ALWAYS THE SAME…ONCE A TERRORIST IS DISCOVERED IN THEIR MIDSTS, HERE COME THE PLETHORA OF DENIALS, EXCUSES AND BLAME TOWARDS EVERYONE ELSE…IT’S THE KUFFARS FAULT….
Al-Qaida luring Canadian Muslims
By JASON HALSTEAD, QMI Agency
Last Updated: March 16, 2011 10:01am
WINNIPEG – While members of the Winnipeg’s Islamic community were stunned to learn two former University of Manitoba students are wanted on terror charges, a long-time local scholar of terrorism said it’s no surprise Canadian Muslims are being recruited by al-Qaida.
“It’s shocking,” said Shahina Siddiqui, president of Islamic Social Services Association of Canada, which is headquartered in Winnipeg.
Siddiqui was at Tuesday’s RCMP announcement of the charges against ex-Winnipeggers Ferid Ahmed Imam, 30, and Maiwand Yar, 27, that relate to a plot to bomb subways in New York City.
“There’s a lot of questions and there’s fear and anxiety of how the community will be treated because there’s always a few people who would take this opportunity to target or malign Muslims,” she said.
“Like all Canadians, our major concern is the security of the country and there is absolutely no tolerance for anything that would jeopardize it.”
Siddiqui said she was acquainted with the family of one of the men charged, but wouldn’t say which.
“All we know about them is they came from good families, they were doing well in university, they played soccer,” she said. “They were like regular Canadian kids.”
Police allege Imam and Yar travelled to Pakistan in 2007 for terrorist training.
Peter St. John, who teaches political studies at the University of Winnipeg, said he wasn’t surprised to hear of young Muslim Canadians possibly being attracted to terrorism.
“There are many Muslims, whether at university or not, in Canada, who are fed up with American foreign policy in the Middle East and interference in Iraq and Afghanistan, and many Canadians fed up with the very partisan position Canada takes at the moment toward the Middle East,” he said.
St. John said he can easily see disenchantment stoked to extremism online.
“There are nearly 4,000 websites available for young, upset Muslims to look at that invite them to participate in Islamism and go off and be martyr and fight for al-Qaida,” he said.