Sunday, June 04, 2006

Connect The Dots

Three crack Toronto Star reporters demonstrate that they can't find their butts in the dark with both hands, a flashlight and a GPS:

In investigators' offices, an intricate graph plotting the links between the 17 men and teens charged with being members of a homegrown terrorist cell covers at least one wall. And still, says a source, it is difficult to find a common denominator.


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RCMP Assistant Commissioner Mike McDonell said yesterday the suspects are all Canadian residents and the majority are citizens. "They represent the broad strata of our community. Some are students, some are employed, some are unemployed," he said.

"Some are actually recruited. Going out and looking for marginalized youth, if we can call it that, and other ones it's common association within a community."


Maybe this list of names will help. But since this is the Toronto Star we're talking about, it probably won't.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

its so clear, read the names . . . . obviously ex Leafs pissed at not making the playoffs & taking revenge on Torontp

davidson said...

...i know this kind of complex thinking is difficult for people like you but i'll try again, being homosexual doesn't make you a pedophile and being muslim doesn't make you a terrorist.

Joel K. said...

If it walks like a duck and talks like a duck...

enkidu said...

It may be true that being a Muslim does not make you a terrorist, but it very much seems that being a terrorist gives you an extremely high probability of being a Muslim. Further, the article refers to a difficulty in finding common factors, not absolute causes. Did the authors spend any energy at all exploring whether or not the people in question shared a common religion? I don't have a crack research squad at my beck and call like those professional journalists at the TStar, but to my amateurs eye other common factors are that they are all male, almost all young, and all or most are either immigrants or sons of immigrants. None of these things are unique to these terrorists, but they are common factors and they are reasonable subjects for discussion and the fact that the authors cannot spot those while supposedly searching for common factors suggests to me that they have some agenda other than a dispassionate search for the truth.

dag said...

We meet in Vancouver each Thursday evening at the public library in the atrium from 7-9:00 pm to discuss the nature of Islam and jihad. To find us, look for the people wearing blue scarves or kerchiefs.

We meet to talk and exchange ideas, but mostly we meet so others will know that we can indeed speak in public and say the unsayable. We say Islam is a fascist poligion that is innately violent and fascistic. Join us if you will.

My name is Dag.

J0hnnyB said...

Uh, the Star has had the best coverage of the terror plot, bar none. Count how many references to the Star you find in other media and blogs.

Loyalist said...

Johnny B:

Quantity does not equal quality.

Except for Rosie DiManno's op-ed, the general editorial tone of the Star has been the usual handwringing, self-flagellation and spouting of pious multicultural platitudes.