In the most recent issue of Blue Line, a trade magazine for and about law enforcement, there’s a somewhat fascinating back-page column penned by Anil Anand, an inspector with the Toronto Police Service.
The column, “A salute to our comrades in France” was inspired by the Paris terror attacks.
The author’s right that those attacks were a vulgar assault against a society that cherishes freedom and civilization but I found it disturbing that in that column, I saw a concerted effort to avoid identifying radical Islam.
The inspector wrote of “men of faith” who carry out heinous attacks on innocent people, careful not to single out the particular faith most associated with those who carry out such attacks.
Are we talking Budhists? Rastafarians? Scientologists? You’d never know if this column was your only source of information on the Paris attacks.
Are these men of faith part of the same club associated with jihad, fatwas, Sharia law and the suppression of women? If so, why does Inspector Anand avoid naming it?
It’s just another example of political correctness run amok – showing tolerance and reasonable accommodation to those who are the most intolerant and least accommodating.
It’s weird that as Inspector Anand justifiably rails against the cowardice of terrorists, he displays cowardice himself by self-censoring.
The picture accompanying Anand’s column shows several Parisians holding aloft an illuminated sign stating, “Not Afraid.”, but an Inspector with the Toronto Police Service seems afraid to name names and condemn those who carry out heinous acts of terror.
That kinda makes me afraid – not to mention pessimistic.
How can we address the world’s most pressing security crisis if even the agents of law enforcement in the west lack the courage to identify the root causes of that crisis?