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Among the Believes: Cracking Toronto’s Terror Cell

09-Sep-07 01:40 am EDT Leave a comment Go to comments

Mubin Shaikh, police informant, resisted attempts to indoctrinate and coerce him into committing acts of terrorism in his home country by realizing it was contrary to God’s will.

Terrorism in Canada.  The very notion sounds almost unbelievable in such a tolerant, multicultural society – perhaps the most tolerant society in the world.  Yet it almost happened on a scale to rival the events of the "9/11 attacks" in the United States six years ago.  The CBC has produced a documentary outlining what was behind the attack, and who, which aired on it’s "Fifth Estate" investigative news programme this past week.  And what comes out of it is yet another unsung Canadian hero: Mubin Shaikh.

At one point in the documentary, Shaikh reaches a realization that he explains a number of Muslims (albeit perhaps a tiny minority) fail to during the recruitment process by terrorist organizations.  That the God he believes in (which, as outlined here earlier is the same as the Judeo-Christian God, i.e. the God of Abraham) not only doesn’t condone the killing of innocent people – that "to save a single human being is the same as saving all of human kind".  What a wonderful idea!  And it’s a reminder that whether you worship God as a Muslim or as a Christian, ours is a God of peace.

Although Shaikh goes into some detail about how seductive the recruitment process in this case was, it nonetheless remains a bit mysterious to me how this fundamental truth about Islam and Christianity could be corrupted to the point of mass murder.  And it’s not due to any failing on his ability to describe that process.  I just don’t get it – even if I try really hard to put myself in the shoes of a Muslim youth, seeing all the terrible things going on in the middle-east and elsewhere in the world, perpetrated by the United States government.

But we all, as Canadians, owe this fellow and another whose name as yet remains unknown, a great deal of thanks!  Hopefully, someone nominates him to be a Companion of the Order of Canada or something in the weeks and months ahead for his service.

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