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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Murder in Canada: "Experts" Wrong, Again

As I write this, we have not yet heard all the details of the assault on Parliament in Ottawa and the murder of two Canadian soldiers, one by an automobile hit-and-run in Quebec Province and the other in front of the War Memorial in Ottawa. As is usual, one should always take with a grain or two or three or four of salt initial press reports. They almost always have a high inaccuracy quotient brought about by a combination of factors such as, the natural confusion surrounding violent events; media outlets desire to scoop each other which leads to reporting gossip, rumor, and hyperbole as facts; and, of course, the demands of political correctness which force journalists and officials to censor certain and often obvious facts.

What do we know as of this moment?

Islam. That is what we know.

Recent converts to Islam carried out both brutal murders.

As this humble blog has noted re the horrid Lee Rigby beheading in England (here and here), the Kenya Westgate mall massacre (here and here), the Boston Marathon bombings (here and here) the shootings at Ft. Hood, the DC Beltway Sniper (What was his name? Oh, yes, John Allen Mohammed), the Oklahoma beheading and so many more incidents in the US and elsewhere, media, "experts," and officials prove so reluctant to place the blame where it belongs that it is almost comical, well, comical in a horrible sort of perverse manner.

We have the inevitable statements about there not existing a "link" between the particular incident under discussion and international--code for Muslim--terrorists. We have the desperate search for a culprit who is not Muslim: e.g., in the Ottawa shooting we had initial press reports of a Native American gunman. The press gleefully jumps on the fact that many of these crimes were by people born in the countries where they carried out their crimes: e.g., lots of coverage of the Ottawa shooter being Canadian-born.

When some gutsy Western country, such as Australia, pre-empts the killers and breaks up their plot--one strikingly similar to what happened in Canada--well, the "experts" immediately "raise questions" about the ability of ISIS, or Al Qaeda, or some other group to carry out such long-range activities.

Increasingly I am coming to the conclusion that "expert" is just another word for "naive fool."

In addition, we see what I previously called the "rush to exonerate."  Writing about the disappearance of a Malaysian B-777, I noted that,
It would seem that at a minimum police and media would want to shut up about whether this aircraft disappeared because of terrorism. I also wish media and others would stop citing Interpol as some sort of great investigative agency. It is just a collector of data sent on a voluntary basis by police and intel organizations around the world. It is hardly a complete data base. I love the phrase, "there's no evidence to suggest either [passenger] was connected to any terrorist organization."<...> Would terrorists generally use people "known" to be connected to terrorism to board aircraft? The murderous Clown Posse that flew the planes into the Pentagon, the Twin Towers, and the Pennsylvania countryside had no "known" connection to terror groups, or they would not have gotten their visas in the first place.
Whether these killers were born in England, Canada, Australia, Russia, the USA, or elsewhere, they all had one thing in common. Guess. Can you? Try. Yes, they were all "radicalized" to use the oh-so delicate PC phrase in vogue among the progressive bien pensant. In other words these thugs were Muslim, many of them social losers and recent converts to that totalitarian creed.

There is no need for an ISIS indoctrination, logistics line, training, or other support. The Quran and the local mosque provide all that is needed.

37 comments:

  1. Hi Dip,
    down her we have a bettre definition for expert:
    EX = has been
    SPERT = Spurt, a drip under pressure
    Cheers

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  2. The new Bagdad Bob...(dick)..is Obama.
    leaperman

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  3. The Spanish in the 15th century had the answer. Convert, leave or die!

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  4. "As this humble blog has noted ... etc."

    It's just possible Diplomad you left another instance out.

    Recall my commenting, If I had a son he'd look like Aaron Alexis"?

    Admittedly this one's fallen off the radar (and really quick ... for some reason) but, I might just as well commented, If I had a son he'd look like Mohammed Salem.

    And why might I suspect so? Well for one thing the fellows at CAIR were/will be (if they catch my comment here on this humble blog) hollering Islamaphobe!

    http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/aaron-alexis-webpage

    Arkie

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  5. I'm glad you brought up what I call the rise of "Expertism". A tool of the left for many years. I believe they got their start as a propaganda tool of the left back in the 60's in the health and auto safety areas, think labeling of foods, drugs, and auto recalls. Realizing the technique as effective for gathering power they expanded it to everything.
    James the Lesser

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    1. I don't think that's right. As I see it, the cult of the expert emerged during WWII as a result of the impressive achievements of the scientific and engineering fraternities to contribute to the victory. After the war the statists (both left and right wing varieties) used these wartime achievements to promote the idea that they could run countries effectively if only they had enough experts working for the government.

      However I don't think we should confuse the government experts with the "experts" the media picks as talking heads; They have very low standards when it comes to identifying expertise. It makes little difference to the broadcast media if their experts know what they're talking about and have a genuine desire for the truth or not; they just need someone to say something (anything!) to fill the airwaves.

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    2. I'll go with the start around WWII and the left and right statement. But I still think it was the left that realized the potential for power grabbing in various institutions. I also believe that now the government expert and the media expert are interchangeable, just like lobbyists. "Expertism", jeez now I'm sounding like something out of China circa the 60's and 70's.
      James the Lesser

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    3. @AKM,

      I think it got airborne with the spread of Newtonian physics. "If we can build these magnificent engines, surely we can clean up irrational, backward, superstitious human societies.

      Pol Pot in France wanted to create a perfect democracy back home, e.g.

      Ace

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  6. "There is no need for an ISIS indoctrination, logistics line, training, or other support. The Quran and the local mosque provide all that is needed."

    Back in the 90s the powers that be in the US (the Clinton administration) asserted we had vast numbers of "right-wing militias" conspiring on the internet, replete with lists of behaviors/backgrounds to profile them. The progressives still come up with lists to profile them, even including former soldiers as "potential" right-wing extremists. The internet connections among these Islamic terrorists, like the almost 20 emails between a known Islamic terrorist and Nidal Hasan raised no eyebrows... A gun-owner's kid draws a picture of a gun and the feds will be launching a SWAT raid.

    Even more alarming is the FBI's threat assessment: http://freebeacon.com/national-security/fbi-national-domestic-threat-assessment-omits-islamist-terrorism/

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  7. This is a different kind of war, where the foot soldiers are manufactured in our midst and turned loose with the most basic of weapons and no desire to themselves survive. The whole scenario reminds me of the first 'Alien' movie where the parasite bursts from the chest of the unsuspecting John Hurt, who has been returned to safety of the ship with the best of intentions, and then lays waste to the hapless do gooders.

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    1. A powerful image. I must steal that.

      Ace

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  8. There is another frequent commonality: they were proselytized in prison.

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  9. I think I know why the press and politicians play this silly game of “there is no Islam in terrorism”. For the left of the political spectrum it is about political correctness, along the lines of playing nice so they won’t kill us strategy. For the right side, it is fear of inspiring an American version of Kristallnacht.

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    1. http://maverickphilosopher.typepad.com/maverick_philosopher/2014/10/why-the-left-will-not-admit-the-threat-of-radical-islam.html

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  10. The Spanish in the 15th century had the answer. Convert, leave or die!

    BoE that is not much different to Sharia - Convert, submit or die. Not a philosophy for a western democracy.

    In relation to the Canadian Parliament incident it would seem the Sergeant at Arms is not just a ceremonial position. Well done that man.

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    1. mostly to jews. hidden jews..
      Not really a good analogy, but I see what you meant...did you mean that?
      The Spanish inquisition was ?.....
      Elucidate.
      leaperman

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    2. OK, I'll update it for the Christan West. Reform or be expelled. By reform, I mean the discarding of the parts of the Islamic creed that are not compatable with Western society. Just small parts - like killing jews and infidels.

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    3. Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!
      Amongst our weaponry are such diverse elements as; fear, surprise, ruthless efficiency and.....................it's no good, I'll have to come in again.

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    4. Not wising to be provocative at all or anything; but isn't that precisely what the Islamic extremists are doing.

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  11. " Increasingly I am coming to the conclusion that "expert" is just another word for "naive fool.""

    If I may be so impertinent, perhaps: "arrogant naive fool"

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  12. I still don't know what happened to TWA Flight 800. I wonder if we will ever find out.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TWA_Flight_800_conspiracy_theories

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    1. Significant sentence from that link:
      "Much of the report dealt with Donaldson's assertions of a conspired cover-up by the FBI and NTSB, in co-operation with the Justice Department.[40] Donaldson believed that the Clinton Administration wanted to hide the actual cause of the crash for political reasons, specifically the upcoming presidential elections"

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    2. There was something sinister about the FBI's taking over from NTSB, which had all the needed expertise. The vicious prosecution of the couple who had a piece of evidence from the plane.

      Another jurisdictional oddity was the FBI's LEAVING the Vince Foster investigation in the hands of the Park Service. It was only a dead WH lawyer after all. Why get excited.

      Ace

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    3. ... from the plane was also odd.

      Ace

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  13. Expert is a compound word. X is an unknown quantity, Spurt is a drip under pressure.

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    1. Enter the ""Social...under the "Worker" to git it RIGHT:)""
      leaperman

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  14. Lew- Its Nat, could you contact me at my 718 612 4177. Best-Nat

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  15. recent convert?
    Michael Zehaf-Bibea (the recent murderer in Ottawa of the unarmed soldier) was a Libyan/Canadian citizen whose Libyan father returned in 2011 to Libya to fight. The father is moslem so I would assume the son to be as well. Seven years ago Michael became active at mosques. How does that make him a recent convert?

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    1. Just going by the press. If you're right that's even worse.

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    2. It gets worse.

      Zehaf-Bibeau's mother is the deputy chairwoman of the immigration division of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, according to her official profile. She's been with that agency since 1990, having worked as a refugee protection officer, legal adviser and manager of operational support, among other roles.

      http://www.irb-cisr.gc.ca/Eng/BoaCom/bio/Pages/BioIdSi.aspx

      Arkie

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  16. From the blog of Charles Crawford:
    "Imagine what would happen if after such murders all service personnel were ordered to wear their uniforms in public as a mark of pride and respect for their fallen comrades. Yes, it would be ‘risky’. Some might even die in further Islamist murder outrages. As might civilians.

    But if soldiers are not ready to take that risk, they should not be soldiers. And civilians unwilling to champion their armed forces and to take on any risks from doing so do not deserve those soldiers’ protection.

    The first and last place to stand tall for one’s national values of freedom and civilisation is right out there in public, on one’s own streets."
    James the Lesser

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  17. One gutsy Canadian.

    "Hearing gunshots, Vickers grabbed his side arm, a semi-automatic pistol, and immediately ran out. His security team, who had been chasing Bibeau, yelled to Vickers that the suspect was hiding in the alcove.

    "Vickers immediately ran behind the other side of the pillar. That put him an arm's-length away from Bibeau.

    "According to guards, Vickers actually could see the barrel of Bibeau's gun pointing out, a foot away.

    "Vickers did not hesitate.

    "In one motion, sources told CBC News he dove to the floor around the pillar, at the feet of Bibeau, turning on his back as he landed and simultaneously firing his weapon upwards at Bibeau.

    "Bibeau was hit multiple times and fell to the ground. Vickers kept firing, emptying his entire magazine."

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/ottawa-shooting-the-face-to-face-encounter-that-ended-the-attack-on-parliament-1.2812802

    Ark

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    1. "Vickers kept firing, emptying his entire magazine." No reason to stop, at least until you're empty. I hope he felt every one.
      O/T Arkie: Today is St. Crispin's day.
      James the Lesser

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  18. My suspicion would be James, since Mr. Vickers was firing from the floor, in the general direction of "up" - and the target was standing directly over the prone Mr. Vickers ...

    At any rate - there're 72 virgins extremely disappointed.

    (I wonder if, in the Islamic version of Paradise, dildoes are to be had?)
    __________

    And as it happens James, I've a lady person who has, since '79, sent me a snail mail card on today's date. Handmade as the day isn't much noticed where she's from.

    But thank you Sir, returns.

    Ark

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    1. Honestly, I suspect Washington, Jefferson, and the other 70 Virginians all had a rollicking good time beating him into an ectoplasmic pulp.

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    2. Actually that's a good joke Albert. An old friend in NC sent me the one about 'it's actually 72 Virginians waiting for you in heaven' and I howled with laughter. Half of Pickett's Division are lying in wait!

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