THAT’S RIGHT! GET THAT THING OFF!

IF YOU WANT SHARIA, THEN HAVE YOUR CASE HEARD IN A SHARIA COURT. THIS IS CANADA, IF YOU WANT CANADIAN JUSTICE, THEN YOU ABIDE BY CANADIAN LAW.

 

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AND AGAIN IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH ISLAM..OF COURSE…

IS IT JUST ME OR DOES CANADA HAVE AN ENORMOUS AMOUNT OF MUSLIMS WHO ARE “MISUNDERSTANDING” THEIR RELIGION? AND WHERE IS ALL THE MONEY COMING FROM FOR ALL THESE NEW MOSQUES? OTHER ‘MISUNDERSTANDERS” OF ISLAM? QUESTION, HOW COME MUSLIM NATIONS NEED OUR MONEY FOR AID, BUT THEY HAVE MILLIONS FOR BUILDING MOSQUES IN NON MUSLIM LANDS?

H/T  to Kel!

Toronto’s million-dollar ‘radical mosque’

Feb 16, 2012 – 10:32 PM ET | Last Updated: Feb 16, 2012 11:26 PM ET

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Listed as director and president, the Egyptian-born Imam Hindy calls himself a fundamentalist, not an extremist. An RCMP report refers to him as a “focal point for Toronto area Islamic radicals,” and a New York Police Department report calls Salaheddin “a known radical mosque.”

On a recent Friday at the Salaheddin mosque, Imam Aly Hindy spoke to his followers about how homosexuality was “invented,” calling it “nonsense” and “garbage” to believe anyone could be born that way.

He went on to talk about “illegal sexual acts” but added a qualifier: “Illegal means illegal in Islam, not illegal in the Canadian law, because everything is legal in the Canadian law, except children. Other than that, they allow everything.”

The Toronto imam has long been known for his controversial comments. He called the 9/11 attacks a joint CIA operation, refused to join other imams in signing a statement condemning the 2005 London bombings and referred to the Toronto 18 terrorists as good people.

But while he remains as provocative as ever, the institution that serves as his platform has undergone a notable shift: According to federal charity records, the Salaheddin Islamic Centre is being increasingly financed by foreign patrons.

Almost a quarter of the centre’s revenues came from outside Canada in 2010, figures posted on the Canada Revenue Agency website show. Three unnamed foreign donors provided $931,000 of the centre’s almost $4-million in revenues that year.

In 2009, the centre got $250,000 from overseas, less than a tenth of its total revenues that year. Charities have only been required to publicly report their foreign revenues since 2009. Figures for 2011 are not yet available.

“Our policy is to follow CRA [Canada Revenue Agency] requirements and report every dollar that we receive from inside or outside Canada,” Imam Hindy said in an email response to questions.

Read more on Islamic extremism in high schools ‘A newly released intelligence report warns that teenagers are being exposed to Islamist extremism in Canadian high schools’

The CRA blacked out the names of the offshore donors for privacy reasons before releasing a copy of the tax return to the National Post. The amounts of each contribution were also obscured, along with whether the donors were organizations, governments or individuals.

But Imam Hindy said US$400,000 came from the Islamic Development Bank, which is based in Saudi Arabia and whose president is a Saudi. He said the other foreign donors were charities in Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.

Steve Mckinley for National Post files

Imam Aly Hindy, seen here at a Scarborough mosque, referred to the 18 Toronto men arrested on terrorists charges as good people.

“This is what Christian missionaries do from the West. In other parts of the world, this is their idea of doing missionary work. They give money to people they consider to be good Muslims and spreading the word,” said Christian Leuprecht, an associate professor at the Royal Military College and Queen’s University.

He said the issue raised questions about sovereignty, the role of foreign funding in aiding those intent on breaching liberal democratic values, and whether mechanisms were needed to ensure that Western freedoms were not exploited to advance illiberal ideas.

Another issue is that, despite their willingness to finance Imam Hindy’s centre in Canada, neither Saudi Arabia nor Qatar allows religions other than Islam to be preached in their own countries.

“This has always been the argument against: If we are going to let charities accept outside money, it should only come from countries that would allow us to do likewise, basically on the principle of reciprocity.”

Imam Hindy said his centre was “not so dependent on foreign revenues.” He said it was simply going through an expansion phase that cost more than he was able to raise in Canada.

“We have purchased a building in Mississauga for $1.7-million and renovated by about $150K. We expanded our building in Scarborough so far by $1.5-million. We have now a full time elementary and secondary School up to Grade 12.

“We have built an additional 10 classrooms, science lab, computer lab and building a gym with the most updated equipments for the school and local community. Also we have built a travel centre, washing facility for the deceased and in the process of building a new commercial kitchen to serve a banquet hall use at the gym.”

Tahir Gora, secretary general of the Muslim Canadian Congress, said he was not impressed when he attended Imam Hindy’s recent sermon. He said the imam had made “humiliating remarks” about homosexuals, and had tried to make the case that it didn’t matter if Canada accepted homosexuals because Islam did not.

“He should respect Canadian values,” said Mr. Gora, a writer who fled Pakistan after his critiques of religious intolerance brought death threats. “If he’s getting so much funding from different corners, he should try and assimilate Muslims in the society rather than trying to alienate them from the society.”

He said following Imam Hindy’s prayer, youths stood outside the mosque entrance handing out pamphlets that claimed that “hatred of Islam” was behind recent media coverage of the so-called honor killings murder trial in Kingston, Ont.

“The case was exploited by the agenda driven media to vilify Islam and Muslims,” it read. It went on to claim the “role of the media is to put pressure on Muslims living in the West to abandon Islamic values and adopt secular-liberal values instead.”

But Muslims should know, it continued, that “these assaults” were a test from God. It advised talking to other Canadians “to show how Islam is a comprehensive way of life that provides an alternative to the capitalist system.”

Imam Hindy denied any pamphlets were distributed and said he did not follow murder cases. Asked about the concern over his preaching, he responded by quoting passages from the Koran, including one that read, “For ye practise your lusts on men in preference to women : ye are indeed a people transgressing beyond bounds.” Said the imam, “These are words of God.”

On its tax forms, the Salaheddin centre describes its programming as, “Place of worship. Prayers, religious and educational teachings, the charity operate two schools teaching Ontario curriculum, beside couple of hours a week of Islamic teachings.” It also counsels families and youth and assists “the large east Toronto community when help is needed.”

Listed as director and president, the Egyptian-born Imam Hindy calls himself a fundamentalist, not an extremist. An RCMP report refers to him as a “focal point for Toronto area Islamic radicals,” and a New York Police Department report calls Salaheddin “a known radical mosque.”

Matthew Sherwood for National Post

The sign for Salaheddin Islamic Centre at 741 Kennedy Road in Scarborough, Ont.

Imam Hindy does not preach violence and says he steers youths away from radicalism. But some of the centre’s former worshippers have been linked to terrorism. A former founder, Hassan Farhat, left Canada to join an al-Qaeda-linked group in Iraq, where he allegedly commanded a squad of suicide bombers. Ahmed Khadr, a senior Canadian al-Qaeda figure, visited the mosque when he was in Toronto and his family worshipped there.

The former principal of the mosque school, Mahmoud Jabballah is undergoing deportation proceedings after the government alleged he was a member of the Egyptian terrorist group Al Jihad. The ringleaders of the Toronto 18 terrorist group, which plotted attacks in Southern Ontario, were also worshippers, as was a man arrested last year at the Toronto airport as he was allegedly on his way to join the Somali terrorist group Al Shabab.

When Mohamed Mahjoub, whom the government alleges was a member of the Egyptian terrorist group Vanguards of Conquest, applied to be released from detention, Imam Hindy offered to act as a surety but was rejected by the judge, in part because “his published statements are open to the inference that he is sympathetic to or at least defensive of the threats of Islamic terrorism towards Canada.”

But the Ontario Superior Court of Justice rejected the notion the Salaheddin centre was involved in terrorism. “I accept that, over the years, there may have been persons, involved in questionable activities, with questionable associations, who have passed through the Centre from time to time,” the court wrote in 2008. “In my view, this in itself is not sufficient to taint the centre in any way.”

The centre’s financial supporters seem to agree. From a budget of $372,000 in 2000, the centre now reports an annual revenue more than 10 times that amount and says in its latest tax return it intends to expand into Clarington, Ont., east of Toronto.

The charity’s financial growth is at least partly the result of significant contributions from abroad. Imam Hindy sees the outside money as a good thing. It’s creating work for the construction industry as well as education jobs while saving the public school system money, he said.

He declined to discuss the controversy surrounding the centre. “I am not going again to talk about this controversy that you are talking about. I already answered this question to you many times. The centre is continuing to serve the community in the best way possible.”

National Post sbell@nationalpost.com

HA! TELL US SOMETHING WE DON’T KNOW.

I’M GLAD THE GOVERNMENT IS FINALLY GETTING WITH THE PROGRAM, EVERYDAY CANADIANS HAVE KNOWN FOR QUITE AWHILE NOW THAT ISLAMIC MULTICULTURALISM IS NOT ONLY FOOLISH, BUT DANGEROUS TO ALL NON MUSLIMS. HOWEVER, THE PROBLEM ISN’T JUST “MUSLIM EXTREMISTS”. IT’S ALSO MODERATE MUSLIMS WHO GIVE SANCTION TO THESE EXTREMISTS BY THEIR SILENCE. SO WHAT IS IT KEEPING THEM QUIET, FEAR OF THEIR EXTREMISTS, OR AGREEMENT?

Muslim Extremists Number One Terror Threat, Canada Warns

Muslim extremists are the “leading threat to Canada’s national security,” warns a Cabinet minister, but media whitewash his report.
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

First Publish: 2/13/2012, 10:00 AM

Muslim extremists are the “leading threat to Canada’s national security,” warned Ottawa’s Public Safety Minister Vic Toews, but the country’s mainstream media whitewashed his report.

He presented a 36-page report entitled ““Building Resilience Against Terrorism,” led off by pinpointing Islamist extremism in general and “’homegrown’ Sunni Islamist extremists” in particular as having “identified Canada as a legitimate target or [having] directly threatened our interests.”

He said that “recurring instances of violence linked to Sunni Islamist extremism have punctuated the development of the terrorist threat since at least the 1970s….Despite having been under intense pressure for the past decade, foreign-based Sunni Islam…extremist groups have explicitly identified Canada as a legitimate target for attacks or have taken actions that threaten Canada’s international interests.”

“Al Qaeda, led by Ayman al Zawahiri since the death of Osama bin Laden in May 2011, remains at the forefront of Sunni Islamist extremism and continues to serve as an ideology and inspiration for potential terrorists worldwide.”

Toews pointed out that terrorist threats also come from other groups as well and are not confined only to Muslim extremists. While citing Hizbullah and other terrorist groups as posing a threat, he added, “Other nationalist, politico-religious, or multi-issue groups continue to employ terrorist tactics in support of their aims… The threat to Canada from terrorism has three main components: violent Sunni Islamist extremism – both at home and abroad, other international terrorist groups, and domestic, issue-based extremism.”

Canada’s mainstream media almost completely ignored the Sunni Muslim threat in their reports on Toews’ presentation.

The Canadian Broadcasting Company told its readers and listeners that “Canadian agencies will co-ordinate better to prevent terrorism under a new strategy.” It quoted him as saying that “no government can guarantee it will be able to prevent all terrorist attacks all the time” but that “Canada is committed to taking all reasonable measures to address terrorism in its many forms.”

The CBC report made no mention of Muslim terrorist threats.

The Canadian Press, the major syndicated national news services in Canada, reported that while Toews said the counterterrorist strategy is aimed at “foiling everything from Islamic terrorist threats to ‘lone wolf’ attackers,” but otherwise emphasized that he said, “Terrorism is not specific to any one religion, community or ethnic group.”

Toews’ report specifically focused on Sunni Muslim extremists. He stated that while “Al Qaeda affiliates may pose a threat of terrorist attacks from abroad, violent ‘homegrown’ Sunni Islamist extremists are posing a threat of violence within Canada.…”

“A number of individual extremists from Western countries have attempted terrorist attacks, inspired by but not directly connected to Sunni Islamist extremists abroad. In 2006, 18 individuals were arrested in Ontario for participating in a terrorist group whose intent was to bomb a number of symbolic Canadian institutions.

“Radicalized Canadians have also travelled to global hot spots like Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen, training or fighting with Sunni Islamist extremist groups. These individuals could participate in terrorism abroad, return to Canada and push others to violence, or return to Canada to carry out terrorist activities on Canadian soil.”

READ THE ACTUAL REPORT HERE

YES, RIGHT…IT WAS BECAUSE HE’S A CANADIAN NATIONAL..

THANK YOU BBC FOR IDENTIFYING THE PROBLEM GROUP OF MEN WHO COVER THEIR WOMEN IN SACKCLOTH, ARE PERMITTED TO BEAT THEM, KEEP THEM LOCKED UP, AND CAN DIVORCE YOUR ASS WITH 3 WORDS SAID 3 TIMES…AND EVEN KILL YOU FOR ‘DISHONOR’…COULDN’T BE A MUSLIM…SO IT’S GOT TO BE…..

CANADIANS…

NO ACTUALLY, IT’S A MUSLIM: https://sites.google.com/site/aldhallalegacy2/miscellaneousachievementsofaldhalla

H/T Vlad Tepes

BBC reports on Canadian who stalked his ex with a weapon in the UK

BBC has discovered the problem group in the UK.

Canadians.

H/T YB

BBC:

Al Amin Dhalla Al Amin Dhalla had been engaged to Alison Hewitt

A former City worker convicted of stalking his former fiancee and her family has been convicted of two further charges.

MARVELOUS NEWS FOR A CHANGE!!

BRAVO TO IMMIGRATION MINISTER JASON KENNEY!

Happy Valentines Day Jason Kenney! Islamofascist Palestine House Defunded! Blazing Cat Fur

As readers have suggested write Jason Kenney and thank him – jason.kenney@parl.gc.ca NB: this is the Pallie House Press Release announcing their long anticipated de-funding Minister Jason Kenney Decides to Stop Funding for a Settlement Program Administered by Palestine House TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Marketwire – Feb. 14, 2012) – Earlier this month, Mr.  Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration, and  Multiculturalism, decided not to renew a contribution agreement between  Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) and Palestine House Cultural  and Educational Centre (Palestine House). As a result Palestine House  will no longer provide settlement services or language instruction to  newcomer Canadians. Mr. Kenny did not provide any convincing explanation  for his decision.

Read the rest HERE 

YOU CAN ALWAYS COUNT ON THE STAR…

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ONLY THE TORONTO STAR GIVES A PLATFORM FOR LEFTARDS TO SPEW SUCH UTTER NONSENSE, ACCORDING TO ONE OF THEIR ‘JOURNALISTS” IT’S PEOPLE LIKE MICHAEL COREN WHO ARE THE PROBLEM FOR SPEAKING OUT AGAINST THE BARBARIC NATURE OF ISLAM..NOT THE BARBARIC NATURE OF ISLAM ITSELF.

terrorist? Me?!

Former Toronto Star journalist throws label around rather loosely

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By ,QMI Agency

                            First posted: Friday, February 10, 2012 08:00 PM EST

So we’re all terrorists now at Sun News. I had no idea!

I thought I was someone who deplored and condemned terror, who believed in turning the other cheek, and who tried to read, write and think his way through contemporary problems.

My colleagues at the television network seemed rather similar — gentle souls mostly, some with fierce opinions, but none supportive of violence and terror. But, it seems, I got it all wrong.

It must be so, because some genius who taught journalism at Ryerson University in Toronto has told us so.

His name is John Miller and he decided to write about a fun weekend my friend Ezra Levant has planned for Sun News hosts and supporters who want to pay to attend.

Former Toronto Star journalist Miller writes: “Makes you wonder when was the last time a group of ideological warriors went north to train in the backwoods and plot to storm Parliament, blow up the CBC, seize the airwaves and spread terror across the land. Oh yeah, the Toronto 18 did that.

“Didn’t police arrest the lot of them and call them the gravest threat to our democracy? I think a weekend with Ezra and friends could be something just like that.

“The only thing that sets them apart from the Muslim extremists is that Sun Media will be charging you admission.”

Now I have to admit I’d not heard of Miller before this and he posted this dross at the end of last year — the fact nobody seemed to know about the post until this week rather testifies to his lack of profile.

Mind you, his website is worth a read.

Other than proving the man is an appalling writer, it’s also so bursting with hubris I initially thought it was a parody.

He tells us, “my unique journalism experience makes me sought after as an expert witness in legal proceedings” and “I am also an award-winning writer.”

He calls himself the Journalism Doctor. Seriously, this is fun stuff.

But while comedy is good, some people and ideas are not. Miller has worked closely and often with the Canadian Islamic Congress, whose most famous leader and voice was Mohamed Elmasry.

He, of course, was the man who in 2004 explained on my former television show that every Israeli over the age of 18, be they Jewish, Muslim, Christian, male, female, gay, straight, black, white, pacifist, or warrior, was a valid target for death.

So Miller seems to have some strange allies, making his accusation that we at Sun News are terrorists a little strange to say the least.

Frankly, however, Miller really doesn’t matter.

What does is that this typifies the approach of the left, of the establishment, towards any media they find objectionable.

Rather than welcoming free speech and the open, intelligent exchange of ideas, they seek to control and silence, or simply abuse.

We’ve all seen it before and we’ll see it again.

Ezra’s event is called a Freedom Weekend, and the word freedom is there for a reason. Fight for your liberty because there are metaphorical terrorists out there who want to take it away from you.

QUIT HANDWRINGING AND HAND HIM OVER ALREADY..

ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER VIOLENT MUSLIM HIDES BEHIND THE LAWS OF CANADA TO ESCAPE JUSTICE FOR THEIR BARBARIC ACTIVITIES ABROAD…

Diab extradition decision put on hold for a month

Minister wants more time to consider ‘new material’ in case

By Chris Cobb, Ottawa CitizenFebruary 11, 2012

Justice Minister Rob Nicholson will wait another month before deciding  whether to extradite former University of Ottawa professor Hassan Diab.

Diab, wanted by France in connection with a 1980 bombing of a Paris  synagogue, was committed for extradition this past summer by an Ottawa  judge.

As in all extraditions involving Canadian citizens, the federal justice  minister will decide whether to surrender the Lebanese-born Diab.

Nicholson was to release his decision by the end of February, but Diab’s  lawyer Donald Bayne says the minister asked for another month because of “new  material and new assessment of the French case” against Diab.

The postponement is by mutual consent.

Diab was arrested at the request of France three years ago during a raid on  his apartment by a special RCMP anti-terrorist squad. He spent several months in  jail before being released on bail conditions that amount to house arrest.

Diab, claiming mistaken identity, has denied any involvement in the bombing  that killed three passersby and injured dozens of others.

The case against the academic hinges on controversial French handwriting  evidence that three internationally-recognized forensic handwriting analysts  unanimously condemned as deeply flawed.

Justice Robert Maranger said the low legal threshold of Canadian extradition  law left him no choice but to commit Diab on the basis of the handwriting  evidence, but in comments that surprised many, Maranger added that the French  case would likely be too weak to convict Diab if he was tried in Canada.

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THEY’D BE LAUDED AS PIOUS MUSLIMS IF THEY WERE SENT HOME..

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IF WE SENT THE SHAFIA’S BACK TO AFGHANISTAN TODAY, THEY WOULDN’T SERVE 1 MINUTE IN JAIL THERE. THEY WOULD BE WELCOMED HOME AS GOOD AND PIOUS MUSLIMS WHO CLEANSED THEIR FAMILY FROM THE SHAME OF THEIR UNISLAMIC WOMENFOLK..SO CANADA WILL PAY A FORTUNE KEEPING THESE SAVAGES LOCKED UP, HOUSED, FED, CLOTHED, AND REGULARLY SEEN BY DOCTORS FOR THE NEXT 25 YEARS…15 WITH GOOD BEHAVIOR…

Shafias to serve their sentences in Canada

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Paul Schliesmann, QMI Agency

First posted: Thursday, February 02, 2012 06:35 PM EST | Updated: Thursday, February 02, 2012 06:44 PM EST

Shafias
Mohammad Shafia, left, wife Tooba Mohammad Yahya and their son Hamed, rear, are pictured outside the Frontenac County Court house in Kingston, Ont., Jan. 26, 2011. (QMI Agency)

KINGSTON, ONT. – The three Afghan immigrants convicted in Kingston this week of murdering four family members will not be deported — at least not until their sentences are served.

“Criminal matters take precedence over immigration matters,” said Jacqueline Roby, spokeswoman for the Canada Border Services Agency. “People who commit acts of violence are not welcome in Canada. Our doors aren’t open to criminals, but in every case, we have to wait until the sentences are served.”

Mohammad Shafia, his wife, Tooba Mohammad Yahya, and their son, Hamed, were convicted of the first-degree murders of four family members — three of the couple’s young daughters and Mohammad’s other wife — marking the culmination of a sensational three-month trial.

They were immediately sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years. Mohammad, 58, will be 83 before he can apply for parole. His son, Hamed, will be be 46.

Roby described the non-deportation as a long-standing “principle” the current federal government upholds.

Hamed launched an appeal of his conviction this week from Quinte Detention Centre.

Prison officials confirmed yesterday that the Shafias are still in provincial custody and can remain there for 15 days while they clear up personal and legal matters. Once they are moved to federal facilities, Correctional Service Canada will not divulge their whereabouts.

While some law experts have suggested the Canadian government might seek to deport the Shafias, Queen’s University immigration law professor Sharry Aiken said it’s highly unlikely that will happen until they serve their time.

“Serious criminality is a grounds for removal,” Aiken told QMI Agency, “What often happens is people serve their sentences in Canada and immediately upon release are subject to removal.”

The CBSA website notes that removal orders can be invoked against “those who engage in criminality.”

In that case, the agency would send an application to the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada to review the files. Appeals are automatically denied to anyone who has “received a sentence of at least two years of criminality.”

Aiken said the Shafias were tried on evidence that doesn’t exist in their home country of Afghanistan, a nation recovering from years of war and invasion.

“The person may go free in their country,” she said, noting the time and money invested in convicting the three Shafias. “Is that what we want, as a society, that we’re going to dump criminals on a developing country that’s trying to recover?”

The inability to appeal a removal order also applies to anyone who has “misrepresented themselves” in immigration applications.

The Shafias and their seven children came to Canada in 2007, but a separate application had to be made for Mohammad’s first wife, Rona Amir Mohammad, one of the murder victims.

Rona Amir was described during her immigration process as someone who helped care for the children and kept up the household. In public, the family referred to her as Shafia’s cousin.

From the time of her arrival in Canada in November 2007, Rona Amir applied for and received three visitor’s visas through a Montreal immigration lawyer, each time under false pretences.

The immigration lawyer was never told her about the polygamous marriage between Mohammad, Tooba and Rona.

“I only learned about this afterward — after Mrs. Rona’s death,” Sabine Venturelli testified in November.

If federal officials had known of the true relationship, Venturelli told the court, “immigration would have withdrawn the residence status to all members of the family.”

GOOD GOD, JUST GET THEM OUT OF THERE ALREADY..

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SENDING WESTERN TROOPS TO THE MIDDLE EAST TO HELP FOSTER DEMOCRACY IS AS USEFUL AS TITS ON A BULL. WE ARE DOING NOTHING MORE THAN SENDING NEW INFIDELS FOR MUSLIMS TO SLAUGHTER.

Troop safety key in wake of Afghan attacks: MacKay

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By ,Parliamentary Bureau

First posted: Friday, February 03, 2012 07:48 PM EST | Updated: Friday, February 03, 2012 08:04 PM EST

 

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Canadian (left, in focus) and American (right, out of focus) military personnel stand at attention during the transfer of authority ceremony of the Ma’sum Ghar forward operating base (FOB) and the Panjwa’i district, in the Ma’sum Ghar FOB in the province of Kandahar, in Afghanistan, on July 5 2011. (PHILIPPE-OLIVIER CONTANT/QMI Agency)

NATO is moving to shore up troop security in Afghanistan after a series of deadly attacks by Afghan forces on its soldiers.

The attacks are “very insidious, very demoralizing and very tragic, to say the least,” Defence Minister Peter MacKay said Friday in an interview with QMI Agency.

MacKay was in Europe following the two-day NATO defence ministers meeting in Brussels.

“One of the takeaways from this meeting was a specific initiative where NATO is going to be tasking a group in Afghanistan to ensure a more robust vetting system,” he said.

“That is a filtration system that picks up either Taliban infiltration or the type of instability, aggressiveness, animosity that results in these incidents.”

France suspended training and support operation in Afghanistan in January after a rogue Afghan trainee killed four French soldiers.

American and Australian forces have also been killed in what the military calls “green-on-blue” attacks — where Afghan forces turn on their International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) trainers.

MacKay said General John Allen, in charge of Afghanistan ISAF troops, told the NATO meeting he was making troop security a priority in the wake of the deaths.

“He has people now in place looking for more protections for our trainers and putting a system in place that is going to close the loop on who finds their way into these training bases and putting greater protections there for the trainers themselves,” MacKay said.

Ottawa has committed some 950 Canadian Forces personnel to a training mission in Afghanistan centred in Kabul after ending its combat mission in 2011.

–with files from Reuters

SHARIA LAW INFUSED-DEMOCRACY?

WHAT DOES THAT EVEN MEAN? CANADA NEEDS TO STOP KIDDING ITSELF. WE NEVER SHOULD HAVE TOUCHED LIBYA OR ANY OF THE OTHER ISLAMIC CRAPHOLES OF THE MIDDLE EAST. IF ANYTHING, WE SHOULD LEAVE THEIR 7TH CENTURY MENTALITY TO LANGUISH IN THE DESERTS…

Den Tandt: Canada should tread cautiously in murky waters of Arab  world

By Michael Den Tandt, Postmedia  NewsNovember 27, 2011

You’d think, at this combustible stage of the so-called democratic  transformation of the Arab world, that Canadian policy-makers would be less  prone to wishful thinking, and triumphalism.

What part of this country’s recent experience of democracy-building in a  religiously ultraconservative nation with no tradition of pluralism, does our  political establishment not grasp?

At the risk of sounding cynical, what evidence is there to suggest that  Egypt, Libya and Syria will turn out differently and better than Afghanistan?  And why should anyone believe that populist democracy across the Arab world will  not simply give free rein to the anti-Israel, anti-American and anti-Western  sentiment that has been bubbling away at a slow boil since the 2003 U.S.  invasion of Iraq, and before?

It was U.S. president George W. Bush who boldly trumpeted the notion that, if  a single democracy should bloom in the Arab world, the entire region would soon  follow. Bush most clearly articulated this idea in a speech to the World  Economic Forum at Sharm el Sheikh, in Egypt, in May of 2008. The then-president  unabashedly tut-tutted his Egyptian and other Arab hosts for their failings,  then asserted that democracy was inevitable and they should get aboard.

“Democracy does not threaten Islam or any religion, Bush proclaimed. “Democracy is the only system of government that guarantees their  protection.”

Then-Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, who was in the audience that day, must  have thought Bush had gone mad. Mubarak had made a science for three decades of  repressing both Arab populism and Islamist nationalism, in the service of an  international order founded on detente with Israel and secure U.S. access to  Middle Eastern crude.

Egypt’s elections were to begin Monday. But the mass protests in Tahrir  Square could lead anywhere now. The Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice  party is on the ascendant. An Islamist autocracy of some sort is certainly  possible. Indeed, the brutal repression of Egyptian Coptic Christians since last  spring suggests such a regime is already taking shape.

The truth is that Western policymakers don’t have a clue where these  revolutions are headed, and won’t for years still to come.

Anthony Cordesman, a scholar at the Washington-based Center for Strategic and  International Studies — and who famously predicted in early 2003 that Iraq would  be a quagmire — says it is simply too early to make informed predictions about  the direction or outcome of the Arab Spring.

He notes that those in charge two years into a revolution are hardly ever the  ones who launch it.

He further points out that the Middle Eastern and North African region has  deep-seated economic and demographic problems that can’t be solved by revolution — the most important of which is a skyrocketing youth unemployment rate. “You  don’t have experienced political parties or people who have any experience with  sharing power or giving it up,” he adds. “You’ve buried as in Iraq and  Afghanistan, long-standing sectarian differences. You can’t change whole sectors  of the economy, or the education system, in a way that meets expectations.”

This is not to say Canada should adopt isolation. But caution seems sensible.  The Harper government has already committed $10 million to Libyan mine-clearing  and an additional $10.6-million in humanitarian assistance. Additionally,  according to Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird’s office, the government is “actively exploring further options aimed at helping the Libyan people rebuild  their country.” The Opposition NDP suggests that development experience hard-won  in Afghanistan should be redeployed in Libya now. The Liberals are equally  enthusiastic about getting more deeply involved.

But perhaps, rather than leap to the aid of the Libyan people as they set  about building a Sharia law-infused democracy, Canada should bide its time. And  arguably, the government from here on should impose strict, transparent and  uncompromising conditions on any aid given.

If women and girls are not treated as equal citizens, and if religious  freedoms for Christians, Buddhists, Hindus, atheists and others are not  protected, then what business does Ottawa have spending Canadians’ tax dollars  in Libya?

NATO’s Libyan air campaign was a success. The lunatic dictator Gadhafi is  gone. That’s wonderful. Libya is free. Tunisia is free. Egypt is working on it.  And Syria looks to be heading inexorably down the same revolutionary path. But  it is foolish to assume that any of this is in the West or Canada’s immediate  national interest. Or that the near-term outlook is something anyone can  predict, influence or control.

Until the outlook is less murky, the watchword on the Arab Spring should be  caveat emptor: Buyer beware.

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