UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO PROFESSOR: DON'T CALL THEM "TERRORISTS"!
Are terrorists only "terrorists" if they succeed in carrying out their objectives?
From Kate Jaimet of the Ottawa Citizen:
"The 17 men accused of plotting to bomb sites in Ontario shouldn't be seen as Muslim terrorists, but as idiotic thugs, if the allegations against them are true, says a University of Toronto psychology professor.
"To call them Muslim terrorists in my estimation is a mistake. They're misguided totalitarian cowards and they're out for revenge," said Jordan Peterson, who studies the psychology of terrorism. "It's dumb and cowardly and they're in the same league, in my estimation, as bone-headed skinheads in Eastern Germany."
Mr. Peterson, an associate professor in U of T's Psychology department, said that calling such people terrorists only romanticizes them and gives them the notoriety they are seeking -- potentially leading others to join their cause.
"People like to think that those who are plotting against us are smart, because no one likes to think our society can be attacked by idiots," he said. "(But) they are low-ranked idiots. ... Their lack of intelligence, forethought and courage should be at the forefront."
The 12 men and five youths arrested in last Friday's sweep were allegedly led by 43-year-old Qayyum Abdul Jamal. A volunteer at the al-Rahman Islamic Centre in Toronto, Mr. Jamal had been heard to rail against Canada's involvement in Afghanistan and accuse Canadian soldiers of raping Muslim women, according to Toronto Liberal MP Wajjid Khan."
But, if we shouldn't call them "Terrorists", what should we call 'em?
I thought of calling Fahim Ahmad, Zakaria Amara, Asad Ansari, Shareef Abdelhaleen, Qayyum Abdul Jamal, Mohammed Dirie, Yasim Abdi Mohamed, Jahmaal James, Amin Mohamed Durrani, Steven Vikash Chand (alias Abdul Shakur), Ahmad Mustafa Ghany, Saad Khalid, and the ones that can't be identified under the aegis of the Young Offender's Act, as well as any of their loosely-affiliated Islamofascist wannabes who haven't been caught yet, "Inept Terrorist Failures", but that doesn't really roll off the tongue.
Instead, I propose we call them "Terrorimbeciles"... oh, pardom me, "alleged Terrorimbeciles", and I hope that all other terrorist wannabes in this country are as likely to fuck up and get themselves caught the way that the alleged Toronto Terrorimbeciles did.
By the way, if they had succeeded in their supposed plans to attack CBC headquarters in Toronto, would the Canadian general public give a flying fuck? At least if it happened after the Stanley Cup playoffs are over?
"Oh no! No more Dead Dog Café on CBC Radio One? No more Dead Dog Café on CBC Radio One! I HAVE NO MORE REASON TO LIVE! Where's my kayak? WHERE'S MY KAYAK?!"