04 June 2006

Connecting the dots

I have been looking at the CNN article Toronto terror plot foiled -- Canada, and something bothered me for a while.

TORONTO, Ontario (CNN) -- Canadian police said on Saturday they had halted a "real and serious" terror threat in and around Toronto. Twelve men and five youths said to have been inspired by al Qaeda were arrested in the operation involving hundreds of officers, authorities said. The group was "planning to commit a series of terrorist attacks against solely Canadian targets in southern Ontario," Royal Canadian Mounted Police Assistant Commissioner Mike McDonell said at a news conference.

It was difficult to put a finger on the source of that vague discomfort.

  • Was it the mention of Canada in conjunction with Toronto in the headline? Hardly, after all geography is not the strongest point of an average US citizen, so the editor, probably, just decided to make sure.
  • Was it the fact that, aside of participating in policing Afghanistan, Canada is a very PC country and steadfastly refused to join US in Iraq? After all, why bomb them? But, after some thought, I have discarded this one too.
  • Was it the picture of that suspect's curly hair, pointing out his "Middle Eastern appearance"? Nah...

And then I got it. It is very simple, one has only to connect the dots. It is Ontario!

CUPE in Ontario votes to boycott Israel.

The Ontario division of Canada's largest union has voted to support an international campaign that is boycotting Israel over its treatment of Palestinians. Delegates to the Canadian Union of Public Employees Ontario convention in Ottawa voted overwhelmingly Saturday to support the campaign until it sees Israel recognizing the Palestinians' right to self-determination. The Ontario group represents more than 200,000 workers.

Besides the utter stupidity of the reason for that boycott (after all, Israel has recognized the Palestinians' right to self-determination quite a few years ago), the question that intrigues me now is: what is the cross-section between the 200,000 workers and these "Twelve men and five youths" from the previous news item?

Cross-posted on Yourish.com