There are so many aspects of this supposed terror ring that grate me:
- Global News fear-mongering poll, asking whether we need to adopt the asinine American terror-alert level system. I'm on board, so long as we find a way to incorporate the much ignored color teal.
- "Experts" arguing that the real roots of radicalism are poor socio-economic conditions. I find this logic strange, considering Al Qaeda's top man comes from one of Saudi Arabia's wealthiest families, and the number two is a doctor. You can't explain away radical views with simplistic rationalizations.
- American politicians using a "successful" police exercise to criticize Canada as a bastion for terrorists. Aren't the American hawks constantly reminding people that future attacks are inevitable. When you live in a glass house...
-CBC radio, and others, reporting from the courthouse with a strange pre-occupation about how many international media news outlets are here. There is an overriding bizarre pride with reports that mention how "international" the coverage is, as though Canada has finally made it to the terrorism bigtime. Even during a crisis, it is nice to see we still find the time to worry about whether the Americans notice us.
-The constant interviewing of the suspects families. Don't get me wrong, it is important to have balance, but do we really expect anything other than "this is a disgrace" and "he is such a good boy". Pick a horrific crime, the family is always the last to know and/or except- these interviews add nothing to the reporting.
-Reporters asking law enforcement officials detailed questions over and over, so we can count how many times we hear "I'm not at liberty to discuss the details of this case".
-One of the lawyers for the accused arguing that the suspects are being mistreated because they haven't been allowed to pray together. Yes, it is common practice to allow co-defendants free access to each other so they can "discuss" things. Suspects have to be separated, for beyond obvious reasons.
Generally, the real tragedy with this whole mess is the inevitable wedge developing. Every conversation contains a Muslim and some white guy, as though each has some unique perspective to offer, in turn fueling division and isolation. It is sad to hear interviews with Muslims, wherein they are forced to defend an entire religion, because of the actions of a few radicals. Christians aren't forced to apologize for Pat Robertson or Jerry Falwell, who regularly broadcast intolerance and hate. The real fear is that an air of suspicion is allowed to take hold in our psyche that could force the Muslim community to internalize and further isolate itself from Canadian society. Tolerance and inclusiveness have seen better days.