations released a statement "expressing relief that a potential terrorist attack in Toronto has been averted, and applaud[ing] the efforts by Canadian security forces to combat terrorism."

It is significant that this sort of thing is coming from players jockeying for influence within the Islamic community. Sincere or not, it shows they now know which way the wind is blowing.

That's good news, because neither CSIS nor local police can sniff out terror plots without Muslim informants coming forward. Canadian Muslims will also need to exhibit understanding of the disproportionate scrutiny their communities now face. The well-known mantra that the vast majority of Canadian Muslims are peaceable if, of course, true. But this fact is arithmetically compatible with a second proposition -- that most potential terrorists are now Muslims.

This may change in coming years. For all I know, the big terror threat of 2016 will come from Bahais or Jews. But in the meantime, we have to put political correctness to one side and deal candidly with the threat as it now exists.

That applies to the media as well. On Sunday, the Toronto Star published a lengthy article on the Friday arrests. Not once did the authors mention the obvious fact that all 17 of the arrestees share the same religion -- a religion that also happens to comprise their alleged criminal motivation.

Instead, the authors referred vaguely to the group's alleged "extremism" and "radicalized" outlook. No doubt the Star editors congratulated themselves for their sensitivity. But from a reader's perspective, it just looked as if they were too scared to identify the real threat.

Such self-censorship has had its day. Friday's arrests were part of an ongoing battle within Canada's Muslim community between a peaceable majority and a jihadist minority. We shouldn't be afraid to call this battle by name. As the Sikh and Tamil examples show, the wages of self-deception are high.

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Post by Corlyss_D » Tue Jun 06, 2006 12:03 pm

Canada, like France and Germany, need a 9/11. Unfortunately, al Qaeda's need to split us apart dominates their thinking. They won't strike either of them in a meaningful way. I'm willing to bet right now that these Canadian terrorists are largely independent. The absence of any adult male with gravitas in the cell makes me suspicious that these were just boys playing pretend.
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Post by pizza » Tue Jun 06, 2006 12:22 pm

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Our World: The path to our destruction
Caroline Glick, THE JERUSALEM POST Jun. 5, 2006

Allegedly spurred on by images of conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan, and angered by what they saw as the mistreatment of Muslims at home, they became increasingly aggressive in their beliefs, according to media reports.

This is how London's Sunday Telegraph explained the decision of 17 Canadian Muslims to stockpile three tons of ammonium nitrate and plot acts of war against their country.

These men - all Muslims - who reportedly planned to blow up the headquarters of Canada's Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) in Toronto, are what Canadian officials refer to as "home-grown terrorists," and products of the "jihad generation." Before their arrests on Friday, they had never visited Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq or the Palestinian Authority. They chose the path of jihad in the streets and mosques of Toronto. They learned how to build bombs from the Internet. They trained for their mission in a training camp in Ontario.

Like the Telegraph, most media reports claim that these men were prompted to wage a war against their country because they believe that their fellow Canadians are launching war against Islam. But why would they think this?

Canadians are outspoken in their anti-Americanism. They have contributed generously to the Palestinians. It only took the Canadian government a few weeks after the Palestinian elections to announce it would fund a Hamas-led PA. Canadians overwhelmingly oppose the US-led war in Iraq and President George W. Bush.

A Canadian Muslim friend who lives in Ontario told me recently that he has been unwelcome in his local mosque since the September 11 attacks on Washington and New York. His fellow Muslims have blackballed him because he made public statements critical of the hijackers and of al Qaida and the Palestinians and supportive of the US and Israel. He informed me that while in absolute numbers, mosque attendance in Canada has dropped since Sept. 11, those who continue to attend are fervent in their devotion to jihad against the Western world.

That is, the Muslims who have been forced from the organized Canadian Muslim community are those who believe in Muslim integration in the West while those who remain within that community are radical separatists who cannot abide their pro-Western Muslim brethren.

My friend and his fellow pro-Western Muslims are doubly ostracized. Not only are they rejected by their fellow Muslims who decry their denunciations of jihad, they are also rejected by the intellectual and cultural elites in their countries who insist on apologizing for jihadists in the name of multiculturalism and anti-racism.
The depth of my friend's isolation was made clear this weekend when, in the wake of the arrests of the Canadian jihad cell, Luc Portelance, the CSIS assistant director of operations told his countrymen, "It is important to know that this operation in no way reflects negatively on any specific community, or ethno-cultural group in Canada."

FOR ITS part, the Canadian Islamic Congress (whose leader, Mohamed Elmasry has openly stated his view that all Israeli citizens are legitimate targets for terrorist murder), attacked Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper for what it referred to as his decision to "paint today's arrests as a battle between 'us' and 'them.'" The CIC alleged that "Such statements put all Canadian Muslims in great danger," and demanded that the Canadian government fund "legitimate academic research to diagnose this serious social problem [of Canadian Muslims waging war against their country] and provide scientific solutions to it."

Justifications for the actions of Western born and raised jihadists - and indeed for all jihadists from Osama bin Laden down - like that published by the Telegraph are of course par for the course. As author Bruce Bower exhaustively demonstrates in his book While Europe Slept: How Radical Islam is Destroying the West from Within, there exists a unity of purpose between Islamic extremists and Western elites in Europe and throughout the world. Both sides wish to hide the fact that Islamists seek to dominate the Western world while painting the US and Israel as the greatest threats to international security.

There seems to be no limit to the willingness of Western elites to justify jihadist acts of war against their societies. The Telegraph's apology for the Canadian jihadist terror group came at the same time as Britain's counter-terror forces were conducting a desperate search for a chemical bomb they fear was built by two British born terrorists who were also arrested on Friday in London. The fact that Britain's own jihadists were planning to attack Londoners with sarin gas made no dent in the Telegraph's willingness to make excuses for radical Islamic warriors.

THIS PATTERN of collaborative dissimulation between leftist Western elites and jihadists manifested itself last week in Winnipeg, Canada. There, as the Ontario 17 steadily advanced their plans of war, Muslims in Manitoba launched an attack against a film that exposes the nature of the global jihad against the West. Last Monday and Tuesday the documentary film Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West launched its Canadian premiere in the city. (It will be premiering in Israel at Hebrew University on June 14.)

Obsession, was produced by the media watch group Honest Reporting. It effectively shows the depth of the hatred and indoctrination to jihad that is taking place worldwide. Interweaving clips from Arab television, recordings of mosque incitement, interviews with extraordinarily brave Muslim heroes like The Jerusalem Post's Khaled Abu Toameh and renowned historians such as Sir Martin Gilbert, Professor Robert Wistrich, and Daniel Pipes, the film seeks to fill the void left by the Western media and academia to alert regular citizens to the reality of the threat that jihadist ideology presents to their freedom.

In light of the film's purpose, (and having participated in the project and viewed the film several times, I can attest to its success), it is not surprising that the Muslim community in Winnipeg sought to have it banned. It is also not surprising that in reporting the protest, the Winnipeg Sun used the misleading headline, "Aspers sponsor hate film, say critics."

Ahead of last week's screenings, members of the Winnipeg Muslim community filed a complaint about it with the city police's hate crimes unit. Shahina Siddiqui, the president of the Islamic Social Services Associations told the press, "I want the police to identify this as hate propaganda. I want them to be aware who the sponsors are and what they are doing."

SO FOUR days before Friday's arrests, the Canadian Muslim community attempted to prevent Canadians from watching a film that explains why it is that Canadian born Muslims are trying to destroy their country. And four days before the arrests were made, the Winnipeg Sun maintained faith with its colleagues throughout the Western world by running a headline that gave its readers the sense that there was some legitimacy to the Muslims' complaint.

And even though the apparent ringleader of the terror cell served as a prayer leader and a member of the board of directors of his local mosque, in the wake of Friday's arrests, Canadian and other Western commentators and editors continued to argue that the arrested terrorists bore no relationship to the larger Canadian Muslim community.

It is against the backdrop of the refusal of Western elites to acknowledge the fact that there is a global jihad that the true danger of radical Islam becomes clear. Many argue that the forces of global jihad are no match for their enemies because they lack regular armies.

Yet because of the defiant, irrational and immoral refusal of Western political, cultural and media elites to acknowledge the threat that internal and external jihadist forces manifest to the very notion of human freedom, they make it impossible for their societies to take measures to protect themselves.

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Terror suspects plotted two separate attacks

Stewart Bell, Adrian Humphreys and Chris Wattie , withfiles from Peter Brieger

CanWest News Service; National Post

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

TORONTO - The young men charged with plotting terrorist attacks against Canadian targets were allegedly planning two separate strikes one to detonate a truck bomb to destroy a significant building and the other to open fire on a crowd in a public place, the National Post has learned.

The alleged conspirators were concentrating their efforts on their assigned missions and were in an advanced state of planning when authorities arrested them last weekend.

The national security component of the huge investigation was code-named Operation Claymore by Canadian Security Intelligence Service, Canada's spy agency, which was on specific alert as their office at the base of the CN Tower was among the list of prime targets by the alleged conspirators.

The Toronto Stock Exchange was another of the plotters' prime targets for a massive bomb attack, according to law-enforcement sources.

Both attacks would have devastated Toronto and, if carried out during business hours, would have resulted in significant casualties.

Sources also told the National Post that the commandos of Joint Task Force-2 (JTF-2), Canada's elite special forces unit, were put on standby a short flight away from where suspected terrorists were conducting ''training camps'' at an isolated site north of Toronto.

A ''troop'' of about 25 of the unit's highly trained assaulters, part of JTF-2's counter-terrorism unit, were at a nearby military base with their helicopters ready to swoop down should police decide they were needed, said a military source.

''They were within a few minutes flying time of this training camp,'' said the source, who is familiar with JTF-2's operations. ''Basically they were on standby in case things got out of hand and the police couldn't handle it.''

Police arrested 12 adults and five youths Friday under the federal Anti-terrorism Act for allegedly plotting to bomb targets in southern Ontario. Fifteen of them are to appear in a Brampton, Ont., court today for a bail hearing on a variety of offences.

Security is expected to be intense. For their first appearance on Saturday, more than 30 tactical officers ringed the courthouse, a helicopter hovered overheard, and rooftop snipers and bomb-sniffing dogs watched those being frisked by court officers and Peel Regional Police officers.

Of the 17 people charged, five of them are considered juveniles by the court and little information on the youths is publicly available regarding their charges.

Of the adults, however, court documents suggest that a sub group of six was allegedly involved in the bomb plot. Nine of them are charged with training to carry out a terrorist activity.

A smaller group of four are charged with training or recruiting others into a terrorist plot and three are charged with obtaining firearms.

All of them are charged with participating or contributing to a terrorist group.

The two men, identified by the National Post as the alleged terrorist leaders Fahim Ahmad, Zakaria Amara face the most charges. Ahmad is charged with all six of the terrorism charges.

Ahmad and Amara are joined in being charged with the bomb plot by Asad Ansari, Shareef Abdelhaleem, Qayyum Abdul Jamal and Saad Khalid.

Ahmad is also charged with being with Mohammed Dirie and Yasim Abdi Mohamed when they were arrested for gun smuggling at the Peace Bridge in Fort Erie, Ont. last August 13.

Charged alongside Ahmad and Amara with recruiting or providing training to someone to participate in carrying out a terrorist activity are Amin Mohamed Durrani and Steven Vikash Chand, also known as Abdul Shakur, who converted to Islam from Hinduism.

Lawyers for a number of the accused men complained that the clients' family members were not allowed to see their relatives since their arrest.

"My clients are being denied visits from their family. The family members are being denied access to them. I expected I will be able to get access to my clients after (Tuesday's) appearance," said Anser Farooq, a lawyer for at least three of the accused men.

Police seized firearms, computer hard drives, camouflage clothing, an electronic detonator and three tonnes of ammonium nitrate during the raids.

The RCMP, which had been monitoring the group, switched a load of fertilizer which the conspirators allegedly believed to be 34-0-0 grade fertilizer, the best for making explosives with a benign substance before it was delivered to the suspects.

After the controlled delivery, heavily armed police fanned out throughout the Greater Toronto Area to arrest their targets.

Ahmad and Amara had been followers of Jamal, a senior member of the Ar-Rahman Islamic Centre in Mississauga. Six other of the accused also attended the Ar-Rahman centre. The facility, in a strip mall in Mississauga, was the focus of intense international media attention Monday.

Meanwhile, the National Post located an isolated rural property just outside the Ontario town of Washago, 90 minutes north of Toronto, that neighbours said was used as a training ground by the suspects.

Residents reported seeing up to a dozen men dressed in camouflage coming and going from the densely wooded acreage and hearing automatic gunfire from the property last December and January.

Sources said police had the entire area under surveillance while the suspects were at the makeshift training camp and were prepared for the worst, including keeping the commandos of JTF-2 nearby as a force of last resort.

''They're the counter-terrorism unit (of the Canadian Forces), so of course they'd be involved,'' said another officer familiar with the operation. ''But their involvement was pretty minimal there were like 400 cops in on this, so they never got the call.''

The soldiers, along with a pair of Griffin helicopters of 427 Special Operations Aviation Squadron from Petawawa, Ont., were kept on alert at two bases, CFB Borden and CFB Meaford, the two nearest Canadian Forces bases, the source said.

Officials at the Department of National Defence would neither confirm nor deny JTF-2's involvement in the lengthy investigation into the alleged terror plot.

''For reasons of operational security, National Defence does not discuss the activities of its special forces,'' spokesman Jay Paxton said Monday.

Michele Paradis, a spokeswoman for the RCMP, confirmed that the military was included in the task force handling the case, but would not give any details about which units were involved, or what role they played.

However, security experts said they would not be surprised that JTF-2 was involved in the case, if only on a standby basis.

In a 15-minute telephone conversation Monday, U.S. President George W. Bush expressed his appreciation for Canada's efforts to Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Liberal Leader Bill Graham, meanwhile, said Canada must continue its military role in Afghanistan or risk more terrorist threats at home.

Canada's troops are in Afghanistan precisely to bring peace to that country, he said, and ''we hope well succeed in that engagement, which is so important for Canada and the international community.''

''I'm afraid that if we don't succeed, the threats will get bigger. The success of our forces in Afghanistan are more and more important, as shown by what we happened this weekend.''

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Post by Corlyss_D » Tue Jun 06, 2006 12:53 pm

pizza wrote: As author Bruce Bower exhaustively demonstrates in his book While Europe Slept: How Radical Islam is Destroying the West from Within, there exists a unity of purpose between Islamic extremists and Western elites in Europe and throughout the world. Both sides wish to hide the fact that Islamists seek to dominate the Western world while painting the US and Israel as the greatest threats to international security.

There seems to be no limit to the willingness of Western elites to justify jihadist acts of war against their societies. The Telegraph's apology for the Canadian jihadist terror group came at the same time as Britain's counter-terror forces were conducting a desperate search for a chemical bomb they fear was built by two British born terrorists who were also arrested on Friday in London. The fact that Britain's own jihadists were planning to attack Londoners with sarin gas made no dent in the Telegraph's willingness to make excuses for radical Islamic warriors.

THIS PATTERN of collaborative dissimulation between leftist Western elites and jihadists manifested itself last week in Winnipeg, Canada. There, as the Ontario 17 steadily advanced their plans of war, Muslims in Manitoba launched an attack against a film that exposes the nature of the global jihad against the West. Last Monday and Tuesday the documentary film Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West launched its Canadian premiere in the city. (It will be premiering in Israel at Hebrew University on June 14.)
What I can't understand is this: even the stones in the street know that the elites, especially the journalists, will be the first civilians slaughtered when the Islamofascists come to power. What is it with these people? Are they too dazzled by the radicalism they studied at college to see this? Do they have a death-wish? What is the matter with their critical thinking faculties?
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Post by lmpower » Tue Jun 06, 2006 1:25 pm

Did you hear the mayor of Toronto on NPR? He said that Islam is a religion of peace and wondered what the Canadian society could have done to radicalize these fine young Muslim gentlemen.

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Post by Corlyss_D » Tue Jun 06, 2006 1:38 pm

lmpower wrote:Did you hear the mayor of Toronto on NPR? He said that Islam is a religion of peace and wondered what the Canadian society could have done to radicalize these fine young Muslim gentlemen.
I missed that, but he said something equally foolish in an interview yesterday. I can't recall what exactly. I half expected him to say "We did all the right things! We denounce America regularly. We only take their money and we won't let any of them immigrate to here. We reserve the country for the political victims of America's greedy capitalist fascist war-mongering policies. We don't have anything worth blowing up here. Our soldier is over in Africa feeding the hungry. Why would they turn us like that?"
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Post by lmpower » Tue Jun 06, 2006 2:42 pm

The mayor of Toronto also dredged up the example of Timothy McVeigh to prove that Muslims are not unique, because Mcveigh is supposed to be a "Christian" terrorist. This is a ploy that I absolutely loathe. McVeigh recited invictus by Henley at his execution. This poem is a statement of a stoic philosophy. No Christian would recite that poem at a critical moment in his life. Muslims, on the other hand, shout Allah u akbar as they rush to commit their atrocities. Their terrorism is a statement of their faith. There is a column in today's Toronto Globe and Mail by a Muslim woman deploring acts of terror though. Let's give her credit for that.

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lmpower wrote:The mayor of Toronto also dredged up the example of Timothy McVeigh to prove that Muslims are not unique, because Mcveigh is supposed to be a "Christian" terrorist.
Thank you, Im! That was the foolish thing he said that I couldn't recall. Intel community knows that McVeigh was not what he appeared and there's a good bet that he got his bomb-making knowhow from Ramzi Yousef of the 1st WTC bombing and the infamous Bojinka plot to highjack 10 air planes and crash them into prominent western icons.
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Post by Corlyss_D » Wed Jun 07, 2006 3:24 am

If anyone wants a good laugh, you can hear what passes for objective interviewing at NPR and a fatuous interviewee all at the same time here.
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Post by Corlyss_D » Thu Jun 08, 2006 4:44 pm

Beichman's article on Canada was put to bed before the Canadians announced the arrest of the very kind of home-grown terrorist that Jack Hooper testified about. Very timely.

Is Canada Next?
Time to look at the northern border.
by Arnold Beichman
06/12/2006, Volume 011, Issue 37


THE CANADIAN SECURITY INTELLIGENCE SERVICE has just issued this warning: There is an increasing threat from what Canada's CIA calls "home-grown terrorists" living in communities across Canada. And presumably awaiting orders.

The warning came from Jack Hooper, CSIS deputy director of operations, in May 29 testimony before a Canadian Senate defense committee. He told the committee that, since 2001, some 20,000 immigrants from the Afghanistan/Pakistan region have entered Canada. And said Hooper in what passes for Canadian understatement: "We're in a position to vet one-tenth of those. That may be inadequate."

What that means for the United States is obvious. Our northern border must be guarded more closely than ever before in history. Indeed, it has been, for a century, an unarmed, unpoliced border.

Hooper said, according to CBC News, that young Canadians with immigrant backgrounds are: (1) becoming radicalized through the Internet and (2) seeking targets within Canada itself, not abroad.

"They are virtually indistinguishable from other youth," said Hooper. "They blend in very well to our society, they speak our language and they appear to be--to all intents and purposes--well assimilated. They look to Canada to execute their targeting."

Hooper pointed out that the men responsible for the London 2005 subway bombings were from immigrant families. He testified ominously: "I can tell you that all of the circumstances that led to the London transit bombings, to take one example, are resident here and now in Canada."

A Canadian resident, trained in Afghanistan and at one time living in Vancouver, British Columbia, played a key role in the August 1998 al Qaeda attack on the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi. He was the one who trained the embassy bombers.

Even more ominous was Hooper's admission that the CSIS could vet only about one-tenth of the immigrants from Afghanistan and Pakistan. In other words, apart from bare details, which themselves may be spurious, Canada knows nothing--not even current addresses--of approximately 18,000 immigrants from that part of the world who have arrived just in the last five years. According to a report in the Toronto National Post, Hooper admitted that his agency was troubled about its inability to track these immigrants.

That Canada may be a terrorist target is a distinct possibility. Canada has about 2,300 soldiers deployed in Afghanistan on a mission that was recently extended until 2009. And as Hooper noted in his testimony, "Canada has been named on several occasions as one of six Western 'target countries' by al Qaeda leaders, most recently last summer."

But there is now a new and startling concern: Canadian-born fanatics, whose numbers are on the rise. Said Hooper about these nontraditional votaries of Islamist terrorism: "We have cases of white, Anglo-Saxon Protestants converting to the most radical form of Islam. These are people who blend in with us and our neighbors." Hooper said the CSIS does a good job at containing threats it uncovers, but what about those threats it does not uncover?

"We stay up at night," he said, "worrying about the threats we don't know about, and we always used to work on a ratio of ten to one. For every one we knew, there were probably ten out there we didn't. I worry that the ratio has increased."

A new and conservative government rules Canada today. The U.S.-Canada border should be a top priority on the binational agenda when both sides meet again.

Arnold Beichman is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University.
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Post by Haydnseek » Fri Jun 09, 2006 10:28 pm

Christopher Caldwell: Canada as terrorist target
By Christopher Caldwell
Published: June 9 2006 20:44 | Last updated: June 9 2006 20:44

“We are a target because of who we are and how we live,” said Stephen Harper, prime minister of Canada, last weekend. It was on the day that 17 men and boys from Ontario were arrested in an alleged terrorist plot that was to culminate, according to one prosecution document, in the lopping off of Mr Harper’s own head. It is striking that Mr Harper’s explanation of why Islamists want to bomb his country should so resemble George W. Bush’s explanation of why Islamists want to bomb his. After all, between September 11 2001 and Mr Harper’s election last January, the notion that the US and Canada are polar opposites was the cornerstone of Canadian national identity. Canada prides itself on its respect for international law, its refusal to participate in the Iraq invasion (although it has 2,300 troops in Afghanistan) and its devotion to multiculturalism.

Its targeting by terrorists raises two important questions: first, are the small, semi-pacifist countries of the west fighting the same war on terrorism as the big, militarily active ones? Second, what makes a country a terrorist target in the first place?

Canada’s approach to terror reveals a split personality. On security, it has been tough. Emergency arrangements argued over ferociously in Britain and the US – including wide powers to tap phones and intercept mail – are available to Canada’s Communications Security Establishment. An upcoming Supreme Court case will decide the fate of three suspected terrorists who have been held without charge for years. But in other areas Canada has been easygoing. Its intercommunity relations have been marked by political correctness (the president of the Muslim Council of Montreal congratulated the authorities last week for “correctly refer[ring] to these acts as alleged criminal actions motivated by politics and hatred, not by any religion or faith”). Its diplomatic posture, at least until Mr Harper’s election in January, has shown an unconcealed belief that Americans overreact to practically everything.

This split personality has its roots in Canada’s two-sided experience of terror. At one level, Canadians do understand that “it can happen here”. Osama bin Laden has singled out the country specifically in his communiqués. The most deadly terrorist attack in history before 9/11 was the 1985 bombing of an Air India flight out of Toronto, in which 329 people died. A poll taken in the wake of the London bombings last July showed Canadians felt less secure than Americans did: 63 per cent of the former saw a terrorist attack as inevitable, versus 57 per cent of the latter.

But this edginess competes with a tendency towards complacency. Press accounts last week stressed the amateurishness of the plotters, who trained by playing paintball in the Toronto suburbs and wrote childish messages in chat rooms. To take solace in their haplessness is foolish. Since terrorists are always fantasists of a sort, the moment their plan goes awry they will always look a bit ridiculous. But the alleged Canadian plotters were not ridiculous at all. According to prosecutors, their ringleader was a supporter of the notorious Ahmed Khadr of Toronto, killed by Pakistani forces in 2003 while fighting with al-Qaeda. The group found the resources to buy three tons of ammonium nitrate, three times the payload in the Oklahoma City attacks of 1996. They organised a large conspiracy with unusually few blunders. (The group was infiltrated thanks to a far-reaching investigation that started outside the country.)

One source of complacency is self-regard. A poll last year by the Pew Research Center found that Canadians tower above other western countries in their sense that people like them; 94 per cent say they are “well liked by other nations”. Last week a letter writer to a Canadian newspaper noted: “Most Canadians question why anyone would want to attack us because, by and large, we do live in a decent and just society”. Increasingly, Canadians measure their decency and justice by comparing themselves with the US. A year after the 9/11 attacks, two-thirds of Canadians told Maclean’s magazine the US was “a bully”. The evolution of attitudes since then is well summed up by a headline that the Ottawa Citizen ran in 2003 after a US State Department report expressed worry that Canada’s privacy laws impeded terrorist investigations: “US Says Canada Cares Too Much About Liberties”.

Some Americans do, in fact, assume terrorists up north have the run of the place. Republican representative Pete King, chairman of the House homeland security committee, said last week: “There is a disproportionate number of al-Qaeda in Canada because of their very liberal immigration laws and because of how political asylum is granted so easily.” Canadians were appalled by the statement but there is some truth to it. The first big al-Qaeda attempt on the US involved two north-African–born Canadian residents trying to drive a bomb across the border to blow up Los Angeles Airport in 1999. By the end of 2007, Canadians will need, for the first time, to show a passport before entering the US.

Canada has the right to form any idea of itself it wishes, whether the US approves or not. The problem is that constant invidious contrasts may have resulted in a misassessment of the terrorist threat Canada faces. This is in contrast to Australia, which assumes itself to be a big al-Qaeda target. Canada has tried to avoid the wrath of radical Islamists by just keeping its head down and making clear that it is not the US. Terrorists do not seem discriminating enough to tell the difference. Two years ago, Israel’s ambassador to Canada warned: “The openness of Canada might be interpreted by the various terrorist organisations as a sort of naiveté that can be utilised and abused.” He was right. While specific grievances can certainly play a role in radicalising specific people, what we have learnt from the targeting of peace-loving Canada is that terrorists attack, above all, simply because they can.


The writer is a senior editor at The Weekly Standard

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Post by Corlyss_D » Fri Jun 09, 2006 11:37 pm

Christopher Caldwell wrote:"We are a target because of who we are and how we live,” said Stephen Harper, prime minister of Canada, last weekend.
This is going to sound churlish, but what the hell, you guys already think I'm churlish. Even in that statement, they are exhibiting hubris to which they have no purchase. To the extent they are a target, it is soley 1) to get easy ingress to the US; and 2) to have safe haven for operations elsewhere. How can a footpath, a safe house, take on so about the feckless exploits of silly children playing at being terrorists? I'm glad they got the wake up call, but honestly, they aren't the target of any serious operations designed to take them out because no one in the world gives a rat's ass what Canada does or says on any serious subject. Yes, they are a nice little nanny state, completely harmless in the national scene. That's why nobody cares. As Canada goes, so goes . . . . who? Lichtenstein? They aren't an economic power, a military power, an international power. Who cares enough about them to make them a target? Talk about the mouse that roared "See me?"

A Canadian friend expressed to me great (but naturally impeccably sedate) outrage, in the days immediately after 9/11, that when Bush listed America's great friends and allies he "neglected" to mention our very staunch and ancient friend, Canada. This after Chretien had refused to join in the projected military response and members of the Chretien government had counseled the US to take one for the team in the interests of international peace. I was completely aghast at the gall of my friend to complain about what obviously was Bush's very deliberate and pointed snub of our "great ally" to the North for Chretien's rebuke. To be counted as a friend of the US, they have to have more spine and less interest in defining themselves as anything but Americans. Maybe they'll get it now: they are carriers of Western European Civilization, and therefore, indistinguishable in any meaningful way from Americans, much as it might gall the hell out of them. They hang with us; or they will hang separately.
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