by Brian Lilley
I know this has happened to you. You’ve been watching a newscast and there is a story about a terrorist plot being busted. You hear all about the plot, you know how many people were arrested, what they were generally attempting to do, but there is something the police seem to be avoiding.
The M word or the I word.
You know what I mean.
Police bust an Islamic terror cell, people that plan to blow up a building or shoot others in the name of Islam, and yet police will not say the words Muslim, Islam or any variant thereof. Even when the people arrested have clearly stated their goal is to carry out an attack in the name of Islam, police will not use the M word or the I word.
A document issued by the RCMP may help you understand why this happens. It’s called Words Make Worlds and it details how the Mounties are supposed to talk about Islam.
This booklet has a chapter on jihad, but it’s not the jihad you and I have come to know – the kind where people claim they will wage a holy war. No, this booklet is all about how jihad is an internal struggle “striving in the path of God.”
I’m disturbed any time government or a government agency tries to define religion, but that is what is happening here.
The document also makes a defence of the Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamist group that now controls much of Egypt. During his campaign for the Egyptian presidency, Mohammed Morsi, a man closely tied to the Brotherhood, told a crowd, “The Qur’an is our constitution. The Prophet Mohammed is our leader. Jihad is our path and death for the sake of Allah is our most lofty aspiration.”
That doesn’t sound like a peaceful striving in the path of God to me. And it doesn’t show the Brotherhood as the benign group the Mounties want you to think they are.
The document goes on to tell the Mounties never to link Islam and terrorism. “Terms like ‘Islamic terrorism,’ ‘Islamist terrorism,’ ‘Jihadism’ and ‘Islamofascism’ succeed only in conflating terrorism with mainstream Islam, thereby casting all Muslims as terrorists or potential terrorists.”
What a load of crap.
Since 9/11 when Islamic terrorist scum blew up the Twin Towers, crashed a plane into the Pentagon and were foiled in sending another one to Washington, people in the West have been bending over backwards to say, “Well, of course not all Muslims are terrorists.”
It is the statement everyone needs to make before talking about the problem of Islamic terrorism.
A friend told me that this document was no big deal, just a dust collector that real cops won’t pay attention to. I wish that were the case.
Back in the summer of 2010, four men were arrested and charged with terror-related activities, including claims they were planning a bombing and were attempting to send money to support terrorist activities in Afghanistan. A quick review of the statements made, the press releases issued at the time shows police never used the M word or the I word once.
These men were accused of terrorist activities, activities they planned to carry out in the name of their religion and our national police force was too afraid to name the evil for what it was.
They still are and that should frighten you. If police cannot name the evil they are facing, how can they confront it?