In its on-going discussion of the investigation and arrest of 17 Canadian terror suspects, the Globe & Mail went out of its way to make what it considered to be an important point: that the suspects came from a broad strata. What broad strata of society might the Globe & Mail being talking about? Take a look:
From an unmarried computer programmer to a university health sciences graduate and the unemployed, the 17 suspects charged in a foiled terrorist plot represent a “broad strata” of Canadian society.
“Some are students, some are employed, some are unemployed,” RCMP assistant Commissioner Mike McDonell said Saturday…
…Most of the group, who were remanded into custody until their next court appearance on Tuesday, wore street clothes although some appeared in white jump suits.
The majority sported the traditional Muslim male beard.
While everyone else has noticed the obvious about the suspects, that they are all Muslim, the Globe & Mail thought that their diversity of employment was a far more important point to stress.
Ed Morrissey noticed the Globe & Mail’s “don’t pay attention to the man behind the curtain” moment, and made these comments:
The only broad strata at work is the network of multicultural apologists that will attempt to make themselves feel good by ignoring the obvious connection between these suspects, the one that even a child could detect from the list of suspects and their involvement in Islamist websites. That broad strata will go to their deaths rather than admit that radical Islam comprises a threat against Western civilization. Unfortunately, they will take the rest of us with them.
Michelle Malkin noticed it, too.
Yes, the same “broad strata” from which the 9/11 hijackers, 1993 World Trade Center bombers, USS Cole bombers, etc., etc., etc., came.
The 12 adult suspects, again:
1. Fahim Ahmad, 21, Toronto;
2. Zakaria Amara, 20, Mississauga, Ont.;
3. Asad Ansari, 21, Mississauga;
4. Shareef Abdelhaleen, 30, Mississauga;
5. Qayyum Abdul Jamal, 43, Mississauga;
6. Mohammed Dirie, 22, Kingston, Ont.;
7. Yasim Abdi Mohamed, 24, Kingston;
8. Jahmaal James, 23, Toronto;
9. Amin Mohamed Durrani, 19, Toronto;
10. Steven Vikash Chand alias Abdul Shakur, 25, Toronto;
11. Ahmad Mustafa Ghany, 21, Mississauga;
12. Saad Khalid, 19, of Eclipse Avenue, Mississauga.
Such a diverse lot! A veritable Benetton ad. Can’t think of a similarity among them!
Nope, not a one.