Turns out, according to the big NYPD report, that some of the Canadian Islamist jihadists (alleged, wink) captured in Toronto were simply lonely and looking for chums. ”…the suspects went through a process of radicalization that was triggered not by oppression or suffering but by a search for identity that went astray and led them to extremist Islam.”
Hells bells. Guess that’s why some of them took to wearing combat fatigues to the mosque and plotting the televised beheading of the prime minister of Canada.
They even quote a poem written by one of them in which he seeks pals. “Please someone find me, I want to find the light, but no one is there to guide me, open the door someone give me it’s [sic] key.”
Well golly. Had we known that, we’d have stayed out of Afghanistan, where his brethren were finding an identity as barbaric Islamist jihadist terrorists out to kill us.
And I guess we finally have to admit that poetry really is worthwhile. This can’t be good news.
Report examines ‘radicalization’ of Western Muslims
Stewart Bell, National Post
Published: Thursday, August 16, 2007
A U.S. intelligence report released yesterday identifies Canadian Qayyum Abdul Jamal as the “spiritual sanctioner” of a group accused of plotting terrorist attacks in Toronto and Ottawa.
The New York Police Department report says Mr. Jamal, the eldest of 18 terror suspects arrested by the RCMP around Toronto last summer, helped young men “progress to the next stage of radicalization.”
He was particularly influential on suspected ringleaders Fahim Ahmad and Zakaria Amara, as well as Saad Khalid, whom he had met at the Al Rahman Islamic Centre in Mississauga, the report says.
“Abdul Jamal was known by the other congregants to have an ‘us-versus-them’ view of the world in which Muslims were being oppressed by the West. He had no formal religious role in the mosque but his radical views were tolerated by the leadership because he cleaned the mosque for free,” the report says.
“Abdul Jamal also had a reputation for reaching out to young people, taking them camping, playing basketball, etc. The suspects soon began to be influenced by his views and adopted them as their own.”
In all the cases looked at by the NYPD, the suspects went through a remarkably similar process of radicalization that was triggered not by oppression or suffering but by a search for identity that went astray and led them to extremist Islam.
The Toronto suspects were no different, it says.
“Similar to the many of those involved in the other plots and attacks, the Toronto plotters also struggled with their identity as evidenced by this excerpt from a poem that was posted on the Internet by Zakaria Amara in 2001: ‘Please someone find me, I want to find the light, but no one is there to guide me, open the door someone give me it’s [sic] key.’ “
“The Mississauga group went as far as wearing combat fatigues to the mosque—a fact that was noted as unusual by the other congregants, but not reported to authorities,” says the report.
“In Scarborough, convert Steven Vikash Chand and another suspect, Mohamed Durrani took their new-found fervor to recruit more young people. Both spent time at the campus of a local high school where they were able to convince the youngest members of the group to join in.”