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Canadian Fifth Column By: Stephen Brown
FrontPageMagazine.com | Tuesday, August 20, 2002

They're at it again.

The anti-American left in Canada was up in arms recently, exercising its perpetual self-righteous indignation against the United States.

The issue that prompted this latest despise-America outburst concerns Mohammed Mansour Jabarah, an Al Qaeda terrorist now in American custody.

Canadian civil liberty groups and the leftist Toronto Star, Canada's largest daily, are very agitated that the potential murderer's "rights" may have been violated when he voluntarily delivered himself into American hands from Canadian soil. As a result, they are demanding his release and return to Canada.

Jabarah is a 20-year-old Kuwaiti-born Canadian citizen from St. Catherines, Ontario, who was implicated in an Al Qaeda terrorist plot to blow up Western embassies in Singapore. Known by the code name "Sammy", the Arab-Canadian was sent by Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, one of the suspected planners of the 9/11 tragedy, to Southeast Asia to scout out targets for the terrorist organization in Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines.

The young Muslim, who attended a Catholic high school in St. Catherines, became involved with Al Qaeda after going to Pakistan three years ago to pursue Islamic studies. Traveling on a Canadian passport, Jabarah arrived in Southeast Asia last September. After his scouting mission, during which he ruled out an attack on the U.S. Embassy in Manila, he became the ringleader of a plot to blow up the American, Israeli, British and Australian embassies in Singapore — according to Heng-Chen Lee, Singapore's ambassador to the United States.

The capture of notes and a tape in an Al Qaeda leader's house in Afghanistan alerted western authorities to the plot, described as the terrorist organization's most significant operation since 9/11. But before Al Qaeda could blow up its targets with the loss of hundreds of innocent lives, about a dozen of the plotters were arrested in Singapore, preventing the coming evil.

Jabarah, however, managed to escape the dragnet and made his way to the Gulf state of Oman where authorities apprehended him. The Canadian citizen then returned voluntarily to Canada where the Canadian Security Intelligence Services (CSIS - Canada's CIA) took charge of him. When in CSIS's hands, Jabarah agreed last May, again voluntarily, to cross the border at Niagara Falls into the United States after signing a form waiving his legal rights.

CSIS is also now looking for Jabarah's brother.

Held incommunicado in a Brooklyn military facility, Jabarah has been co-operating with American authorities concerning Al Qaeda operations and has access to a lawyer, his family and Canadian consular officials.

Now, you may ask, what is there to get worked up about? After all, a terrorist plot was foiled, hundreds of innocent lives were saved and the perpetrators are behind bars. Future massacres are, at this very moment, being prevented. So what's the problem?

The problem, the Canadian anti-American crowd is shouting, is that no legal counsel was present when Jabarah signed his waiver form. That, the Canadian leftists argue, constitutes a violation of Jabarah's "rights" and makes his detention illegal. And the fact the Al Qaeda operative has yet to be charged adds to the Canadian left's demand that he be released.

In truth, the Canadian left couldn't care less about Jabarah's legal situation. It's not the violation of this terrorist's rights that angers these professional America-bashers, but rather his presence in the hands of their enemy: the United States. They hate America — always have — and are willing to do anything to undermine her. Moreover, they can't bear seeing America score any victories.

As a result, Canadian leftists are hypocritically using the Jabarah case as a weapon to attack their neighbor, portraying the terrorist as a Canadian citizen unjustly held by a cruel foreign power, rather than as the murderous slime that he is.

This is nothing new of course. It is simply the continuation of the left's most effective anti-American tactic since the Vietnam War: feigning concern for certain people for the sake of waging hysterical war on America. This malicious stratagem of cloaking hatred with humanitarianism resulted in the liquidation of millions of lives in Indochina after the communist takeovers there in 1975 — when the real killing started.

Tragically, Canadian leftists are repeating history in the Jabarah case. Like in the Vietnam era, they are using the same phony compassion tactic to score anti-American points, not caring whether America's detaining an Islamic extremist with valuable information on Al Qaeda operations can save lives.

In the barbaric worldview of the left, hating and attacking America always takes precedence over human life. And because of this reality, America must detain its Canadian terrorist for as long as it deems necessary.

Stephen Brown is a contributing editor at Frontpagemag.com. He has a graduate degree in Russian and Eastern European history. Email him at alsolzh@hotmail.com.

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