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Islamophobia? What about knife-o-phobia?

by Candice Malcom

Toronto Sun
March 16, 2016

Ayanle Hassan Ali is facing nine charges after he allegedly walked into a Canadian Armed Forces recruitment office wielding a large knife, and went on a stabbing rampage.

According to Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders, the accused stabbed two members of the Canadian military, and narrowly missed a third, saying: “Allah told me to do this, Allah told me to come here and kill people.”

That’s probably why CSIS has joined the RCMP and local police in investigating this incident.

It will be up to the courts to determine if Ali, 27, is guilty of the crimes he has been charged with committing.

Saunders said it’s too early to know if the accused was connected to or inspired by a radical Islamic terrorist group, or was acting on his own, or whether mental health issues were involved.

His lawyer, David Burke, said Ali, who has no prior criminal record, is “very scared and very, very upset to be in the position he finds himself in.”

Saunders said: “I want to be very, very careful, when it comes to the national security piece, that we don’t go through that Islamophobia nonsense.”

Excuse me, but the police chief is worried about “Islamophobia”?

How about “knife-o-phobia”?

From what we know of this incident, conveyed by the police chief, a man allegedly walked into a military recruitment centre in Toronto, went on a stabbing spree against uniformed personnel, invoking the name of Allah.

Don’t Islamist suicide bombers often invoke the name of Allah when they blow themselves up?

This comes a year-and-a-half after two members of our armed forces were gunned down and run over in separate, fatal attacks by radicalized Muslims.

It comes just months after Daesh, the Islamic State, carried out a deadly massacre of civilians in Paris.

And yet Toronto’s police chief is lecturing people about Islamophobia?

In fact, there are legitimate reasons to be concerned about radical Islamists, religious fascists who have declared war on us.

Unlike traditional warfare, they live among us.

Islamic terrorist agents are small in number, but they do exist and occasionally try to kill us.

The latest CSIS report revealed 180 Canadians are involved with radical Islamic terrorist groups abroad, while another 60 have returned to Canada.

Sure, Toronto’s police chief was trying to show tolerance, but his warning rings hollow.

Canadians are not stupid. We know there are over one million Muslims in Canada, and only a small number subscribe to the poisonous ideology held by Islamist terrorists.

We can do the math. We know most Muslims are not terrorists. But we can also connect the dots.

When our civic leaders use a word like “Islamophobia,” it appears their motive is to stifle discussion and debate about the problem of radical Islamism.

Indeed, this Orwell-inspired term is used by radical Islamists to protect themselves from criticism, and perpetuated by misguided academics and political elites.

But someone critiquing India’s historic caste system is not “Hinduphobic.”

Someone critical of the power structure in the Catholic Church that covered up the sexual abuse of children is not a “Christophobe.”

It’s common sense to look at the pattern of young men calling out the name of Allah while engaging in unprovoked attacks, and ask: What is it about Islamic teachings that feeds this hatred?

If you can’t handle that question, perhaps you suffer from “common-sense-o-phobia.”

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