Monday, June 05, 2006

Crock of the day: Toronto Police Department not in the real world

In the US, there are some stereotypes of the various major cities' police departments that stem from their historical performances. Thus, LAPD are racist and brutal (less so now that it is run by Bill Bratton, the former NYPD Commissioner); New Orleans PD is corrupt and craven; Chicago PD is inept.

Add a new one: the Toronto PD is living in a fantasy world.

As you should know, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (essentially the Canadian FBI), rounded up a group of 12 men and 5 teen boys that the RCMP ran a sting operation against. The basis for the sting -- suspicion that the 17-man group in Mississauga, Ontario wanted to bomb various targets in Canada's most populous province using homegrown improvised bombs. The RCMP sting was set up by the group's purchase of ammonium nitrate based fertilizers from RCMP undercover operatives. Those fertilizers formed the explosive base for the Oklahoma City bomb in the mid-90s.

All 12 men and five boys are Muslim. All are from the same community. Many attend the same "storefront mosque" in the area where the group's ringleader preaches.

And the Toronto PD's Chief reaction:

"It appears that a number of these young men were motivated by an ideology based on politics, hatred and terrorism, and not on faith," said Chief Bill Blair after meeting with local Muslim leaders to discuss their fears of repercussions.

This is not a serious reaction to a serious situation. Nor is the response of one expert who says Canadians have "a very profound feeling" of "why would anyone want to do us harm?" That evidences only a complete lack of understanding of what the Islamofascists want, but also a ridiculously naive belief that being nice citizens of the world can redound to Canada's credit with the Islamists.

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