Tuesday, June 06, 2006

The Last Laugh

Did he really want to behead the Canadian Prime Minister?

Here's the newest defense, following on the heels of Moussaui's claim that he had an unhappy childhood. The Circus Defense, the essence of which is to turn the courtroom into a Three-Ring arena. The Times Online reports on the Canadians suspected of plotting a terror attack in Ontario.

One of the 17 suspects charged with planning a series of bomb attacks in Canada was accused yesterday of a plot to behead the country’s Prime Minister, Stephen Harper. The dramatic claim against Steven Vikash Chand, 25, a restaurant worker in Toronto, was made as the suspects made a brief court appearance. The attack on Mr Harper was reportedly to happen when Islamic extremists were to storm the Canadian Parliament and hold politicians hostage. Mr Chand’s lawyer, Gary Batasar, said: “There’s an allegation apparently that my client personally indicated that he wanted to behead the Prime Minister of Canada. My client has said nothing about that.”

The Mounties have already alleged that the parliament building in Ottawa was among the targets to be bombed. That sounds like such an incredible goal for a mere restaurant worker that maybe Mr. Batasar thought it would help his client to push things into the realm of absurdity. 'And not only that, your honor, he was fixing to decapitate our Head of State' (not strictly true as that is actually Queen Elizabeth), which is ridiculous, almost like trying to topple two one-hundred story skyscrapers with boxcutters or sink a superdestroyer with a rubber boat. Ha-ha-ha-ha.

Ridiculous as compared to the available means, but not perhaps with respect to the available intent. What's really at issue, in both the case of the Canadian terror suspects and the Iranian President is whether there is malevolent  intent. The public disbelieves the idea that a mere Third World country would threaten the West with destruction. What about letting Ahmadinejad get the bomb and the West can find out? A restaurant worker of no given beliefs threatens to decapitate Stephen Harper? Impossible. How about we give him a knife and leave him in a room with Stephen Harper and find out? Why not? We're willing to give Ahmadinejad the benefit of the doubt.


Blogger Doug said...

Maybe we have no worries since we are Invincible?
Like liberated women:
"I am Woman, I am strong,
...I am invincible..."
Except in matters of choice, in which Bushitler wins again.
(Matches Islamic Hitler)
Fetal Bush Bash

More Reaction to Woman Who SaysBush Forced Her to Have Abortion

6/06/2006 05:21:00 PM  
Blogger Habu_1 said...

Was Wusthof cutlery the choice of this misguided ute? Was he going to use the OJ method? Is there a German-Hollywood connection?
Was it to be videotaped? Was the ute from a dysfunctional family?
It wasn't his fault. Dysfunctional families sword wielding is de regeur among the smart set of IslamoNazi cum really bad people.

6/06/2006 05:23:00 PM  
Blogger whit said...

For what it's worth, television video of this cell's "people" reveal hard-core Muslims. The men all bearded and their women in burqas. I'm not buying the protestations of their imams that these are "simply good muslim boys being targeted for being muslim."

Call me a bigot but these are my impressions.

6/06/2006 06:07:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

The will to survive is Bigotry.
Brave New World
...but not a bigoted one amongst us.

6/06/2006 06:11:00 PM  
Blogger whit said...

This will turn into a three ring circus that I doubt the Canadian Court System will be equipped to handle.

Today the defendants asked that be allowed to pray together. Thankfully, the judge denied their request. How long before they become a "cause celeb" throughout the jihadi world?

6/06/2006 06:17:00 PM  
Blogger wretchard said...

A lot of left wing bloggers are already skeptical. The underlying reason for their skepticism is the fact that we feel safe. The sun is shining outside, the kids are shouting in the playground and you have doctor's appointment a little later. Safe.

The urge to self-preservation is triggered by our senses. It really won't be until people are sobbing in their basements, in mortal terror at what might happen next, hurt and unheard, hungry and in despair that all the long programming of human evolution kicks in.

But by then it's usually too late to fix things cleanly. We are impelled in that shameful and dread hour to do things so horrible that we conceal it from the following generations. Hush, little baby do not cry. And it begins all over again.

6/06/2006 06:27:00 PM  
Blogger RWE said...

Two of those charged in the new Guy Fawkes plot were already in jail, caught trying to smuggle guns into Canada.

And Wretchard: I have been struck by the fact that so many people in New York commented on the WTC attacks by starting off with "It was such a nice day. Just beautiful." As if it was some kind of special insult fo an attack to occur under those conditions.

Here in Florida on 9/11/01 we were being hit by a tropical storm; it lasted all week. Was not hard to imagine terrible things under those conditions.

6/06/2006 06:43:00 PM  
Blogger Aristides said...

This could make some waves if it catches a big enough audience: Young Americans Media.

Warning: it contains some graphic language, images, and, as Michael Savage might say, psychological nudity.

6/06/2006 06:57:00 PM  
Blogger wretchard said...

Dollard is the subject of the earlier post "How's That?"

6/06/2006 07:11:00 PM  
Blogger Tony said...


It's time for 3-D Chess if you are going to make this many posts.

How can we see across threads?

It's how we would speak in a real Belmont Club.

6/06/2006 07:18:00 PM  
Blogger Tony said...

Is it a sin to cross-post, multiple submissions-style, like Doug used to?

It is sort of on point in response to "... I am invincible...."


Trish, ma'am,

While we have obviously been less than perfect in OIF, what was our alternative course?

The 9/11 Commission Report tells the tale of our position against one specific enemy during the "peaceful" 90's. At the same time, we were bombing Iraq regularly, using frontline resources as if cost were no object. We spent our entire store of Cruise missiles on result-less attacks on Sudan, Afghanistan, Serbia.

I think if we are going to criticize the recent history of this war, we have to recognize some context, like what led to this, and where we are now.

NorKor and Iran were conducting secret nuke programs for decades, they are out in the open now. AQ Khan was proliferating WMD's for decades, we shut him down. Libya (or somebody) gave up a full bio/chem/nuke wmd program immediately after the fall of Saddam.

Yes, times are difficult now, but what should we be doing instead?

V/r, T.

7:15 PM

6/06/2006 07:27:00 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

Whats with the beheading... yeesh. Mix it up.

6/06/2006 07:40:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

Doug is locked in mortal combat with his crossposting inner demons.
Pray for the outing of said demons.
Bilbray's got 9 other Republicans Running, but so far, so good!

6/06/2006 08:41:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

Marines in Iraq: The warriors' way
They maintain a monastic devotion to making right choices and sparing innocents amid the chaos of Iraq

6/06/2006 08:50:00 PM  

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